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By J. Budziszewski | Comments: ( 746 ) | Date: ( Feb 26, 2020 )

J Budziszewski s newest book is about the lost world of common truths about what we all really know about right and wrong We are passing through an eerie phase of history The things that everyone really knows are treated as unheard of, and the principles of decency are attacked as indecent Exposing the emptiness of contemporary moral fashions, Budziszewski explores theJ Budziszewski s newest book is about the lost world of common truths about what we all really know about right and wrong We are passing through an eerie phase of history The things that everyone really knows are treated as unheard of, and the principles of decency are attacked as indecent Exposing the emptiness of contemporary moral fashions, Budziszewski explores the rules of human conduct that we can t not know Budziszewski s purpose is to bolster the confidence of plain people in the rational foundations of their common moral sense There are certain moral truths as real as arithmetic that are part of the equipment of a rational mind He describes the basic principles of morality known to all men, explains why those principles are under attack, and demonstrates that we do in fact know what we think we know Addressing the persuaded, the half persuaded, and the wish I were persuaded, Budziszewski shows Protestants, Catholics, and Jews the unanimity of their traditions on the common truths And what about the unpersuaded, those who deny the reality of a moral law They are on the other side of a dispute over the basic norms for human life Civility, Budziszewski insists, does not require denying the unprecedented gulf between the two sides What s needed are both charity and clarity, which Budziszewski provides in abundance A few times in a generation, if we are fortunate, moral intelligence finds a voice as lucid, engaging, and relentless as that of J Budziszewski, says Richard John Neuhaus, publisher of First Things.


  • Title: What We Can't Not Know: A Guide
  • Author: J. Budziszewski
  • ISBN: 9781890626549
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

J. Budziszewski

J Budziszewski born 1952 is professor of government at the University of Texas, Austin, where he has taught since 1981 He specializes in ethics, political philosophy and the interaction of these two fields with religion and theology.Budziszewski has written widely, in both scholarly and popular venues, about a variety of moral and political issues including abortion, marriage, sexuality, capital punishment, and the role of judges in a constitutional republic His principal area of publication is the theory of natural law.Apart from his scholarly philosophical work, Budziszewski is known for articles and books of Christian apologetics, addressed to a broad audience including young people and college students.Ph.D Political Science, Yale University, 1981.M.A Political Science, University of Florida, 1977.B.A Political Science, University of South Florida, 1975.2002 present Professor, Departments of Government and Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin.1995 2002 Associate Professor, Departments of Government and Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin.1988 1995 Associate Professor, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin.1981 1988 Assistant Professor, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin.1980 1981 Acting Instructor, Departments of Political Science, Yale University.



Comments What We Can't Not Know: A Guide

  • Angela Blount

    "Of course, for whatever is amiss in these pages (and there will be much), the blame is mine. But permit me to be grateful if anything in them is true.” I’m not sure how to even begin to review this book; the amount of information is so dense and profound. I suppose it’s worth noting that it’s a philosophical examination of morality set from a decidedly Christian standpoint. To that end, I would hold it as a valuable primer for those already biblically inclined, if not everyone who may b [...]


  • Randy

    It seems impossible these days to speak of a moral consensus. Even the most basic moral duties are increasingly seen as dispensible: honesty, promise-keeping, faithfulness to spouses. The idea seems to be that at issue is not moral right or wrong, only moral disagreement. But school shootings and desertion of minor children by fathers are some of the symptoms of the chaos that results from adopting as axiomatic that you shall not impose you morality on someone else. In fact to claim as the autho [...]


  • John

    In this book, Budziszewski argues that there is a body of knowledge that all people know. He wants the book “is to bolster the confidence of plain people in the rational foundations of their common moral sense,” as well as “present the explanation in such a way that all of the people who think and write about the common truths can achieve a firmer alliance in their defense.” p. xviThe book is largely a natural defense and explanation of the Ten Commandments. He argues that a moral law ex [...]


  • Jeff Miller

    J. Budziszewski was an Evangelical who converted to the Catholic Church in 2004. His book on the Natural Law “What we can’t not know” was published by Spence around the same time. Recently Ignatius Press has issued an expanded version of this book with a new preface and updated content. Natural Law theory was something I wanted to go deeper into and so I got this book after seeing it mentioned at Insight Scoop.I’m glad that I did since What We Can’t Not Know: A Guide is a very good int [...]


  • Abigail Hartman

    An excellent work on the natural law, or the moral framework built into all mankind. Written from an unashamedly Christian (in this case, Catholic) point of view, it is nonetheless intended for a diverse audience, especially those who are uncertain what they believe regarding ethics and morality. The author discusses a number of pertinent issues, but focuses most on abortion; his chapter on the Furies of the conscience goes into enough detail to leave the reader - myself, at least - feeling ill. [...]


