The Underground Thomist
This is the home page of J. Budziszewski's scholarly website. I have been teaching 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. No, that doesn't mean that 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; conscience; moral character; moral self-deception; family and sexuality; religion and public life; authentic vs. counterfeit versions of toleration and liberty; and the unravelling 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. My newest book is a Commentary on Thomas Aquinas' Treatise on Law, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press along with an online Companion to the Commentary on August 1, 2014. The Treatise, which is part of the Summa Theologiae, is the most important source for the classical natural law tradition. You can find out about the commentary, and read samples, by clicking the link below.