Free Exercise of What?

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Novelists as Pimps

Monday, 01-10-2022

  In hell, Francesca da Rimini tells Dante of the moment of her downfall.  She and her brother-in...

Covid and Civil Disobedience

Monday, 01-03-2022

  I received this letter at the beginning of autumn, when the Covid regulatory regime was...

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 and natural rights philosophy; conscience and moral self-deception; virtue and moral character; family and sexuality in relation to political and social order; religion in 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, usually on Mondays, and you can subscribe to the website.   At the site you can also find my books, my articles in First Things and other magazines and professional journals, and my Office Hours dialogues and Ask Theophilus letters.  My newest books are Commentary on Thomas Aquinas's Treatise on Divine Law (Cambridge, 2021), along with Commentary on Thomas Aquinas's Treatise on Happiness and Ultimate Purpose (Cambridge, 2020), Commentary on Thomas Aquinas's Virtue Ethics (Cambridge, 2017), Commentary on Thomas Aquinas' s Treatise on Law (Cambridge, 2014), and a free online Companion to the latter work (also Cambridge).  You can find out about these books, read samples, and download the Companion through those links, and you can find out about my other books, both academic and trade, at the Books page.  Presently I am completing a book about How and How Not to Be Happy.

Abbreviated curriculum vitae

Courses and syllabi

Descriptions and how to obtain

Some new, some old

Description, samples, how to obtain

Description, samples, how to obtain

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

Useful, interesting, some just amusing