Peter Schuck considers James Q. Wilson’s idea of American Exceptionalism. Excerpt: Is our country unique? That question is difficult for the citizens of any nation to think about objectively. As a matter of common observation, every nation is different,… More
Excerpt: This summer marks the twentieth anniversary of James Q. Wilson’s The Moral Sense. Written in a time of creeping moral relativism, Wilson wrote in defense of judgment — and, in particular, of humans’ natural predisposition to form moral… More
Papers from Thinking about Politics: A Conference Dedicated to Explaining and Perpetuating the Political Insights of James Q. Wilson– Thinking About Politics: A Conference Dedicated to Explaining and Perpetuating the Political Insights of James Q. Wilson took place at Harvard University and Boston College on April 4-5, 2013.
Papers delivered at the conference: Martha Bayles, Boston College, The Crooked Timber of Womanhood John J. DiIulio, Jr., University of Pennsylvania, Moral Sense and Religious Sensibility: James Q. Wilson’s Quest to Understand Human Character and Civic… More
As one of his students — who became a colleague and friend — I learned three lessons from him above all. And in classic Wilson style, they were straightforward: First, be sure to get the facts before opining. Second, be practical. Recognize that the root… More
R. Shep Melnick reviews James Q. Wilson’s American Politics, Then & Now And Other Essays.