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Thomas G. West

Tom West, a director and senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, is Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College. Prior to joining the faculty at Hillsdale, he was a Professor of Politics at the University of Dallas, where he taught from 1974 to 2011.

 

Thomas G. WestBorn in 1945, West got his B.A. at Cornell in 1967 and his Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University in 1974. He served in Vietnam as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1969-70. He was Bradley Resident Scholar at the Heritage Foundation in 1988-89 and Salvatori Visiting Scholar at Claremont McKenna College from 1990-92.

West's Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class, and Justice in the Origins of America (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997) was the winner of the Bagehot Council's Paolucci Book Award for 2000, for the best book in American history or politics.

He is married to Grace Starry West, who teaches Classics at Hillsdale College. They have four children.

A more complete list of West's publications, including many online versions, go to "Meet the Author" on the website dedicated to West's book Vindicating the Founders: Race, Sex, Class, and Justice in the Origins of America.

Articles found on this site:
Harry V. Jaffa, 1918-2015
By: Michael M. Uhlmann, Edward J. Erler, Thomas G. West, Larry P. Arnn, Michael Anton
Posted: March 10, 2015
This article appeared in: Vol. XV, Number 1, Winter 2014/15

Tributes by Michael M. Uhlmann, Edward J. Erler, Thomas G. West, Larry P. Arnn, and Michael Anton

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Allan Bloom and America
By: Thomas G. West
Posted: March 27, 2014
[This review originally appeared in Vol. VI, No. 1 of the first iteration of the Claremont Review of Books, in the 1988 spring issue] Allan Bloom's Closing of the American Mind was published in 1987, and it has been bought, if not exactly read, by millions of Americans since th...
 
Leo Strauss and American Foreign Policy
By: Thomas G. West
Posted: April 25, 2005
This article appeared in: Vol. IV, Number 3 - Summer 2004

Is there a neoconservative connection?

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Nature and Happiness in Locke
By: Thomas G. West
Posted: March 18, 2004
This article appeared in: Vol. IV, Number 2 - Spring 2004

A review of Launching Liberalism: On Lockean Political Philosophy by Michael P. Zuckert

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The Liberal Assault on Freedom of Speech
By: Thomas G. West
Posted: February 4, 2004
America has less freedom of speech today than it has ever had in its history. Yet it is widely believed that it has more. Liberal law professor Archibald Cox has written: "The body of law presently defining First Amendment liberties" grew out of a "continual expansion of individual fr...
 
God and Man in America
By: Thomas G. West
Posted: February 17, 2003
This article appeared in: Vol. III, Number 2 Spring 2003

A review of Separation of Church and State, by Philip Hamburger.

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Sins of the Fathers
By: Thomas G. West
Posted: September 9, 2002
This article appeared in: Vol. II, Number 4 - Fall 2002

Does Dostoevsky offer a viable alternative to the modern trends he deplores?

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The Theology of the United States
By: Thomas G. West
Posted: December 1, 1996
Liberals believe that the American principle of religious liberty requires not only the separation of church and state, but also the separation of religion from politics. They argue that a prohibited "establishment of religion" exists whenever government promotes religion at all. Some c...
 
Our Current Problems
By: Thomas G. West
Posted: July 16, 2014
This article appeared in: Volume V, No. 2 - Spring 1987

A comment on Wettergreen's review of two books on the Reagan 'revolution'

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Our Problems & Tocqueville's and American political philosophy
By: Thomas G. West, John A. Wettergreen, David B. Broyles
Posted: July 16, 2014
This article appeared in: Volume VI, No. 1 - Spring 1988

West and Wettergreen on Our Problems, and Tocqueville's, and David Broyles on American political philosophy

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Allan Bloom and America
By: Thomas G. West
Posted: July 16, 2014
This article appeared in: Volume VI, No. 1 - Spring 1988

A review of The Closing of the American Mind, by Allan Bloom

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Nobility in the American Founding
By: Thomas G. West
Posted: July 15, 2014
This article appeared in: Volume IV, No. 2 - Summer 1985

A review of American Political Writing During the Founding Era, 1760-1805, edited by Charles S. Hyneman & Donald S. Lutz

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Natural Right and America's future
By: Thomas G. West, Gregory B. Smith
Posted: July 15, 2014
This article appeared in: Volume IV, No. 3 - Fall 1985

Thomas West and Gregory B. Smith on Natural Right and America's future

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Gregory Smith and Natural Right
By: Thomas G. West
Posted: July 15, 2014
This article appeared in: Volume IV, No. 4 - Winter 1985

Sanderson Schaub on Thomas West, Gregory Smith and Natural Right

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God and Man at Harvard
By: Thomas G. West
Posted: July 9, 2014
This article appeared in: Volume II, No. 4 - Winter 1983

A review of Moral Education at Seventeenth-Century Harvard: A Discipline in Transition, by Norma Fiering

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