A fine remembrance of James Q. Wilson by Steven Teles, who has written the outstanding history of the conservative legal movement. Teles was a student of Jim Ceaser, who himself was a student of Wilson's. Teles shows how Wilson's spirit will continue to live on through generations of students:
I believe Jim’s greatest legacy is his ceaseless effort to present the variety of human experience that accompanies the difficult, exasperating, but necessary effort to govern ourselves. I am a liberal, and thus believe that more can be done in that effort that Jim thought possible or prudent. But every time I begin to find my missionary zeal building up around some idea or the other, the James Q. Wilson instinct in me taps me on the shoulder and asks some uncomfortable question.
Those of us who consider ourselves Wilsonians will pass along that questioning, skeptical but not nihilistic spirit to our students. And in that sense, while Jim has passed from this world, his spirit is immortal. God bless his soul.