Francis Hittinger, PhD

Francis Hittinger, PhD
Warren Professor of Catholic Studies
College of Arts & Sciences
Philosophy and Religion
918-631-3081 Chapman Hall Room 205

Education

PhD – St. Louis University MA – St. Louis University BA – University of Notre Dame

Bio

Francis Hittinger works at the intersection of philosophy, law, and theology. He is currently at work on a book on the evolution of Catholic social theory and doctrine during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Teaching Interests

philosophy, theology and law

Publications

Books

  • Hittinger, F. “Toward an Adequate Anthropology: Social Aspects of Imago Dei in Catholic Theology”. Imago Dei:Human Dignity in Ecumenical Perspective, Catholic University of America Press, 2012, pp. 39-78.
  • Hittinger, Francis. Toward an Adequate Anthropology: Social Aspects of Imago Dei in Catholic Theology. Ed. Thomas Albert Howard. Catholic University of America Press, 2012. Print.

  • Hittinger, F. The First Grace: Rediscovering Natural Law in a Post-Christian Age. ISI, 2003.
  • Hittinger, F. A Critique of the New Natural Law Theory. University of Notre Dame Press, 1987.
  • Hittinger, F. Paper Wars: Catholic Social Doctrine and the Modern State. Yale University Press.
  • Hittinger, Francis. Thomas Aquinas, Questions on Law: A Primer. 2018. Print.

Law Reviews

  • Hittinger, F. “Resisting the Sovereign”. Texas Review of Law & Politics, Vol. 3, 1998, pp. 1, 150-156.
  • Hittinger, F. “Private Uses of Lethal Force: The Case of Assisted Suicide”. Loyola Law Review, Vol. 32, 1997, pp. 1-28.
  • Hittinger, F. “Liberalism and the American Natural Law Tradition”. Wake Forest Law Review, Vol. 25, 1990.
  • Hittinger, F. “A Crisis of Legitimacy: A Response to Critics”. Loyola Law Review, Vol. 44, 1988, pp. 83-101.

Journal Articles

  • Hittinger, Francis. “Evolution of the Right to Religious Liberty Since Pacem in Terris.” Journal of Law and Religion (2016): n. pag. Print.

  • Hittinger, Francis. “Religious Liberty and the Virtue of Religion: Another Look at Dignitatis Humanae.” (2015): n. pag. Print.

  • Hittinger, Francis. “Catholic Theology and Natural Law: Systematic and Dialogical Questions.” Ed. William C. Mattison and J Berkman. The Catholic University of American Press (2014): 35–46. Print.

  • Hittinger, Francis. “Natural Law and Public Discourse: The Legacies of Joseph Ratzinger.” Loyola University Press (2014): n. pag. Print.

