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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:
Natural Law Man
By: Michael M. Uhlmann
Posted: July 11, 2011
This article appeared in: Vol. XI, Numbers 1 & 2 - Winter/Spring 2010/11

A review of Constitutional Illusions and Anchoring Truths: The Touchstone of the Natural Law, by Hadley Arkes

The Genteel Abolitionist
By: James R. Stoner, Jr.
Posted: February 26, 2003
This article appeared in: Vol. III, Number 2 Spring 2003

Allowing moral questions to become again a matter for reasoned public debate and common action.