Last week I caught up with Hadley Arkes, Edward N. Ney Professor of Jurisprudence and American Institutions emeritus at Amherst College and the founder and director of the James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights & the American Founding, for a wide-ranging conversation about free speech, moral relativism, abortion, and other constitutional questions. Hadley is the author of numerous indispensable books, including First Things: An Inquiry into the First Principles of Morals and Justice, and, more recently, Constitutional Illusions and Anchoring Truths: The Touchstone of the Natural Law.

Hadley is often described as a cross between Thomas Aquinas and Groucho Marx, and heck, since I can’t improve on that, I won’t even try.

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  1. Architectus Member

    Hadley Arkes is a national treasure, who I have had the pleasure of meeting several times. Looking forward to listening!

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    • October 4, 2019, at 10:02 AM PDT
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  2. colleenb Member

    Delightful interview. I occasionally see Professor Arkes at our parish so I’m grateful that I’ll be able to mention this interview and also pronounce his name correctly (2 syllables, not 1)!

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    • October 4, 2019, at 12:51 PM PDT
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  3. Doctor Robert Member

    He thinks like Aquinas and looks like Marx. Fair enough.

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    • October 5, 2019, at 9:45 AM PDT
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