The Underground Thomist

This is J. Budziszewski's personal website. There are other people with that name -- can you believe it? -- but 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 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 usually appear on Mondays on the Blog page; I hope to have a bloggier format set up by mid to late April, and I'm also planning to add an RSS feed.  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.  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.

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