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Francis Hittinger PhD

Warren Professor of Catholic Studies Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences
Philosophy and Religion
Chapman Hall 205 918-631-3081
francis-hittinger@utulsa.edu
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Biography

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.



Ph.D., St. Louis University
M.A., St. Louis University
B.A., University of Notre Dame

philosophy, theology and law


The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.

Books


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, Francis. Thomas Aquinas and the Rule of Law. Soveria Mannelli, 2007. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. The First Grace: Rediscovering Natural Law in a Post-Christian Age. ISI, 2003. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. A Critique of the New Natural Law Theory. University of Notre Dame Press, 1987. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. Thomas Aquinas, Questions on Law: A Primer. 2017. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. Paper Wars: Catholic Social Doctrine and the Modern State. Yale University Press, 2017. Print.

Book Chapters


Hittinger, Francis. “Introduction.” The State in Catholic Thought: A Treatise in Political Philosophy. Alethes Press, 2009. vii-xxix. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “The Teachings of Modern Roman Catholicism: On Law, Politics, and Human Nature.” Ed. John Witte and Frank Alexander. Columbia University Press, 2007. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Natural Law.” American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Jeremy Beer Bruce Frohnen and Jeffrey O. Nelson. ISI Books, 2006. 605–608. Print.

Williams, Thomas. “Who Is My Neighbor? Personalism and the Foundations of Human Rights.” First Things. Vol. 158. The Catholic University of American Press, 2005. 50–52. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “The Teachings of Modern Christianity: On Law, Politics, and Human Nature.” Ed. John Witte and Frank Alexander. Vol. 2. Columbia University Press, 2005. 3–38, 39–74, 3–33. Print.

Rommen, Heinrich. “Introductory Essay and Critical Bibliography.” The Natural Law. Liberty Fund Press, 1998. xi-xxxii, 239–247. Print.

Kirk, Russell. “Introduction.” Rights and Duties. Spence Publishing, 1997. xiii-xxxi. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Natural Law.” The Encyclopedia of Bioethics. Ed. Warren T. Reich. Macmillan Publishing Company, 1994. 1805–1812. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Natural Law.” The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Thought. Ed. Alister McGrath. Basil Blackwell, 1993. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Justice.” The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Thought. Ed. Alister McGrath. Basil Blackwell, 1993. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Introductory Essay: Yves Simon.” The Tradition of Natural Law. Fordham University Press, 1992. Print.

Book Reviews


Kries, Douglas. “Examination of Conscience (The Problem of Natural Law).” First Things 2009: 59–61. Print.

Keys, Mary. “Aquinas, Aristotle, and the Promise of the Common Good.” The Thomist 2008: 487–491. Print.

Burleigh, Michael. “Churches of Earthly Power (Earthly Powers).” First Things 2006: 27–32. Print.

Manent, Pierre. “Dissecting a Democratic Illusion (A World Beyo9nd Politics? A Defense of the Nation-State).” The Intercollegiate Review 2006: 50–54. Print.

Hitchcock, James. “The Supreme Court and Religion in American Live.” First Things 2005: n. pag. Print.

Arkes, Hadley. “Leaving Well Enough Alone (Natural Rights & the Right to Choose).” The Review of Politics 2003: 441–443. Print.

Hollenbach, David. “The Sociality of Society (The Common Good and Christian Ethics).” First Things 2003: 42–45. Print.

Dauphinais, Michael, and Matthew Levering. “Knowing the Love of Christ: An Introduction to the Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas.” First Things 2003: 67–68. Print.

Spoto, Donald. “A Francis for Our Times (Reluctant Saint: The Life of Francis of Assisi).” First Things 2003: 55–59. Print.

Engelhardt, H. Tristram. “New Foundations (The Foundations of Bioethics).” Crisis 2001: 55–57. Print.

Harline, Craig, and Eddy Put. “Scenes of Clerical Life (A Bishop's Tale).” The Weekly Standard 2001: 38–40. Print.

Chadwick, Owen. “The Dawn of the Modern Papacy (A History of the Popes, 1830-1914.” First Things 2000: 67–73. Print.

Genovese, Eugene. “A Confederate Theodicy (A Consuming Fire: Thge Fall of the Confederacy in the Mind of the White Christian South.” First Things 1999: 67–72. Print.

Manent, Pierre. “Modern Liberty and Its Discontents: Selected Writings of Pierre Manent.” Ed. Daniel J. Mahoney and Paul Seaton. First Things 1998: 42–44. Print.

Manent, Pierre. “The City of Man.” First Things 1998: 42–44. Print.

Arkes, Hadley. “The Return of George Sutherland: Restoring a Jurisprudence of Natural Rights.” First Things 1995: 62–64. Print.

