J. Budziszewski (Ph.D. Yale, 1981), professor of government and philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin, has long worked at the intersection of ethical and political philosophy and ethical and political theology. Among his many research interests are virtue ethics, family and sexuality, the dependence of toleration on moral judgment, the relation between faith and reason, and the nature of the human person. However, he is most well known for his work on conscience, natural law, and moral self-deception -- what happens when we tell ourselves that we don't know what we really do.
Noted for the accessibility of his style, Dr. Budziszewski has published widely not only in professional journals but in periodicals of wider readership such as First Things. His scholarly books include The Resurrection of Nature: Political Theory and the Human Character (Cornell, 1986), The Nearest Coast of Darkness: A Vindication of the Politics of Virtues (Cornell, 1988), True Tolerance: Liberalism and the Necessity of Judgment (Transaction, 1992), Written on the Heart: The Case for Natural Law (InterVarsity, 1997; winner of a Christianity Today book award in 1998), The Revenge of Conscience: Politics and the Fall of Man (Spence, 1999), What We Can't Not Know: A Guide (Spence, 2003), Evangelicals in the Public Square: Four Formative Voices (Baker Academic, 2006), Natural Law for Lawyers (Blackstone Fellowship, 2006), and, most recently, The Line Through the Heart: Natural Law as Fact, Theory, and Sign of Contradiction (Intercollegiate Studies Institute Press, 2009).
As well as a scholar, Dr. Budziszewski is a popular public speaker, and has travelled all over the country to address groups including especially undergraduate, graduate, law, and medical students on topics such as natural law. Unknown to most of his colleagues, he has a "second life" as the inimitable Professor Theophilus, author of a series of popular online dialogues. His three books for Christian college students, How to Stay Christian in College, Ask Me Anything, and Ask Me Anything 2 (NavPress), have reached hundreds of thousands of young readers. He will soon be online at two new websites, Theophilus Unbound, www.TheophilusUnbound.com, for young Christians, and The Underground Thomist, www.UndergroundThomist.com, for those interested in natural law.
Dr. Budziszewski has been married for almost 40 years and has two grown children. An interview presenting his spiritual biography can be found at http://www.ignatiusinsight.com/features2005/print2005/jbudziszewski_int_print.html. For all those who must be wondering, the correct pronunciation of his unusual last name is "Boojee-shef-skee."