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Hadley Arkes

Hadley Arkes is a Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute and Edward Ney Professor in American Institutions at Amherst College.


 Dr. Arkes is the author of many books on politics, political philosophy and jurisprudence, including Bureaucracy, the Marshall Plan, and the National Interest (1972), The Philosopher in the City (1981), First Things (1986), Beyond the Constitution (1990), The Return of George Sutherland (1994), Natural Rights and the Right to Choose (2002), and Constitutional Illusions & Anchoring Truths: The Touchstone of the Natural Law (2010). His articles have appeared in professional journals, as well as publications with a wider general audience, such as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, and National Review, where he has been a contributing editor. He has been a contributor, also, to First Things, a journal that took its name from his book of that title.

Dr. Arkes founded the Committee for the American Founding at Amherst, a group of alumni and students seeking to preserve the doctrines of "natural rights" taught by the American Founders and Lincoln. With the same mission, he has preserved his connection to the Madison Program at Princeton University, and served, in 2002-03, as Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School, and Vaughan Fellow in the Madison Program.

Articles found on this site:
Conservatives and Freedom of Speech
By: Hadley Arkes
Posted: February 6, 2018
This article appeared in: Vol. XVIII, Number 1

Is relativism the new default position?


Jack Phillips Has His Day in Court
By: Hadley Arkes
Posted: December 8, 2017
And it's a good one....
An Appeal to Paul Ryan
By: Hadley Arkes
Posted: October 24, 2016
What's at stake in 2016. ...
The Self-Made Trap
By: Hadley Arkes
Posted: February 23, 2016
This article appeared in: Volume XVI, Number 1, Winter 2015/16

Why the Right shuns the best arguments against gay marriage.

Twin Barbarisms
By: Hadley Arkes
Posted: May 5, 2014
This article appeared in: Vol. XIV, Number 2, Spring 2014
From the first moments that the issue of abortion began to arise as one of the central, contentious parts of our national politics, it was as plain to the pro-lifers, as it was preposterous and offensive to the pro-choicers, that the issue of abortion and the issue of slavery shared the same root in...
When a Man Loves a Woman
By: Hadley Arkes
Posted: November 4, 2013
This article appeared in: Vol. XIII, Number 3 - Summer 2013

A review of What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense, by Robert George, Ryan Anderson, and Sherif Girgis

The Mirage of Enumerated Powers
By: Hadley Arkes
Posted: June 6, 2011
This article appeared in: Vol. XI, Numbers 1 & 2 - Winter/Spring 2010/11

Limited government rests ultimately on moral reasoning.

Civil Rights and the Conservative Soul
By: Hadley Arkes
Posted: February 6, 2009
This article appeared in: Vol. IX, Number 1 - Winter 2008/09

What the Right got wrong—and right.

Building Democracy
By: Hadley Arkes
Posted: August 27, 2007
This article appeared in: Vol. VII, Number 3 - Summer 2007

A review of Architecture of Democracy, by Allan Greenberg

The Constitution and Mr. Bush
By: Hadley Arkes
Posted: January 8, 2007
This article appeared in: Vol. VII, Number 1 - Winter 2006/07

Why the president cannot leave constitutional interpretation to the courts.

On Privacy
By: Hadley Arkes
Posted: March 14, 2006
In the run-up to the hearings on Sam Alito, a reporter called from a paper in Sacramento to ask whether the pro-lifers were disturbed that both John Roberts and Sam Alito had accepted a constitutional right to privacy. I explained that there was no problem: They could readily concede a principle of ...
The Rights and Wrongs of Alan Dershowitz
By: Hadley Arkes
Posted: November 4, 2005
This article appeared in: Vol. V, Number 4 - Fall 2005

Dershowitz's secular theory of the origin of rights.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Alan Wolfe
By: Hadley Arkes
Posted: May 20, 2002
This article appeared in: Vol. II, Number 3 - Spring 2002

At the end of this book, we know more about the logic of morals but considerably less about the moral condition of the American people.