  • Hittinger, F. “Polity in Catholic Social Doctrine: Some Recent Perplexities”. Religion and Civil Society: The Changing Faces of Secularism, Georg Olms Verlag, 2014, pp. 31-51.
  • Hittinger, F. “Quinquagesimo Ante: Reflections on Pacem in Terris Fifty Years Later”. The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Vol. Acta 18, The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, 2013, pp. 38-60.
  • Hittinger, F. “Statement of the Plenary Session”. The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Vol. Acta 18, The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, 2013, pp. 631-5.
  • Hittinger, F. “The Global Quest for Tranquillitas Ordinis: Pacem in Terris, Fifty Years Later”. The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Vol. Acta 18, The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, 2013, pp. 19-20.
  • Hittinger, F. “Divisible Goods and Common Good”. Free Markets and the Culture of Common Good, Springer Dordrecht Heidelberg, 2012, pp. 41-52.
  • Hittinger, F. “Political Pluralism and Religious Liberty: The Teaching of Dignitatis Humanae”. Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Vol. Acta 17, 2011, pp. 39-55, 677.
  • Hittinger, F. “Process of Creative Destruction and Subsidiarity”. Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Crisis in the Global Economy, Vol. Acta 16, Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, 2011, pp. 163-71.
  • Hittinger, F. “Divisible Goods and Common Good: Reflections on Caritas in Veritate”. Journal of Faith and Economics, Vol. 58, Pepperdine University, 2011, pp. 31-46.
  • Hittinger, F. “Evidence, Lost and Found: A Concluding Unscientific Postscript”. Nova Et Vetera, Vol. 9, 2011, pp. 825-41.
  • Hittinger, F. “The Situation of Natural Law in Catholic Theology”. Nova Et Vetera, Vol. 9, 2011, pp. 657-70.
  • Hittinger, F. “Pascendi Dominici Gregis 100 Ans Apres”. Deux Modernisms, Deux Thomismes: Reflexions Sur Le Centenaire De La Lettre Contre Les Moderistes De Pie X, Vol. Lxxxiv, Nova et Vetera, 2009, pp. 45-69.
  • Hittinger, F. “Assortimento Di Teorie Minimaliste Della Natural Law”. La Vitalita Del Diritto Naturale, Soveria Mannelli, 2008.
  • Hittinger, F. “Dignitatis Humanae”. Vatican II: Renewal Within Tradition, Oxford University Press, 2008, pp. 359-82.
  • Hittinger, F. “Natural Law and the Human City”. Contemporary Perspectives on Natural Law: Natural Law As a Limiting Concept, Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2008, pp. 29-42.
  • Hittinger, F. “Social Pluralism and Subsidiarity in Catholic Doctrine”. Christianity and Civil Society: Catholic and Neo-Calvinist Perspectives, Lexington Books, 2008, pp. 11-30.
  • Hittinger, F. “The Coherence of the Four Basic Principles of Catholic Social Doctrine: An Interpretation”. Pursuing the Common Good, Vol. Acta 14, Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, 2008, pp. 75-123.
  • Hittinger, F. “The Legal Renaissance of the 12th and 13th Centuries: Some Thomistic Notes”. Doctor Communis Fasc. 1-2, Citta Del Vaticano, 2008.
  • Hittinger, F. “Fallimento Del Diritto Naturale? Stato Moderno, Antropologia Negativa E Dignita Umana”. Classici Della Filosofia Contemporanea, Rubbettino Editore, 2007, pp. 121-36.
  • Hittinger, F. “John Rawls: The Basis of Social Justice and Intercultural Dialogue in a Globalized World”. Doctor Communis, Citta Del Vaticano, 2007, pp. 142-64.
