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Beckwith, Francis


Resident Scholar, Philosophy & Church-State Studies
Baylor University
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Francis J. Beckwith is Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies at Baylor University, where he also serves as associate director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy as well as co-director (with Trent Dougherty) of the Program on Philosophical Studies of Religion in the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. Although his appointment is in the department of philosophy, he also teaches courses in political science as well as in the J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, where he served as its Associate Director from July 2003 until January 2007. In 2008-09 he served on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame as the Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow in Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics & Culture. A 2002-03 Research Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, Professor Beckwith currently serves as a member of Princeton’s James Madison Society.


A graduate of Fordham University (Ph.D. and M.A. in philosophy), he also holds the Master of Juridical Studies (M.J.S.) degree from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he won a CALI Award for Academic Excellence in Reproductive Control Seminar. His writes, teaches, and speaks in the areas of ethics, jurisprudence, religion, and politics. His articles have been published in a number of academic journals across a variety of disciplines including Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy; San Diego Law Review; Synthese; International Philosophical Quarterly; Nevada Law Journal; Public Affairs Quarterly; Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy; Journal of Law & Religion; American Journal of Jurisprudence; Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly; Chapman Law Review; Journal of Medicine & Philosophy; Social Theory & Practice; Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics; Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society; Santa Clara Law Review; Christian Bioethics; Ethics & Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics; Josephinum Journal of Theology; Journal of Church & State; Sacred Tribes Journal; University of St. Thomas Journal of Law & Public Policy; Human Life Review; Journal of Social Philosophy; Journal of Libertarian Studies; Journal of Medical Ethics; Ratio Juris; Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture; The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology; The Heythrop Journal; Catholic Social Science Review; and Philosophia Christi.

His latest books include A Second Look At First Things: A Case For Conservative Politics – The Hadley Arkes Festschrift (with R. P. George & S. McWilliams) (St. Augustine Press, 2013); Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft (InterVarsity Press, 2010); Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic (Brazos Press, 2009); Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice (Cambridge University Press, 2007).