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).

The philosophical effects of broken homes

2 Jul 2019
Close the door to divorce. Your children will bless you for it

What makes men men (Part Two)

1 May 2019
A regal calling and a difficult journey

What makes men men?

29 Apr 2019
Potentiality for fatherhood is the key to manhood

Christianity teaches violence and intolerance. True or false?

5 Apr 2019
Contrary to secularist clichés, the Church pioneered the doctrine of religious toleration

Beauty – and other things

11 Feb 2019
Modernist art tends to appeal to something other than beauty

How to be full and exact

28 Jan 2019
Seasoned advice from the Underground Thomist on reading and writing.

Seduction and consent

21 Jan 2019
The sin of which we dare not speak.

Slaves and masters

15 Jan 2019
Ancient slavery was not all one thing, and did not exclude friendship.

Doing what I like

22 Nov 2018
Go ahead, but it's better to aim at a good life.

Character may be destiny, personality isn’t

8 Nov 2018
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
“There’s a New No. 1 In Presidential Rankings.” Oh, really?

Public worship, public error, and indifference

22 Jun 2018
Is the worship of pagan gods preferable to godless secularism?

On trying to be good without God

8 Jun 2018
The atheist faces both logical and psychological obstacles.

It’s all about me

25 May 2018
Why do some people refuse to discuss the important things in life?

Thomas Aquinas on marriage, fruitfulness, and faithful love

16 May 2018
The marital union is good in itself, and therefore pleasurable. Hedonists get this backward.

Political partying

9 Mar 2018
Which to support? Start by ruling out parties committed to deeds that are intrinsically evil.

Reasons for relativism

1 Mar 2018
It's impossible to argue that there are no rules for morality without becoming ridiculous.

Scrubbing memory

9 Feb 2018
Not only monuments are being destroyed.

Doubleplusgood ducktalkers

23 Jan 2018
Newspeak yard signs are in among hipsters.

So called evolutionary ethics

30 Nov 2017
Genes provide no basis for judging between gene and gene. The basis of morality must lie elsewhere.

Two ways to take human nature seriously

15 Nov 2017
Nature means something different to the naturalist than it does to the natural lawyer.

The branding of John Stuart Mill

19 Oct 2017
If it harms ‘only me’, is it no harm at all?

The good libertarian

12 Oct 2017
The bad libertarian is more often a statist.

How not to have clean hands

4 Oct 2017
Like Pontius Pilate, pretend you are not taking sides.

The empire of mood over mind

27 Sep 2017
It isn't logic that rules among opponents of the very idea of God.

The new confessional state

20 Sep 2017
Secularism is becoming a religion.

If you must tear down offensive statues, please be consistent

29 Aug 2017
The images of a racist birth control pioneer should go too.

The new approach to reproductive ethics: making it up

10 Aug 2017
On thumbing one's nose at natural law.

Hear no evil: on being offended by ‘sexual content’

13 Jul 2017
We are as prudish as a colony of Puritans, but our prudery is sham.

The Islamic crisis of reason

23 Jun 2017
The God of Islam does not have to be reasonable.

Is toleration a virtue?

6 Apr 2017
The Underground Thomist explains when and how it is.

So many things

17 Feb 2017
Young people are caught in a media mudslide that destroys intellectual depth.

Why moralists are not necessarily mean

7 Dec 2016
One of them responds to a complaint.


4 Nov 2016
What happens when a state tries to govern too many things.

Is natural law Catholic?

6 Oct 2016
Let's start by distinguishing fact from theory.

Critics: try reading what I actually wrote about Clinton and Trump

18 Aug 2016
My argument for sitting out the election is based on facts about the candidates' characters

Sitting out this hand

2 Aug 2016
A philosopher argues that it is not possible for him to vote for either candidate for president in the US election.

Advice for the Future Ted Cruz

12 May 2016
Do not stoke the fires of passion.

Reasoning badly and reasoning well

7 Apr 2016
A primer on practical reasoning.

Are there people who feel no remorse?

20 Jan 2016
Perhaps, but they still have a conscience.

Which diversity matters (if any)?

13 Jan 2016
Why do academics fret about racial diversity, but not diversity of thinking?

Punishing singles

27 Nov 2015
Is one parent just as good as two?

The principle of natural consequences

13 Nov 2015
There are natural penalties for breaking natural law.

What is natural? What is fitting.

9 Oct 2015
Using our powers for unworthy purposes is unnatural.

Question about ethics of sting operations

3 Aug 2015
Is lying ethical if the cause is just?

Some things are more natural than others

21 May 2015
He who ignores the witness of his design will have to face the witness of natural consequences.

Do we defy the natural law by flying?

17 Apr 2015
No, we use physical laws to keep us in flight.

Is conscience really an illusion?

20 Mar 2015
No. We are made to find meaning in our behaviour.