STARTINGPOINTS

A Journal of American Principles & American Practices

LATEST ARTICLES

What’s New
November 20, 2017 Starting Points

What’s New will be a gateway for readers to learn and benefit from the accumulated wisdom of the excellent scholars working to further our collective understanding of the American political tradition.

Historical Records and Historical Narratives about the Constitutional Convention
November 13, 2017 Lynn Uzzell

It is both prudent and just to question the reliability of the records we use when forming our historical narratives. But it is no less prudent to question the wisdom of forming constitutional narratives that seek to replace the historical records with the historian’s speculations.

Montesquieu and Despotism: Author Interview with Vickie Sullivan
October 9, 2017 The Political Theory Review

A Political Theory Review interview with Vickie Sullivan about her new book, Montesquieu and the Despotic Ideas of Europe

Exit Left: Author Interview with Robert S. Taylor
October 2, 2017 The Political Theory Review

A Political Theory Review interview with Robert S. Taylor about his new book, Exit Left

Free Time: Author Interview with Julie Rose
September 25, 2017 The Political Theory Review

A Political Theory Review interview with Julie Rose about her new book, Free Time

Living the Natural Law in an Age of Natural Rights
September 11, 2017 Douglas Kries

The natural law has much to contribute to our rights-focused political discourse. Three strategies can help those committed to the natural law to bring this contribution to bear in our time.

Do We Need a Natural Law Theory of the State?
September 4, 2017 Lee Ward

Is natural law equipped to ground a normative theory of the liberal democratic state in this era of the great struggle between globalization and its opponents?

Natural Justice and the Amistad
August 28, 2017 Justin Dyer

John Quincy Adams’ oral argument in the Amistad case is notable for its explicit appeal to the authority of the Declaration of Independence and to the practical political relevance of “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”

Executive Exoneration to Congressional Clemency
August 21, 2017 Edward Green

The presidential pardoning power is valuable, but it must be circumscribed to a much greater extent than it currently is if it is to continue to have a positive effect on the governmental system of the United States.

Author Interview with Mark Alznauer
August 12, 2017 The Political Theory Review

A Political Theory Review interview with Mark Alznauer about his new book, Hegel’s Theory of Responsibility