  • Hittinger, F. “Society, Subsidiarity, and Authority in Catholic Social Thought”. Civilizing Authority: Society, State, and Church, Lexington Books, 2007, pp. 119-42.
  • Hittinger, F. “Two Modernisms, Two Thomisms: Reflections on the Centenary of Pius X’s Letter Against the Modernists”. Nova Et Vetera, Vol. 5, 2007, pp. 843-79.
  • Hittinger, F. “Human Nature and States of Nature in John Paul II’s Theological Anthropology”. Human Nature in Its Wholeness: A Roman Catholic Perspective, The Catholic University of American Press, 2006, pp. 9-33.
  • Hittinger, F. Evolution of Papal Social Doctrine. Ministry of Culture, 2005.
  • Hittinger, F. “Desperately Seeking Culprits”. The Pius War: Responses to the Critics of Pius XII, Lexington Books, 2004.
  • Simon, Y. “Introduzione All’Editizione Americana”. The Tradition of Natural Law, Collegio Universitario Arces, 2004, pp. 13-31.
  • Hittinger, F. “The Constitutionalization of Politics and the Decline of Liberal Tolerance”. Presente Y Futuro Del Liberalismo, Ediciones Universidad De Navarra, 2004, pp. 357-76.
  • Hittinger, F. “Thomas Aquyinas on Natural Law and the Competence to Judge”. St. Thomas Aquinas and the Natural Law Tradition: Contemporary Perspectives, The Catholic University of American Press, 2004, pp. 261-84.
  • Hittinger, F. “Od ’wieznia Watykanu’ Do Swiadka Nadziei”. Wiez, Vol. 10, Pacdziernik, 2003, pp. 25-34.
  • Hittinger, F. “Munus Regale a Spoleczenstwo Obywaterlskie W Teologii Politycznej Jana Pawla II”. Oblicza Demokracji, Osrodek Mysli Politycznej, 2002.
  • Hittinger, F. “Social Roles and Ruling Virtues in Catholic Social Doctrine”. Annales Theologici, Vol. 16, 2002, pp. 385-08.
  • Hittinger, F. “The (Coming) Age of Thresholding, A Concluding Unscientirfic Postscript”. Christian Bioethics, Vol. 8, 2002, pp. 295-06.
  • Hittinger, F. “Social Pluralism and Subsidiarity in Catholic Social Doctrine”. Providence: Studies in Western Civilization, Vol. 7, 2002.
  • Hittinger, F. “Dignitatis Humanae, Religious Liberty, and Ecclesiastical Self-Government”. George Washington University Law Journal, Vol. 5/6, 2001, pp. 68, 1035-1058.
  • Hittinger, F. “Legislators, The Family and Globalization”. Familia Et Vita, Vol. VI, Pontificium Consilium Pro Familia, 2001, pp. 78-86.
  • Hittinger, F. “Reasons for a Civil Society”. Reassing the Liberal State: Reading Maritain’s Man and the State, Catholic University of America Press, 2001, pp. 11-23.
  • Hittinger, F. “The Future of the Papacy: A Symposium”. First Things, Vol. 111, 2001, pp. 28-30.
  • Hittinger, F. “Law and Liberty in Veritatis Splendor”. A Free Society Reader, Lexington Books, 2000, pp. 237-45.
  • Hittinger, F. “Kobieta wyzwolna…”. Wodrodze, Vol. 4, 2000, pp. 4-10.
  • Hittinger, F. “Marking Sense of the Civilization of Love: John Paul II’s Contribution to Catholic Social Thought”. The Legacy of Pope John Paul II, Crossroad-Herder and Herder, 2000, pp. 71-94.
  • Hittinger, F. “Natural Law and the Limits of Constitutional Law”. Common Truths: New Perspectives of Natural Law, ISI Books, 2000, pp. 169-92.
  • Hittinger, F. “The Pope and the Liberal State”. A Free Society Reader, Lexington Books, 2000, pp. 185-98.
  • Budziszewski, J. “Government by the ’Thoughtful Part’”. The End of Democracy II, Spence Publishing Co., 1999, pp. 22-43.
