James Wilson

James Wilson’s View on Oaths

James Madison’s notes from July 23, 1787 at the Constitutional Convention feature a report on various views on proposals to require an “oath to support the articles of the Union.” When Madison turned to the views of James Wilson, Madson recounted that Wilson considered them as a “left-handed security only.” What ever does that phrase

David Hume & the Origins of Liberalism with Prof. Aaron Zubia

Professor Aaron Zubia joins Anchoring Truths Podcast host Garrett Snedeker to discuss his newbook analyzing David Hume’s political theory with its implications on liberalism. Professor Zubia gives a glimpse into what the state of affairs was in the age of the Scottish Enlightenment, the ancient and Epicurean roots Hume has, and the modern applications and

James Wilson and “We the People”

Prof. John Mikhail describes the unique role of James Wilson among the Founders as both moral philosopher and legal scholar who shaped our Constitution and our concept of who “We the People” are in the United States.

Unlocking Constitutional Meaning: James Wilson as the Key

Profs. John Mikhail and Jonathan Gienapp join Garrett Snedeker and Hadley Arkes to discuss the life and work of James Wilson, one of the American Founders. They point out how Wilson’s ideas and jurisprudence shaped the discussion at the Founding and how understanding them can help us understand our Constitution today.

The God of the Declaration

The American Founders and Lincoln believed in a Natural Law and a natural lawgiver at the moral core of the project they brought forth, argues JWI Affiliated Scholar Justin Dyer

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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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