Philosophy

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 American Regime and Its Moral Ground

Hadley Arkes traces the moral ground of the American Regime to the Declaration of Independence’s conception of natural law, which frames rights in the context of an enduring human nature.

What is the Basis of “Natural Rights?”

In this video from the Federalist Society’s No. 86 Series, JWI Founder and Director Prof. Hadley Arkes summarizes Aristotle’s study of human nature. Human beings are naturally social and political animals. The American Founders logically concluded from these premises that natural law means all men are created equal and that government properly exists only by

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