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Written on the Heart

Written on the Heart - 97 edition

Written on the Heart - 97 edition

ISBN13: 9780830818914

ISBN10: 083081891X

Written on the Heart by J. Budziszewski - ISBN 9780830818914
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 97
Copyright: 1997
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
Published: 1997
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Written on the Heart by J. Budziszewski - ISBN 9780830818914

ISBN13: 9780830818914

ISBN10: 083081891X

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 97

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With uninterrupted clarity, frequent eloquence and occasional humor, J. Budziszewski presents and defends the natural law tradition in what is at once a primer for students and a vigorous argument for scholars.

Written on the Heart expounds the work of the leading architects of theory on natural law, including Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas and John Locke. It also takes up contemporary philosophy, theology and political science, colorfully running against the intimidating tide of advanced pluralism that finds natural law so difficult to tolerate.

Throughout the volume, Budziszewski sure-footedly achieves his self-confessed aim of displaying the "subtlety, richness and intellectual surprise" of the natural law tradition.


  • introduction to/defense of the natural law tradition
  • draws on the work of Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, John Locke and John Stuart Mill
  • eloquent
  • clear and cogent
  • takes up current issues in theology, philosophy and political science
  • challenges cultural trends toward pluralism

Author Bio

Budziszewski, J. : University of Texas at Austin

J. Budziszewski is associate professor in the departments of government and philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. His other books include The Resurrection of Nature, The Nearest Coast of Darkness and True Tolerance.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Unit I: Aristotle

1. Politics & the Human Good
2. Moral Excellence & Regime Design
3. Friendship, Justice & the Moral Significance of Law

Unit II: Thomas Aquinas

4. The Grand Design of Law
5. The Law of Nature & the Law of Man
6. Human Law & Regime Design

Unit III: John Locke

7. The State of Nature & the Social Contract
8. Two Views of Natural Law
9. Private Property & Revolution

Unit IV: John Stuart Mill

10. The Pleasure Principle
11. The Problem with the Pleasure Principle
12. Utility & Justice

Intermezzo: The Art of Teaching

Unit V: Written on the Heart

13. A Christian Appraisal of Natural-Law Theory
14. A Reprise of the Older Thinkers
15. A Sampling of Recent Thinkers

Appendix: Elementary Reasoning
Select Bibliography