Smith, Janet. “Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later.” The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 1992: n. pag. Print.

Porter, Jean. “The Recovery of Virtue: The Relevance of Aquinas for Christian Ethics.” Faith and Philosophy 1991: n. pag. Print.

Verbeke, Gerard. “Moral Education in Aristotle.” Revue Canadienne De Comptes Rendus En Philosophie 1991: n. pag. Print.

Finnis. “Nuclear Deterrence, Morality and Realism.” International Philosophical Quarterly 1989: n. pag. Print.

Weinreb, Lloyd. “Natural Law and Justice.” This World 1988: n. pag. Print.

Rescher, Nicholas. “Ethical Idealism: An Inquiry into the Nature and Function of Ideals.” The Review of Metaphysics 1988: n. pag. Print.

Finnis, John. “Fundamentals of Ethics.” The Modern Schoolman 1986: n. pag. Print.

McInerny, Ralph. “Ethica Thomistica.” The Review of Metaphysics 1983: n. pag. Print.

MacIntyre, Alasdair. “After Virtue.” The New Scholasticism 1982: 385–390. Print.

Delumeau, Jean. “Catholicism Between Luther and Voltaire.” Review for Religious 1979: 152–153. Print.

Dolan, Jay. “Catholic Revivalism: The American Experience 1830-1900.” Review for Religious 1978: 631–632. Print.

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. “Natural Law and Public Discourse: The Legacies of Joseph Ratzinger.” Loyola University Press (2014): 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. “Polity in Catholic Social Doctrine: Some Recent Perplexities.” Ed. Rafael Alvira and Mary A. Glendon. Georg Olms Verlag (2014): 31–51. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Statement of the Plenary Session.” Ed. Russell Hittinger Mary Ann Glendon and Marcelo Sanchez-Sorondo. The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Acta 18 (2013): 631–635. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Quinquagesimo Ante: Reflections on Pacem in Terris Fifty Years Later.” Ed. Russell Hittinger Mary Ann Glendon and Marcelo Sanchez-Sorondo. The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Acta 18 (2013): 38–60. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “The Global Quest for Tranquillitas Ordinis: Pacem in Terris, Fifty Years Later.” Ed. Russell Hittinger Mary Ann Glendon and Marcelo Sanchez-Sorondo. The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Acta 18 (2013): 19–20. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Divisible Goods and Common Good.” Ed. Martin Schlag anbd Juan Andres. Springer Dordrecht Heidelberg (2012): 41–52. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Divisible Goods and Common Good: Reflections on Caritas in Veritate.” Pepperdine University 58 (2011): 31–46. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “The Situation of Natural Law in Catholic Theology.” 9.3 (2011): 657–670. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Evidence, Lost and Found: A Concluding Unscientific Postscript.” 9.3 (2011): 825–841. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Process of Creative Destruction and Subsidiarity.” Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Acta 16 (2011): 163–171. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Political Pluralism and Religious Liberty: The Teaching of Dignitatis Humanae.” Acta 17 (2011): 39–55, 677–80. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Pascendi Dominici Gregis 100 Ans Apres.” Nova et Vetera Lxxxiv (2009): 45–69. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Dignitatis Humanae.” Ed. Matthew Lamb. Oxford University Press (2008): 359–382. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Natural Law and the Human City.” Ed. Ana Marta Gonzalez. Ashgate Publishing Ltd. (2008): 29–42. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Assortimento Di Teorie Minimaliste Della Natural Law.” Soveria Mannelli (2008): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Social Pluralism and Subsidiarity in Catholic Doctrine.” Ed. Jeanne Heffernan. Lexington Books (2008): 11–30. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “The Legal Renaissance of the 12th and 13th Centuries: Some Thomistic Notes.” Citta Del Vaticano (2008): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “The Coherence of the Four Basic Principles of Catholic Social Doctrine: An Interpretation.” Ed. Margaret S. Archer and Pierpaolo Donati. Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas Acta 14 (2008): 75–123. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Two Modernisms, Two Thomisms: Reflections on the Centenary of Pius X's Letter Against the Modernists.” 5.4 (2007): 843–879. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Society, Subsidiarity, and Authority in Catholic Social Thought.” Ed. Patrick Brennan. Lexington Books (2007): 119–142. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “John Rawls: The Basis of Social Justice and Intercultural Dialogue in a Globalized World.” Citta Del Vaticano (2007): 142–164. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Fallimento Del Diritto Naturale? Stato Moderno, Antropologia Negativa E Dignita Umana.” Rubbettino Editore (2007): 121–136. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Human Nature and States of Nature in John Paul II's Theological Anthropology.” Ed. Daniel Robinson. The Catholic University of American Press (2006): 9–33. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Evolution of Papal Social Doctrine.” Ministry of Culture (2005): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “The Constitutionalization of Politics and the Decline of Liberal Tolerance.” Ed. Enrique Banus and Alejandro Llano. Ediciones Universidad De Navarra (2004): 357–76. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Desperately Seeking Culprits.” Ed. Joseph Bottum and David G. Dalin. Lexington Books (2004): n. pag. Print.

