Second Look at First Things – A Case for Conservative Politics: The Hadley Arkes Festschrift

; Robert P. George ; Susan Mcwilliams ; Daniel Robinson

The conservative movement in America seems to have fallen on hard times. Even though conservative talk radio is at its height, and President Obama had to shift to the political center to win the 2008 election (only to disappoint months after his inauguration), conservative ideas garner little excitement or serious engagement among young people as they once did even just two decades ago. Les mer
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The conservative movement in America seems to have fallen on hard times. Even though conservative talk radio is at its height, and President Obama had to shift to the political center to win the 2008 election (only to disappoint months after his inauguration), conservative ideas garner little excitement or serious engagement among young people as they once did even just two decades ago. We have gone from Eric Voegelin "Don't immanentize the eschaton" to Hannity's "Sean, you're a great American." To be sure, many conservative and liberal young people have firm opinions on issues along the conservative-liberal fault line. They can opine, and fiercely so, by blog, twitter, or email on issues as wide ranging as same-sex marriage, Constitutional interpretation, abortion, free markets, and the role of religion in the public square. But very few, if any, of them seem to be aware of the intellectual patrimony from which their views sprang, and the arguments and reasons that animated the proponents of the ideas they claim to sincerely and deeply hold. "Hope" and "change," though fine words in their own right, do not qualify as actual ideas that may guide presidents and prime ministers to excellence in statecraft.
There was a time when many students in college or graduate school would participate in robust discussions with friend and foe alike about the ideas and arguments plumbed from the works authored by conservative luminaries as diverse as Hayek, Strauss, Voegelin, Buckley, Weaver, Friedman, Kirk, Lewis, Chesterton, and Anscombe, to name just a few. Sadly, there is very little of this going on today in our universities and colleges.
A Second Look at First Things: A Case for Conservative Politics has two purposes. The first is to remedy this contemporary deficit by offering, in one volume, an intelligent, winsome, and readable articulation of conservative ideas on a variety of issues and questions. They range from the abstract ("Why the Natural Law Suggests a Divine Source") to the practical ("Lincoln and the Art of Political Leadership"), and to the provocative ("Being Personal These Days: Designer Babies and the Future of Liberal Democracy").
The second purpose is to honor the great conservative political philosopher, Hadley P. Arkes, the Edward Ney Professor of Jurisprudence and American Institutions at Amherst College. In 2010 he celebrated his 70th birthday, and 2011 marked the 25th anniversary of his classic monograph on natural law and public policy, First Things: An -Inquiry Into the First Principles of Morals and Justice (Princeton University Press, 1986). So, in celebration of these milestones, the editors have chosen to produce a work that is consistent with Hadley's vocation as an exceptional teacher of young people. Although most of those who have read Hadley's books and articles think of him as an engaging and productive scholar, which indeed he is, his students - including both those at Amherst as well as those who have had the privilege to hear his spell-binding lectures elsewhere - know him as an outstanding teacher. His ability to unpack a principle of jurisprudence by weaving together an analytical argument with an enthralling tale or insightful anecdote is truly magical to behold.
Contributors include Michael Novak, Daniel Robinson, Gerard Bradley, Allen Guelzo, Peter Augustine Lawler, Larry Arnn, James Schall, s.j., and Christopher Tollefesen.
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ForewordDaniel Robinson (Oxford University) Introduction: A Second Look at First ThingsFrancis J. Beckwith (Baylor University) I. Conservatism, Statecraft, and Soulcraft1. Larry Arnn (Hillsdale College)"What is Political Conservatism?" 2. Allen Guelzo (Gettysburg College)"Lincoln and Justice for All" 3. Susan McWilliams (Pomona College)"Moral Education and the Art of Storytelling" 4. James Schall, S. J. (Georgetown University)"On `Eating the Last Pizza': The Wit of Hadley Arkes" II. Jurisprudence5. David Forte (Cleveland State University)"The Morality of the Positive Law" 6. Micah Watson (Union University)"Statecraft as Soulcraft: The Case for Legislating Morality" 7. Christopher Wolfe (Marquette University)"Natural Law and Contemporary Liberalism" III. Religion, Liberal Democracy, and the American Project8. J. Budziszewski (University of Texas, Austin) "Why the Natural Law Suggests a Divine Source" 9. Vincent Phillip Munoz (University of Notre Dame) "The Place of Religion in the American Founding"10. Michael Novak (American Enterprise Institute)"Freedom Under God: An American Understanding of Religious Liberty" 11. Gerard Bradley (Notre Dame Law School) "Veritatis Splendor: Exceptionless Moral Norms, Human Rights, and the Common Good" IV. Communities, Persons, and Institutions12. James R. Stoner, Jr. (Louisiana State University)"The Justice of the Market and the Common Good: Justice Sutherland's Debate" 13. Christopher Tollefsen (University of South Carolina)"The Unborn and the Scope of the Human Community" 14. Peter Augustine Lawler (Berry College)"Being Personal These Days: Designer Babies and the Future of Liberal Democracy" 15. Sherif Girgis (Princeton University), Robert P. George (Princeton University), and Ryan T. Anderson (University of Notre Dame)"What is Marriage?"
Francis J. Beckwith is Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Baylor University. He is the author of several books including Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case against Abortion Choice (Cambridge University Press, 2007)


Robert P. George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University, where he is also Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. Among his many books is In Defense of Natural Law (Oxford University Press)


Susan McWilliams is Associate Professor of Politics, Pomona College. She is co-editor (with Patrick Deneen) of The Democratic Soul: A Wilson Carey McWilliams Reader (University Press of Kentucky)