Environmental Non Sequiturs

Monday, 11-12-2018

  For an old style car, first you refine hydrocarbons – say, oil.  Then you transport the...

Character May Be Destiny, Personality Isn’t

Monday, 11-05-2018

  Though never nurtured in the lap of luxury, yet I admonish you,I am an intellectual chap, and...

Monday, 10-29-2018: Good Sins?

Monday, 10-29-2018

  In the name of mercy, some recent theologians have suggested that there are elements of good in...

The Underground Thomist -- Natural Law and Natural Rights

This is J. Budziszewski's website. Unbelievable as it may seem, I am not the only person with that name.  One of the others complained to me that he was losing clients because people were getting us confused.  I am the one who has taught since 1981 at the University of Texas at Austin, where I am a professor of government and philosophy.  My academic focus is the ethical basis of politics.  That doesn't mean politicians are virtuous.  It means that choices concerning right and wrong, good and evil, are inseparable from political life -- so, among other things, whether the politicians and citizens are virtuous makes a difference.  I think and write mostly about classical natural law and natural rights philosophy; conscience and moral self-deception; virtue and moral character; family and sexuality in relation to political and social order; religion in public life; authentic vs. counterfeit versions of toleration and liberty; and the unravelling (and possible restoration) of our common culture.  The various parts of this website -- articles, talks, books, dialogues, blog, and so forth -- are variously targeted, some at scholars, some at students, and some at general readers, but I hope everything can be read and enjoyed by everyone.

I blog, usually on Mondays, and you can subscribe to the website.   At the site you can also find my books, my articles in First Things and other magazines and professional journals, and my Office Hours dialogues and Ask Theophilus letters.  My newest books are a Commentary on Thomas Aquinas's Virtue Ethics (Cambridge, 2017) as well as a Commentary on Thomas Aquinas' s Treatise on Law (Cambridge, 2014), along with a free online Companion to the latter work.  You can find out about these books, read samples, and download the Companion through those links.  Presently I am completing a book about happiness and ultimate purpose.

Abbreviated curriculum vitae

Courses and syllabi

Descriptions and how to obtain

Some new, some old

Description, samples, how to obtain

Description, samples, how to obtain

How the varieties of law are related

Occasional reflections on natural law, faith, and philosophy

Scholarly, semischolarly, popular

If you wish me to speak to your organization

What happened and why it belongs here

Useful, interesting, some just amusing