The Underground Thomist
This is J. Budziszewski's personal website. There are other people with that name, however unbelievable that may seem. One of the others complained to me that he was losing clients because people were getting us confused. To prevent all possibility of confusion: I am the one who teaches at the University of Texas at Austin, where I am a professor of government and philosophy. I've taught there since 1981. 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 (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.
New posts appear on the Blog page; I hope to have a bloggier format set up soon, and I'm also planning to add an RSS feed. 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 in August, 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. If you're looking for my First Things essays, you can find them on the Read Articles page. If you're looking for my Office Hours dialogues and Ask Theophilus letters, you can find them on the Theophilus Unbound page.