  • Hittinger, F. “Natural Law and Human Virtue”. Ethical Principle in Catholic Health Care, Vol. 1, National Catholic Bioethics Center, 1999, pp. 33-36.
  • Hittinger, F. “Razones Para La Sociedad Civil”. Sociedad Civil: La Democracia Y Su Destino, Ediciones Universidad De Navarra, SA, 1999, pp. 27-42.
  • Hittinger, F. “Veritatis Splendor and the Theology of Natural Law”. Veritatis Splendor and the Renewal of Moral Theology, Scepter Publishers, 1999, pp. 97-127.
  • Hittinger, F. “Current Catholic Thought on the Death Penalty”. Center Conversations, No. 2, Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1999.
  • Hittinger, F. “Natural Rights, Under-Specified Rights, and Bills of Rights”. Revue Generale De Droit, Vol. 29, Universite d’Ottawa, 1998, pp. 449-64.
  • Hittinger, F. “Yves R. Simon on Natural Law and Reason”. Acquaintance With the Absolute: The Philosophy of Yves R. Simon, Fordham University Press, 1998, pp. 101-27.
  • Hittinger, F. “A Crisis of Legitimacy”. The End of Democracy? The Celebrated First Things Debate With Arguments Pro and Con, Spence Publishing Co., 1997, pp. 18-29.
  • Hittinger, F. “Natural Law and Catholic Moral Theology”. Our Preserving Grace: Protestants, Catholics and Natural Law, Ethics and Public Policy Center-Eerdmans, 1997, pp. 1-30.
  • Hittinger, F. “Obcianska Spolocnost Katolika Socialna Dokrina”. Universum, Bratislava, 1996, pp. 12-13.
  • Hittinger, F. “On Distinguishing Between Constitutional Art and Morals”. Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, Vol. 4, 1996, pp. 567-81.
  • Hittinger, F. “Religion and the Secular Retreat from Morality”. Culture in Crisis, Rowan & Littlefield Publ, 1996, pp. 77-89.
  • Hittinger, F. “Law and Liberty in Veritatis Splendor”. TYhe Splendor of Truth and Health Care:Proceedings of the Fourteenth Workshop for Bishops, Braintree, 1995, pp. 29-42.
  • Hittinger, F. “Adlerian Desire and the Measure of Morality”. The Aspen Institute Quarterly, Vol. 7, 1995, pp. 100-1.
  • Hittinger, F. “Resolving Conflicting Normative Claims in Public Policy”. Abortion and Public Policy: An Interdisciplinary Invesstigation, Creighton University Press, 1995, pp. 72-90.
  • Hittinger, F. “When the Court Should Not Be Obeyed”. The Abortion Controversy, Greenhaven Press, 1995, pp. 121-8.
  • Hittinger, F. “The Gospel of Life: A Symposium”. First Things, Vol. 56, 1995, pp. 33-35.
  • Hittinger, F. “Natural Law As ’Law’”. American Journal of Jurisprudence, Vol. 39, 1994, pp. 1-32.
  • Hittinger, F. “Roberto Unger: On Liberalism and Superliberalism”. Liberalism at the Crossroads, Roman & Littlefield, 1994.
  • Hittinger, F. “John Rawls, Political Liberalism: A Critical Study”. The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. 47, 1994.
  • Hittinger, F. “Can Morality Be Legislated?”. The Vital Nexus, Vol. 1, 1993.
  • Hittinger, F. “Does Liberalism Need Natural Rights?”. Reason Papers, Vol. 18, 1993, pp. 79-88.
  • Hittinger, F. “Justice and Judging”. The Vital Nexus, Vol. 1, 1993.
  • Hittinger, F. “Natural Law in the Positive Laws: A Legislative or Adjudicative Issue?”. The Review of Politics, Vol. 55, 1993, pp. 5-34.
  • Hittinger, F. “Natural Law and Virtue: Theories at Cross Purposes”. Natural Law Theories, Clarendon Press, 1992.
