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Robert P. George

Robert P. George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, where he directs the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He has served on the President’s Council on Bioethics, has written numerous books on civics, the natural law, and the Constitution, and has been described by the New York Times as “this country’s most influential conservative Christian thinker.” In 2003, he helped found The Witherspoon Institute, an independent research center in Princeton, NJ, which studies the application of the principles of republican government and ordered liberty to contemporary social, ethical, and technological problems, and which publishes a yearly report in cooperation with The New Atlantis on ethical and policy issues related to the human life sciences.

In The New Atlantis

The Beginning of Life; An Unbalanced Diagnosis; The Enhancement Wars; Three Cheers for Craftsmanship

Number 14 ~ Fall 2006

The First Fourteen Days of Human Life

Number 13 ~ Summer 2006

Acorns and Embryos

Number 7 ~ Fall 2004 - Winter 2005


  • What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense (Encounter Books, 2012)
  • Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism (Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2013)
  • Clash Of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion, and Morality In Crisis (Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2002)
  • In Defense of Natural Law (Oxford University Press, 2001)
  • Co-author, with Christopher Tollefsen, Embryo: A Defense of Human Life (Doubleday, 2008)
  • Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality (Oxford University Press, 2995)
  • Co-author, with John Keown, Reason, Morality, and Law: The Philosophy of John Finnis (Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • Great Cases in Constitutional Law (Princeton University Press, 2000)
  • Co-author, with Patrick Lee (Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics Cambridge University Press, 2009)
  • Co-editor, with Francis Beckwith, Susan McWilliams, and Daniel Robinson, A Second Look at First Things: A Case for Conservative Politics: The Hadley Arkes Festschrift (St. Augustine’s Press, 2013)
  • Co-editor, with Jean Berthke Elshtain, The Meaning of Marriage: Family, State, Market, And Morals (Spence Publishing, 2006)
  • The Autonomy of Law: Essays on Legal Positivism (Oxford University Press, 1999)
  • Natural Law, Liberalism, and Morality: Contemporary Essays (Oxford University Press, 2001)
  • Co-editor, with Sortirious Barber, Constitutional Politics: Essays on Constitution Making, Maintenance, and Change (Princeton University Press, 2001)
  • Natural Law Theory: Contemporary Essays (Oxford University Press, 1994)
  • Co-editor, with Christopher Wolfe, Natural Law and Public Reason (Georgetown University Press, 2000)
  • Natural Law and Moral Inquiry: Ethics, Metaphysics, and Politics in the Thought of Germain Grisez (Georgetown University Press, 1998)

  • Other Publications

  • “The Problems and Possibilities of Modern Genetics: A Paradigm for Social, Ethical, and Political Analysis” (with Robert P. George), Brookings Institute, The Future of the Constitution, July 5, 2011