  • Steve

    This is a useful explanation of natural law and how it works. There is a lot more to say, and maybe some stronger theological and exegetical underpinnings might help.


  • alexandra

    My dad's book!


  • Evan Minton

    This book is a pretty good defense of The Moral Argument for God's existence. The book's primary purpose though, is in defense of the existence of the moral law, without which one could not make an inference to a moral law Giver. The moral law ("natural law" to use the author's terminology) is the thing we can't not know. The author talks about "The Four Witnesses" to the moral\natural law. He deals with arguments given in favor of moral relativism and shows how they ultimately fail to prove tha [...]


  • Kc

    This book is on my list to read as part of an MBA program. The book is well written and deserves an "I like it" even though I actually hated reading some parts of it as the author challenges some of my own understandings so thoroughly. For example, I can not agree with the author that sex is solely for procreation and cannot strike off homosexuality as being "against natural law". That being said, the logic of the author is very well presented and the way he expresses and organizes his thoughts [...]


  • Purnacandra Sivarupa

    This one's not very easy for me to review.I'm a morally conservative kind of guy. And, on top of that, the overall thrust of "natural law" theory seems to be pretty accurate, to me. I really do accept the notion that there are things "we can't not know", insofar as any reasonable adult can agree on certain universal ethical precepts; sure, as J. Budziszewski points out time and again, the roots and implications of these moral basics may not be readily apparent apart from ratiocination and educat [...]


  • Jeremiah Parker

    This is a wise book. It probably won’t convince the unconvinced, but it’ll help the likeminded to think more clearly. I want to focus on a little section near the end of the book. He gives some suggestions on how not to engage culture. ExclusivismBy this he means not engaging the culture at all. Rather, enjoying your own subculture – “preaching to the choir.” This approach can activate one’s base but it won’t win hearts and minds. It will however activate and enrage the other camp [...]


  • John Orman

    Professor Budziszewski here gives us a lesson in right and wrong--and where many societies went wrong in determining which is which. Moral relativism is where we are today, with the professor attempting to make a case for traditional morality in the face of evil and sin, and that it is possible to define moral truths.The section headings lay out the logical path of the book: The Lost World, Explaining the Lost World, How the Lost World Was Lost, and Recovering the Lost World. The appendices atte [...]


  • Karl

    This is one of the best and most readable introductions to natural law ethics today. Budziszewski is a brilliant author, as seen in his other works. However, this is THE book to suggest to someone interested in natural law theory, as well as Christians concerned about how to react to current moral and political issues. (He also includes a nice pointed critique of presuppositionalism not found in Written on the Heart . . . )


  • Dayna

    I liked the content - I think that Budziszewski definitely has some very interesting points that really make sense, and I had never thought of them in that way before. Some parts were really quite revelatory. But the language style seemed very flat and almost archaic, which made it a slow read that I just couldn't get excited about.


  • Laurie

    Superb and carefully argued defense of natural law, which deserved careful and repeated readings. Author is not only knowledgeable but an excellent and engaging writer. He writes from a strongly Christian worldview, but tries to leave the Biblical law aside in looking at natural law per se. Highly recommended.


  • Michael

    This book is an argument for Natural Law, that is, all people both believers and non-believers have a natural moral law inside them that governs them. Some people suppress this law while others listen to it and even nurture it. The book did not have a lot of practical application did provide some thought provoking insights.


  • Darin

    I don't think I exaggerate when I say that it took me almost two years to complete this book. I don't feel bad about that for two reasons. First, I'll read it again. Second, it was completely worth it. The author took a book on a subject that most people cannot speak about rationally (the natural law) and made it quite clear. Completely worth your time in every way,


  • Lauren

    Only read intro and section three before I had to pass it along- but it's amazing and totally worth buying.


  • Rebekah Valerius

    This is a must-read primer on natural law. I'm kicking myself for having this book, unread, on my shelf for years. I wish I would have read it sooner. More to come later .


  • Robert Croll

    Thought provoking analysis of wordlviews. Addresses core issues of life.


  • David Norris

    An excellent explanation of natural law. I enjoyed the dialog chapter the best.


  • Kim

    Glad I read it, but too much circular logic to be significant or useful in the way the author intended (as a narrative for believers).


  • Daniel

    This is an excellent work on moral philosophy written by an important natural law thinker of our day.


  • Jim Janknegt

    J. Bud goes deep into the explanation of natural law, another name for what we can't not know. Very clear writing with many good examples. I highly recommend!


  • Asha Thao

    To deny what we can’t not know, we go to great lengths to try to change that fundamental moral code with which we are very familiar, and that applies to all of us.


  • Eric Barger

    Excellent primer on Natural Law. Loved it.


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