  • Hittinger, F. “The Problem of the State in Centesimus Annus”. Fordham International Law Journal, Vol. 15, 1992, pp. 952-0996.
  • Hittinger, F. “Study of Gerard Bradley, Church-State Relationships in America”. Journal of Religion and Law, Vol. 8, 1990.
  • Hittinger, F. “The Hart-Devlin Debate Revisited”. The American Journal of Jurisprudence, Vol. 35, 1990.
  • Hittinger, F. “Theology and Natural Law Theory”. Communio, Vol. 17, 1990.
  • Hittinger, F. “Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self: A Critical Study”. The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. XLIV, 1990.
  • Hittinger, F. “Privacy and Liberal Legal Culture”. The World and I, 1990.
  • Hittinger, F. “Natural Law Theory, Virtue Ethics, and Eudaimonia”. International Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. XXIX, 1989.
  • Hittinger, F. “Reason and Anti-Reason”. Essays on the Closing of the American Mind, 1989, pp. 338-41.
  • Hittinger, F. “Varieties of Minimalist Natural Law”. American Journal of Jurisprudence, Vol. 34, 1989.
  • Hittinger, F. “Scholastic Ethics: An Uncertain Legacy”. Jeevadhara, Vol. XIX, 1989.
  • Hittinger, F. “Response to Professor Grisez’s Critique”. The New Scholasticism, Vol. LXII, 1988.
  • Hittinger, F. “The Recovery of Natural Law and the ’Common Morality’”. This World, 1987.
  • Hittinger, F. “When It Is More Excellent to Know Than to Love”. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Vol. LVII, 1983.
  • Hittinger, F. “John Paul II’s Contribution to Social Doctrine”. The Thomistic Legacy in Blessed John Paul II, Doctor Communis, Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.
  • Hittinger, F. “Love, Sustainability and Solidarity: Philosophical and Theological Roots”. Christian Humanism, The Catholic University of American Press.
  • Hittinger, F. “The Theme of ’Modern Times’ in Magisterial Documents”. Re-Envisioning Christian Humanism, Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Hittinger, F. “Introduction”. The State in Catholic Thought: A Treatise in Political Philosophy, Alethes Press, 2009, p. vii-xxix.
  • Hittinger, F. The Teachings of Modern Roman Catholicism: On Law, Politics, and Human Nature. Columbia University Press, 2007.
  • Hittinger, F. “Natural Law”. American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia, ISI Books, 2006, pp. 605-8.
  • Williams, T. “Who Is My Neighbor? Personalism and the Foundations of Human Rights”. First Things, Vol. 158, The Catholic University of American Press, 2005, pp. 50-52.
  • Hittinger, F. The Teachings of Modern Christianity: On Law, Politics, and Human Nature. Vol. 2, Columbia University Press, 2005, pp. 3-38, 39.
  • Rommen, H. “Introductory Essay and Critical Bibliography”. The Natural Law, Liberty Fund Press, 1998, pp. xi-xxxii, 239.
  • Kirk, R. “Introduction”. Rights and Duties, Spence Publishing, 1997, p. xiii-xxxi.
  • Hittinger, F. “Natural Law”. The Encyclopedia of Bioethics, Macmillan Publishing Company, 1994, pp. 1805-12.
  • Hittinger, F. “Natural Law”. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Thought, Basil Blackwell, 1993.
  • Hittinger, F. “Justice”. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Thought, Basil Blackwell, 1993.
  • Hittinger, F. “Introductory Essay: Yves Simon”. The Tradition of Natural Law, Fordham University Press, 1992.

