Articles tagged as First Things

  • Grimm Indeed: Gerry Bradley in First Things

    by James Wilson Institute on July 2, 2021
    In an essay for First Things, JWI Trustee and Senior Scholar Gerry Bradley comments on the Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in Gloucester County School Board v. Grimm. The case turns on whether Gavin Grimm, born a biological female, should be allowed to use the boy’s restroom, with the Fourth Circuit ruling in Grimm’s favor. […]
  • “An Opportunity to Overturn Roe” – Gerry Bradley in First Things

    by James Wilson Institute on May 4, 2021
    In an essay for First Things, JWI Senior Scholar and Trustee Gerry Bradley explores the future of Roe v. Wade and the implications of Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment to the Supreme Court for the pro-life movement. Recently, the Court refused to take action on the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, in which […]
  • “Moral Constitutionalism”– Gerry Bradley in First Things

    by James Wilson Institute on February 16, 2021
    In an essay for the print edition of First Things, JWI Senior Scholar and Trustee Gerry Bradley argues that the dominant form of originalism has failed conservatives time and time again in matters of moral consequence, and a reassessment of it is in order. Originalism, he writes, does indeed remain the correct way of deciding […]
  • LISTEN: Prof. Hadley Arkes on the First Things Podcast

    by James Wilson Institute on July 14, 2020
    In the latest episode of the First Things podcast, JWI founder and director Prof. Hadley Arkes sat down with First Things contributing editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County. Prof. Arkes reviews the metaphysical claims at issue in Bostock and explores some of the potential legal, social, and […]
  • Judge O’Connor, Obamacare, and First Things: The Judge Cites Prof. Arkes While Striking Down Obamacare

    by Hadley Arkes on December 19, 2018
    Reed O’Connor has been quite an interesting federal district court judge in Texas, and this last week, in Texas v. U.S., he managed to stir ripples in our politics and law as he moved, in effect, to strike down Obamacare.   The Republican Congress had not repealed the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), but it did […]
  • AUDIO: Prof. Hadley Arkes on “The Eric Metaxas Show”

    by James Wilson Institute on August 17, 2018
    On August 8th, Prof. Hadley Arkes appeared on The Eric Metaxas Show to discuss a variety of subjects with Mr. Metaxas including the Kavanaugh hearing, the state of American jurisprudence on abortion, natural law and moral reasoning, and Prof. Arkes’s earliest days at Amherst. You’re encouraged to listen to the full interview below.
  • “Conservative Jurisprudence Resorts to Relativism”–Professor Hadley Arkes in First Things

    by James Wilson Institute on June 7, 2018
    Writing at First Things, Professor Arkes weighs in on the decision of the Supreme Court in Masterpiece Cakeshop. The majority opinion has been described as a “narrow” decision to vindicate a Colorado baker in his refusal to supply a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage ceremony. At stake were the defendant’s rights to free expression […]
  • American Founding and the Crisis of the House Divided: Watch Prof. Arkes on C-SPAN

    by James Wilson Institute on December 1, 2016
    On November 26, 2016, C-SPAN aired a recording of Prof. Hadley Arkes delivering one of his iconic lectures, putting in place the premises that were central to the American regime: “The American Founding and the Crisis of the House Divided.” C-SPAN filmed Prof. Arkes in September 2016 delivering an early session in the course that became known to […]
  • “Inescapably Natural” –Prof. Hadley Arkes in First Things

    by James Wilson Institute on March 2, 2016
    In a review at First Things of Natural Law in Court: A History of Legal Theory in Practice by Prof. R.H. Helmholz, Prof. Hadley Arkes reminds us of some common misconceptions about the natural law. For example, the natural law does not illuminate or explain those behaviors or occurrences that may occur through forces of nature.  He […]