Nathan Schlueter
Philosophy & Religion

Nathan Schlueter

Professor of Philosophy and Religion
“As far back as I can remember, I have been interested in everything. That’s why I chose to study philosophy: the discipline that studies everything in relation to wisdom.”
— Nathan Schlueter

Faculty Information

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B.A., Miami University, 1993

M.A., University of Dallas, 1995

Ph.D., University of Dallas, 1999


Selfish Libertarians and Socialist Conservatives? The Foundations of the Libertarian Conservative Debate.

The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry, ed. with Mark Mitchell (Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 2011).

One Dream or Two? Justice in America and in the Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr.,(Lanham, MA: Lexington Books, 2002).

Chapter in Book: “More than Mere Will: The Ground of Fidelity,” in Torn Asunder: Children, the Myth of the Good Divorce, and the Recovery of Origins.  (Grand Rapids, MI: Erdmans, 2017).


“A Conservative Conversation worth Having: Alasdair MacIntyre and John Finnis on Morality, Politics and the Common Good.” Perspectives on Political Science. 44:102-108 (April 2015).

“Benedict XVI and Leo Strauss on the Crisis of the West,” Modern Age, (Spring, 2013): 22-33.

“Political Philosophy, Problems of.” New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2012-13: Ethics and Philosophy. Gale: 2013.

“Healing the Hidden Wound: The Theology of the Body in Wendell Berry’s Remembering.” Communio 36.3 (Fall 2009).

“The Civil Rights Movement” in Catholic Social Thought, Social Science and Social Policy: An Encyclopedia, eds. Joseph Varacalli, Stephen Krason, Richard Myers, and Michael Coulter, (Landham, MA: Scarecrow Press, 2009).

“The Virtue of ‘Lying’: Recovering the Saving Beauty of Plato’s Poetic Vision.” Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, 9:1 (Winter, 2006): 72-107.

Review of Lying: An Augustinian Theology of Duplicity (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2004). The Catholic Social Science Review. Volume XI (2006): 336-39.

“The Realpolitik of Forgiveness.” Book Review of William Bole, Drew Christianson, SJ, and Robert T. Hennenmeyer, Forgiveness in International Politics…An Alternative Road to Peace (Washington, D.C.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2004). Cistercian Studies Quarterly, vol. 40.2 (2005) 239-40.

“Prospero’s Second Sailing: A Machiavellian Reading of The Tempest,” in Shakespeare’s Late Plays: Readings in Politics and Literature, eds. Travis Curtright and Steve Smith. (Lanham, MA: Lexington Books, 2002).

Online Publications

“Who Tells Your Story?” Law & Liberty, August 21, 2020.

“How to Defend Limited Government and the Common Good.” Law & Liberty, September 9, 2019.

“What Does the Word ‘Liberal’ Mean?” Law & Liberty, April 22, 2019.

“How Not to Become a Dragon.” Library of Law and Liberty, July 14, 2017.

“The True Lessons of 1984.” National Review Online, February 6, 2017.

“Philosophy, the University, and Hillsdale College” Online Article, January 11, 2017.

“Moral Truth and the Ethics of Voting: How Should I Vote?” Public Discourse, August 25, 2016.

“The Politics of Passion: The Lesson of Thomas Moore,” Public Discourse, May 11, 2016.

“Constitution 101: A Lesson for Donald Trump,” Public Discourse, April 28, 2016.

“The Politics of Passion: A Lesson from the Federalist Papers,” Public Discourse, February 25, 2016.

“Memo from Paul Ryan to Georgetown Faculty: Ever Heard of a Tea Party Catholic?” Public Discourse, Nov. 4, 2013.

“Liberal Education versus Liberalist Education,” National Review Online, Oct. 16, 2013. 

“Fifty Years After the March on Washington,” contribution to symposium in National Review Online, August 28, 2013.

“Natural Law Liberalism Beyond Romanticism,” Public Discourse, March 4, 2013.

“Sustainable Liberalism,” Public Discourse, Dec. 7, 2012.

“The Conservative’s Right Mind: A Reply to David Brooks,” Public Discourse, Oct. 9, 2012.

“The Libertarian Double-face and the Case for Conservatism: A Reply to Dr. Wenzel.” Public Discourse, April 11, 2012.

“Why I am not a Libertarian.” Public Discourse, March 26, 2012.



As far back as I can remember, I have been interested in everything. That’s why I chose to study philosophy: the discipline that studies everything in relation to wisdom. The study of philosophy hinges on the belief that there is a truth to be discovered. Moral virtues, like humility and courage, are preconditions for the discovery of this truth. Hillsdale College is devoted not only to truth, but to the legal and political principles and the moral and intellectual virtues necessary for its pursuit.

Plato said it best: Teaching is like midwifery. Just as midwives don’t put babies into empty wombs, teachers don’t put ideas into blank minds. Rather, they help human beings figure out that they are lost, and then show them the way home. While higher education can serve many purposes, such as vocational training in law, medicine, or engineering, the purpose of liberal education is to liberate the full moral and intellectual powers of human beings, leading them out from ignorance and egoism to truth, goodness, and beauty.

With eight children at home, I spend most of my time when I am not teaching with my family; we read stories, pray, play music and games. In my rare spare moments, I love to play the banjo, guitar, tennis, and chess.