Translation or Transcriptions

  • Hittinger, F. The First Grace. Collegio Universitario Arces.

Conference Proceedings

  • Hittinger, F. “Aquinas and the Rule of Law”. The Ever-Illuminating Wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas, Vol. 8, The Ignatius Press, 1999, pp. 99-119.
  • “Christopher Dawson on Technology and the Demise of Liberalism”. The Proceedings of the Wethersfield Institute, Vol. 7, Ignatius Press, 1995, pp. 73-95.

Book Reviews

  • Kries, D. “Examination of Conscience (The Problem of Natural Law)”. First Things, Vol. 189, 2009, pp. 59-61.
  • Keys, M. “Aquinas, Aristotle, and the Promise of the Common Good”. The Thomist, Vol. 72, Cambridge University Press, 2008, pp. 487-91.
  • Manent, P. “Dissecting a Democratic Illusion (A World Beyo9nd Politics? A Defense of the Nation-State)”. The Intercollegiate Review, Vol. 41, Princeton, 2006, pp. 50-54.
  • Burleigh, M. “Churches of Earthly Power (Earthly Powers)”. First Things, Vol. 164, Harper-Collins, 2006, pp. 27-32.
  • Hitchcock, J. “The Supreme Court and Religion in American Live”. First Things, Vol. 154, Princeton University Press, 2005.
  • Arkes, H. “Leaving Well Enough Alone (Natural Rights & The Right to Choose)”. The Review of Politics, Vol. 65, Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 441-3.
  • Hollenbach, D. “The Sociality of Society (The Common Good and Christian Ethics)”. First Things, Vol. 135, Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 42-45.
  • Dauphinais, M., and M. Levering. “Knowing the Love of Christ: An Introduction to the Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas”. First Things, Vol. 132, Notre Dame, 2003, pp. 67-68.
  • Spoto, D. “A Francis for Our Times (Reluctant Saint: The Life of Francis of Assisi)”. First Things, Vol. 131, Viking, 2003, pp. 55-59.
  • Engelhardt, H. T. “New Foundations (The Foundations of Bioethics)”. Crisis, 2001, pp. 55-57.
  • Harline, C., and E. Put. “Scenes of Clerical Life (A Bishop’s Tale)”. The Weekly Standard, Vol. 6, University Press, 2001, pp. 38-40.
  • Chadwick, O. “The Dawn of the Modern Papacy (A History of the Popes, 1830-1914”. First Things, Vol. 102, 2000, pp. 67-73.
  • Genovese, E. “A Confederate Theodicy (A Consuming Fire: Thge Fall of the Confederacy in the Mind of the White Christian South”. First Things, Vol. 95, 1999, pp. 67-72.
  • Manent, P. “Modern Liberty and Its Discontents: Selected Writings of Pierre Manent”. First Things, Vol. 88, Rowman and Littlefield, 1998, pp. 42-44.
  • Manent, P. “The City of Man”. First Things, Vol. 88, Princeton University Press, 1998, pp. 42-44.
  • “The Return of George Sutherland: Restoring a Jurisprudence of Natural Rights”. First Things, Vol. 57, 1995, pp. 62-64.
  • Arkes, H. “The Return of George Sutherland: Restoring a Jurisprudence of Natural Rights”. First Things, Vol. 57, 1995, pp. 62-64.
  • Smith, J. “Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later”. The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. LXVI, 1992.
  • Porter, J. “The Recovery of Virtue: The Relevance of Aquinas for Christian Ethics”. Faith and Philosophy, Vol. 8, 1991.
  • Verbeke, G. “Moral Education in Aristotle”. Revue Canadienne De Comptes Rendus En Philosophie, Vol. XI, 1991.
  • “Nuclear Deterrence, Morality and Realism”. International Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. XXIX, 1989.
  • Weinreb, L. “Natural Law and Justice”. This World, Vol. 18, 1988.
  • Rescher, N. “Ethical Idealism: An Inquiry into the Nature and Function of Ideals”. The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. XLI, 1988.
  • Finnis, J. “Fundamentals of Ethics”. The Modern Schoolman, Vol. LXIII, 1986.
  • McInerny, R. “Ethica Thomistica”. The Review of Metaphysics, 1983.
  • MacIntyre, A. “After Virtue”. The New Scholasticism, Vol. 56, 1982, pp. 385-90.
  • Delumeau, J. “Catholicism Between Luther and Voltaire”. Review for Religious, Vol. 38, 1979, pp. 152-3.
  • Dolan, J. “Catholic Revivalism: The American Experience 1830-1900”. Review for Religious, Vol. 37, 1978, pp. 631-2.

Other

  • Brock, Stephen. “Introduction – Prologo.” (2014): 11–13. Print.

  • Hittinger, F. “The Papacy and the Jews”. Journal of the Historical Society, Vol. 11, 2002, pp. 215-27.
  • Hittinger, F. “The Family and Human Rights”. Pontificium Consilium Pro Familia, Liberia Editrice, 1999.
  • Hittinger, F. Linking the Human Life Issues. Regnery-Gateway, 1986.

Courses Taught

  • Medieval Culture Or Self-Fashioning in The Renaissance
  • Three Catholic Thinkers
  • Augustine

Awards & Honors

  • Templeton Honor Roll
  • Bruno Damiani Award
  • Silver Gavel Award
  • Josephine Yalch Zekan Award
  • Templeton Foundation Award
  • Veritas Medal
  • Honorary doctorate
  • honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters