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

Hadley with his godfather, Michael Novak, a contributor to this volume.

I am pleased to announce the official release of A Second Look at First Things: A Case for Conservative Politics, a book edited by me, Robert P. George (Princeton University), and Susan McWilliams (Pomona College), with a forward by Daniel Robinson (Oxford University). Published by St. Augustine’s Press, it is a festschrift in honor of the renowned political philosopher, Hadley Arkes (Amherst College). What follows is the Table of Contents:

Foreword
Daniel Robinson (Oxford University)

Introduction: A Second Look at First Things
Francis J. Beckwith (Baylor University)

I. Conservatism, Statecraft, and Soulcraft

1. 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. Jurisprudence

5. 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 Project

8. J. Budziszewski (University of Texas, Austin)
“Why the Natural Law Suggests a Divine Source”

9. Vincent Phillip Muñoz (University of Notre Dame)
“The Place of Religion Among the American Founders”

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 Institutions

12. Robert P. George (Princeton University)
“On the Moral Purposes of Law and Government”

13. James R. Stoner, Jr. (Louisiana State University)
“The Justice of the Market and the Common Good: Justice Sutherland’s Debate”

14. Christopher Tollefsen (University of South Carolina)
“The Unborn and the Scope of the Human Community”

15. Peter Augustine Lawler (Berry College)
“Being Personal These Days: Designer Babies and the Future of Liberal Democracy”

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  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    Looks like a really good book. Unfortunately I’m over saturated with politics from the daily news and make it a personal rule not to read political books. Perhaps I may break that rule for this one.

  • Benjamin Keil

    Dr. Beckwith: This looks like a fine volume indeed! However, I went to the Amazon page you linked and it appears as if no Kindle ebook version is available. A quick search at other book sellers didn’t turn up a digital version either. Is an ebook version of this text “in the pipeline” or do no such plans currently exist?

    Yours Sincerely,
    ~Benjamin

    • http://returntorome.com/ Francis J. Beckwith

      Good question, Benjamin. Unfortunately, I don’t know the answer. You should contact the publisher, St. Augustine’s Press

  • scottrose

    Arkes is a notorious anti-gay bigot. The Amherst academic community was ashamed of him being on the faculty, and demanded that the Board of Trustees disassociate itself from his anti-gay bigotry.

    • 1no Yamanaka

      Scott Rosenbooger, the pedophile.
      Bet you have to wear an ankle monitor, Miss Piggy.

    • Reason0verhate

      snottnose is a diseased NAMBLA pedo


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