Simon, Yves. “Introduzione All'Editizione Americana.” Collegio Universitario Arces (2004): 13–31. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Thomas Aquyinas on Natural Law and the Competence to Judge.” Ed. John Goyette and John Latkovic. The Catholic University of American Press (2004): 261–284. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Od 'Wieznia Watykanu' Do Swiadka Nadziei.” Pacdziernik 10.540 (2003): 25–34. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Social Pluralism and Subsidiarity in Catholic Social Doctrine.” 7.1 (2002): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “The (Coming) Age of Thresholding, A Concluding Unscientirfic Postscript.” Ed. H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr. 8.3 (2002): 295–306. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Social Roles and Ruling Virtues in Catholic Social Doctrine.” 16 (2002): 385–408. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Munus Regale a Spoleczenstwo Obywaterlskie w Teologii Politycznej Jana Pawla II.” Ed. Ryszard Legutko. Osrodek Mysli Politycznej (2002): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “The Future of the Papacy: A Symposium.” 111 (2001): 28–30. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Reasons for a Civil Society.” Ed. Timothy Fuller and John P. Hittinger. Catholic University of America Press (2001): 11–23. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Dignitatis Humanae, Religious Liberty, and Ecclesiastical Self-Government.” 5/6 (2001): 68, 1035–1058. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Legislators, The Family and Globalization.” Pontificium Consilium Pro Familia VI.1-2 (2001): 78–86. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Law and Liberty in Veritatis Splendor.” Ed. Michael Novak. Lexington Books (2000): 237–245. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Marking Sense of the Civilization of Love: John Paul II's Contribution to Catholic Social Thought.” Crossroad-Herder and Herder (2000): 71–94. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “The Pope and the Liberal State.” Ed. Michael Novak. Lexington Books (2000): 185–198. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Natural Law and the Limits of Constitutional Law.” Ed. Edward B. McClean. ISI Books (2000): 169–192. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Kobieta Wyzwolna...” 4 (2000): 4–10. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Current Catholic Thought on the Death Penalty.” Ethics and Public Policy Center (1999): n. pag. Print.

Budziszewski, J. “Government by the 'Thoughtful Part'.” Ed. Mitchell S. Muncy. Spence Publishing Co. (1999): 22–43. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Natural Law and Human Virtue.” National Catholic Bioethics Center 1 (1999): 33–36. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Razones Para La Sociedad Civil.” Ed. Nicholas Grimaldi y Montserrat Herrero Rafael Alvira. Ediciones Universidad De Navarra, SA (1999): 27–42. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Veritatis Splendor and the Theology of Natural Law.” Ed. O.P. J. A. DiNoia and O.P. Romanus Cessario. Scepter Publishers (1999): 97–127. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Natural Rights, Under-Specified Rights, and Bills of Rights.” Universite d'Ottawa 29.4 (1998): 449–464. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Yves R. Simon on Natural Law and Reason.” Ed. Anthony O. Simon. Fordham University Press (1998): 101–127. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Natural Law and Catholic Moral Theology.” Ethics and Public Policy Center-Eerdmans (1997): 1–30. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “A Crisis of Legitimacy.” Spence Publishing Co. (1997): 18–29. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Obcianska Spolocnost Katolika Socialna Dokrina.” Bratislava (1996): 12–13. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “On Distinguishing Between Constitutional Art and Morals.” 4.#3 (1996): 567–581. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Religion and the Secular Retreat from Morality.” Ed. T. William Boxx and Gary M. Quinlivan. Rowan & Littlefield Publ (1996): 77–89. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “The Gospel of Life: A Symposium.” 56 (1995): 33–35. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Adlerian Desire and the Measure of Morality.” 7.1 (1995): 100–110. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Law and Liberty in Veritatis Splendor.” Ed. Russell E. Smith. Braintree (1995): 29–42. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Resolving Conflicting Normative Claims in Public Policy.” Ed. Gerard MaGill S.J. and S.J. Randy Rainey. Creighton University Press (1995): 72–90. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “When the Court Should Not Be Obeyed.” Ed. Charles Cozic and Jonathan Petrikin. Greenhaven Press (1995): 121–128. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “John