Thinkers


Aristotle

“Leo Strauss on Why Aristotle is the Founder of Political Science but Not of Political Philosophy.” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 87 (2013):  forthcoming

Review of Ideal Government and the Mixed Constitution in the Middle Ages, by James M. Blythe. Review of Metaphysics 47 (1994), 603-5.


Augustine 

Nova Doctrina Vetusque: Essays on Early Christianity in Honor of Fredric W. Schlatter, S.J.  New York: Peter Lang, 1999.  (Co-editor, with Catherine Brown Tkacz, and contributor of an essay entitled, “Virgil, Daniel, and Augustine’s Dialogic Pedagogy in De magistro.”)

"Augustine's Argument with Natural Rights - and with the Christians Who Love Them," download

"Augustine's Confessions and University Communities," download

Review of Augustine in the Italian Renaissance: Art and Philosophy from Petrarch to Michelangelo, by Meredith Gill. Augustinian Studies 37 (2006): 133-35.

“Teaching Augustine’s Confessions,” Association for Core Texts and Courses national conference, Irving, Texas, April 2004.


Thomas Aquinas & Natural Law

"Thomas Aquinas's Hebraic Political Philosophy," download


Robert Bellarmine

A Review of “On Temporal and Spiritual Authority”; “The Theological-Political Origins of the Modern State: The Controversy between James I of England and Cardinal Bellarmine”; “Jesuit Political Thought: The Society of Jesus and the State, c. 1540-1630”; and “Empire of Souls: Robert Bellarmine and the Christian Commonwealth,” download

“Defending Robert Bellarmine.” In Jerusalem, Athens, and Rome: Essays in Honor of James V. Schall, S.J. Edited by Marc D. Guerra (South Bend, Ind.: St. Augustine’s Press, 2013), 120-138. 


Cicero

"Between Numa & Zeno: Cicero's Program for Religious Reform," download


Fortin

"What does Ernest Fortin Have to Say to Political Philosophers?," download

“In Defense of Fortin.”  Review of Politics 64 (2002): 411-13.  (A short, invited response to an essay by Brian Tierney that was published in the same volume.  Tierney’s essay and this response were translated into Italian and republished in elites: l’ordine della diversità e del molteplice 7 [2003]:  21-23.)


Solzhenitsyn

"Self-Limitation as a Virtue of Soul: Solzhenitsyn and the Human Future," download

“How Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Remembered in The Gulag Archipelago.”  Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture conference at the University of Portland.  Portland, Oregon, April 17, 2010.


Strauss

"Leo Strauss's Criticism of Thomas Aquinas's Understanding of Conscience," download

“Leo Strauss on Why Aristotle is the Founder of Political Science but Not of Political Philosophy.” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 87 (2013):  forthcoming

“On Leo Strauss’s Understanding of the Natural Law Theory of Thomas Aquinas.” Thomist 57 (1993): 215-32. (Reprinted in Great Political Thinkers, eds. J.M. Dunn and Ian Harris.)


Jane Austen

"Virtue and Romance: Allan Bloom on Jane Austen and Aristotelian Ethics" (with daughter Mary Beth Garbitelli), download


Rousseau

Piety and Humanity: Essays on Religion and Early Modern Political Philosophy, Lanham, Maryland:  Rowman & Littlefield, 1997. (Editor, author of introduction and of two essays entitled, “The Displacement of Christian Historiography in Montesquieu’s Book on the Romans” and “Rousseau and the Problem of Religious Toleration.”)


Tocqueville

“Tocqueville’s Unfinished Manuscript on Ireland.” Review of Politics 74 (2012):  631-57.

“Alexis de Tocqueville on ‘Civil Religion’ and the Catholic Faith.”  In Civil Religion Then and Now: The Philosophical Legacy of Civil Religion and Its Enduring Relevance in North America. Edited by Ron Weed and John von Heyking (Catholic University of America Press, 2010), 167-204.