J. Budziszewski

Professor Budziszewski specializes in political philosophy, ethical philosophy, and the interaction of religion with philosophy.

Among his research interests are classical natural law, virtue ethics, moral self deception, family and sexuality, and the problem of toleration.

His books include The Resurrection of Nature: Political Theory and the Human Character (Cornell, 1986), The Nearest Coast of Darkness: A Vindication of the Politics of Virtues (Cornell, 1988), True Tolerance: Liberalism and the Necessity of Judgment (Transaction, 1992), Written on the Heart: The Case for Natural Law (InterVarsity, 1997), The Revenge of Conscience: Politics and the Fall of Man (Spence, 1999), Evangelicals in the Public Square (Baker Academic, 2006), Natural Law for Lawyers (Blackstone Fellowship, 2006), The Line Through the Heart: Natural Law as Fact, Theory, and Sign of Contradiction (Intercollegiate Studies Institute Press, 2009), What We Can’t Not Know: A Guide (2d ed. Ignatius, 2011), and On the Meaning of Sex (Intercollegiate Studies Institute Press, 2012), and Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s Treatise on Law (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

His newest book is Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s Virtue Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Slaves and masters
15 Jan 2019 | ABOVE |  
tags: New Testament, philosophy, slavery
Ancient slavery was not all one thing, and did not exclude friendship.

Doing what I like
22 Nov 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: philosophy, reason, virtue ethics
Go ahead, but it's better to aim at a good life.

Character may be destiny, personality isn’t
8 Nov 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: conservatism, liberalism, personality, reason
The substitution of diagnosis for argument is one of the great fallacies of our time

A Tasket, a Tiskit, a Green and Orange Statistic
25 Jul 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: polls, US presidents
“There’s a New No. 1 In Presidential Rankings.” Oh, really?

Public worship, public error, and indifference
22 Jun 2018 | ABOVE |  
tags: natural law, paganism, secularism
Is the worship of pagan gods preferable to godless secularism?

On trying to be good without God
8 Jun 2018 | ABOVE |  
tags: atheism, philosophy, virtue
The atheist faces both logical and psychological obstacles.

It’s all about me
25 May 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: dialogue, philosophy, reason
Why do some people refuse to discuss the important things in life?

Thomas Aquinas on marriage, fruitfulness, and faithful love
16 May 2018 | ABOVE |  
tags: Humanae Vitae, marriage, Thomas Aquinas
The marital union is good in itself, and therefore pleasurable. Hedonists get this backward.

Cohabitation is not marriage prep
3 May 2018 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: cohabitation, gender equality, women
Even less so for women than for men.

Political partying
9 Mar 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: infanticide, politics
Which to support? Start by ruling out parties committed to deeds that are intrinsically evil.

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