Patrick J. Deneen

Patrick J. Deneen teaches political theory at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of two books: The Odyssey of Political Theory and Democratic Faith. He posts occasionally at "The American Conservative." http://www.theamericanconservative.com/author/patrick-j-deneen/

Res Idiotica

South Bend, IN My students are know-nothings.  They are exceedingly nice, pleasant, trustworthy, mostly honest, well-intentioned, and utterly decent.  But their minds are largely empty, devoid of any substantial knowledge that might be the ...

Post-Antibiotic

Every morning when I would shuffle to our refrigerator to lug out the gallon of milk for cereal, or after school when I’d stand in front of it wondering if there was anything inside to scrounge, I would see the small clipping from a y...

First Lecture

On Monday, November 11, I delivered the first “First Lecture” to students at the University of Notre Dame.  This series – modeled on the idea of the “Last Lecture” – is intended to introduce a new member ...

Biopolitical Tyranny?

John Milbank has written a remarkable critique of gay marriage that points to the ways it will ultimately and immeasurably strengthen the modern liberal State.  The theologian who launched “Radical Orthodoxy,” and who identifies...

Ron Swanson’s Man Rules

The best thing to come out of Hollywood since….   well, maybe ever:  Ron Swanson’s Man Rules. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but #5 – “Grind it Out” – is an instant classic: We have a certain amount ...

A Refreshing Bit of Sanity

I’ve been sitting in an airport most of today, subject to the inescapable barrage of manufactured outrage that is CNN, and was offered this lifeline of sanity from a reader.  She was responding to a posting of last December in which I...

The New Domesticity

This is a highly confused article on the turn, particularly among women, to forms of “new domesticity.”  Its author, Emily Matchar, appears eager to deny that there is anything good to being “conservative,” yet comes...

Social Science and Human Liberty

At about the same moment I was reading David Brooks’s third “Social Science Palooza,” which is a summary of some recent, interesting findings in the study of human behavior, I received in my inbox the following letter from...

Benedict XVI – Porcher

From an address calling for a renewal of agricultural work by Pope Benedict in November, 2010: “To this end, it is essential to cultivate and spread a clear ethic that is up to the task of addressing current challenges: Everyone shoul...

Leaving Washington

Notre Dame, IN. It was on the virtual “pages” of the Front Porch Republic that I announced last February that I was leaving Georgetown University, in Washington D.C., to accept a position at the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, IN. ...