The Underground Thomist

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; conscience; moral character; moral self-deception; family and sexuality; religion and 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 daily here, and you can subscribe to the website here.  If you're looking for my First Things essays or other articles, you can find them here.  If you're looking for my Office Hours dialogues and Ask Theophilus letters, go here.  My newest book is a Commentary on Thomas Aquinas' sTreatise on Law, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press along with an online Companion to the Commentary in September, 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 even read samples, by traveling here

Abbreviated curriculum vitae

Courses and syllabi

Descriptions and how to obtain

Some new, some old

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

Escapades of a virtual colleague, including Office Hours dialogues and Ask Theophilus letters

Useful, interesting, some just amusing