William B. Allen: A New Translation of Montesquieu’s “The Spirit of the Laws”
For the first podcast episode of 2024, Prof. W. B. “Bill” Allen joins JWI Founder & Director Hadley Arkes and Anchoring Truths Podcast host Garrett Snedeker to discuss Allen’s new translation of Montesquieu’s most famous work, The Spirit of the Laws. (from Anthem Press) They discussed the influence of Natural Law on Montesquieu’s political thought, distinctions between political and moral virtue, his influence on the colonies and on the American Founding, and much more.
Prof. Allen is the Dean Emeritus, and Emeritus Professor of Political Science, of the James Madison College of Michigan State University. He is a former member and chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and has been a Kellogg National Fellow, Fulbright Fellow and a member of the National Council on the Humanities. He has published several books, including George Washington: America’s First Progressive and Rethinking Uncle Tom: The Political Philosophy of H. B. Stowe. He also edited such collections as George Washington: A Collection and The Essential Antifederalist and has published numerous scholarly articles on political philosophy and American political thought. Allen received his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in 1972.
February 23, 2024
In this special "minisode," JWI Deputy Director Garrett Snedeker and Programs Director Daniel Osborne sit down to talk a bit about the ideas and debates that came to characterize 2023. They discuss Mere Natural Law, Originalism, Historicism, and Courage.
February 16, 2024
Catherine Glenn Foster (James Wilson Fellowship Alumna '16) joins Anchoring Truths Podcast host Garrett Snedeker to discuss the state of the pro-life movement in America.
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November 9, 2023
Join the Anchoring Truths Podcast team and Professor Kevin C. Walsh from Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law for a discussion over Prof. Walsh's fascinating talk with Justice Amy Coney Barrett. We trace the intellectual origins of judicial supremacy from Lincoln's time to the years of the Warren Court to our current political moment and discuss the proper role of the Supreme Court to distill what the law means today.
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