J. Budziszewski

  • Professor (Department of Government, College of Liberal Arts)


  • PhD Yale

Professor Budziszewski specializes in political philosophy, ethical philosophy, and the interaction of religion with philosophy, including philosophy of law. Among his research interests are classical natural law, virtue ethics, conscience and moral self deception, the institution of the family in relation to political and social order, religion in public life, 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, Wipf and Stock, 2010), What We Can't Not Know: A Guide (2nd edition, Ignatius, 2011), 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), and On the Meaning of Sex (Intercollegiate Studies Institute Press, 2012). His newest book is Commentary on Thomas Aquinas's Treatise on Law (Cambridge University Press, 2014).