James Bowman

James Bowman

Resident Scholar

Contact: jamesbowman@eppc.org

James Bowman is a Resident Scholar at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Mr. Bowman is well known for his writing on honor, including his book, Honor: A History and “Whatever Happened to Honor,” originally delivered as one of the prestigious Bradley Lectures at the American Enterprise Institute in 2002, and republished (under the title “The Lost Sense of Honor”) in The Public Interest.

Among the other publications to which he has contributed are Harper’sThe Public InterestThe Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalThe Daily and Sunday Telegraph of London, The Weekly Standard and National Review.

He has worked as a freelance journalist, serving as American editor of the Times Literary Supplement of London from 1991 to 2002, as movie critic of The American Spectator since 1990 and as media critic of The New Criterion since 1993. He has also been a weekly movie reviewer for The New York Sun since the newspaper’s re-foundation in 2002.

Mr. Bowman received B.A. degrees from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania and the University of Cambridge in England, where he also did graduate study and received an M.A. in 1979.







A Topos of Chaos

Published in The New Criterion - December 2015 issue on December 31, 2015






Oneself in Others

Published in The Weekly Standard on September 18, 2014


Dean of Contradictions

Published in The Weekly Standard on June 9, 2014


Casualties of War

Published in The Weekly Standard on January 3, 2014


Who’s The Hippest of Them All?

Published in The American Spectator on November 1, 2013


Movie Review: Gravity

Published in JamesBowman.net on October 25, 2013




Wisdom of the Age

Published in The Weekly Standard on October 1, 2012



The Dawn of Print

Published in The Weekly Standard on January 30, 2012


Believing Is Seeing

Published in The Weekly Standard on December 19, 2011


Cut and Dried

Published in The New Criterion






The Right Thing

Published in The Weekly Standard on January 17, 2011









Unhappy Is the Land

Published in The New Criterion on February 1, 2010


American Heroes

Published in The Weekly Standard on January 4, 2010



Decline of the Honor Culture

Published in Policy Review No. 156 on August 1, 2009





















Defining Definitions Down

Published in Wall Street Journal on April 26, 2008


Media Monument

Published in National Review Online on April 11, 2008


The Wrong Stuff

Published in American Spectator on February 13, 2008



Mildly Mendacious Media

Published in National Review Online on January 29, 2008


Charlie Wilson's War

Published in American Spectator on January 7, 2008


The Fame Factor

Published in The American Spectator on December 10, 2007



Unborn in the USA

Published in American Spectator on June 28, 2007



Getting It Right

Published in The New Criterion on June 1, 2007



Feared, Loved, Ridiculed

Published in The American Jan/Feb 2007 on January 1, 2007


We Need More Heroes

Published in National Review Online on April 18, 2007


Death of a Hero

Published in Weekly Standard Vol. 012, No. 27 on March 17, 2007


Affairs to Forget

Published in Wall Street Journal on February 9, 2007


The Nativity Story

Published in The New York Sun on December 1, 2006


Hearts of Darkness

Published in The New York Sun on October 20, 2006