Originalism

A Jurisprudence of Hope

Daniel Whitehead reviews Prof. Adrian Vermeule’s “Common Good Constitutionalism,” praising Vermeule’s view of the judiciary while also arguing that a more active judiciary can help reduce progressivism.

Recovering a Conservative State Legal Theory

Jeffrey Bristol engages with Holden Tanner and Jesse Merriam about the role of historical originalism in state and federal structure. He argues that the federal constitution is unique from other nations in that it retains a long, public discourse and history that has matured with fundamental perception and that has been vital to both its conception and meaning.

When “Matter” Really Matters

A focus on the jurisprudence of the school prayer cases, rather than on the matter and form of the polity, avoids the central task for conservative legal scholars and advocates seeking to shape again the moral culture.

Anchoring Truths
Anchoring Truths is a James Wilson Institute project
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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