constitution

1857: The Dred Scott Case

The National Association of Scholars hosted a webinar event between JWI Founder and Director Prof. Hadley Arkes, Prof. Mark Graber of the University of Maryland, and Prof. David Tubbs of King’s College. Moderated by Prof. Vincent Philip Munoz of the University of Notre Dame, Prof. Arkes, Prof. Graber, and Prof. Tubbs discuss the historical, jurisprudential,

The Case for the Unconstitutionality of Abortion

Josh Hammer explores the debate amongst conservatives on whether the legality of abortion should be returned to the states, or if it should be outlawed nationwide. He astutely notes that if pro-lifers adopt the latter position, they will stretch the Overton window in their favor.

Reflections on the Arkes-Strang Debate

Philip Williamson responds to the Arkes-Strang Debate by explaining how the Declaration states the principles of a just government for the United States and how slavery is the exception that proves the rule.

In Defense of Common Good Originalism

Contributing Editor Josh Hammer defends against criticism of his Common-Good Originalism essay, arguing that ambiguities in the text’s meaning require us to give precedence to substantive ideals in interpretation.

Redeeming the Constitution

In his response to David Forte’s “Originalism and Its Discontents,” Bradley Rebeiro utilizes the case study of slavery “to reconsider how we understand this tension between originalism and natural law theory to see if there remains a better way to reconcile the two.”

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