Originalism or Positivism

May 6, 2021

Originalism and Its Discontents

Prof. David Forte responds to "A Better Originalism," reminding we must look at the Constitution as a whole, both its legal presence and its moral principles.
June 17, 2021

The Imperative of a Boring Judiciary

Eric Hageman responds to David Forte and "A Better Originalism," warning that illegitimate lawmaking by judges is not the solution to the current problem of an overreaching judiciary.
March 29, 2021

A Better Originalism

JWI has released a new statement of purpose in collaboration with the American mind, which calls upon conservatives to adopt an originalism of moral substance in the wake of Bostock v. Clayton County.

Noble Lawyer

February 11, 2021

Letter to a Noble Lawyer

Prof. Arkes begins the new series of colloquium by responding to concerns from a lawyer friend about the use of Natural Law in judicial decisions.
February 23, 2021

Why Positive Law Needs Natural Law

Justin Dyer explains why Originalism at its root requires a foundation in Natural Law to make coherent sense.
March 3, 2021

The Constitution's "Value Judgements"

Gerard V. Bradley responds to the claim that Natural Law reasoning is simply Value Judgments.
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The James Wilson Institute’s Mission is to restore to a new generation of lawyers, judges, and citizens the understanding of the American Founders about the first principles of our law and the moral grounds of their own rights.
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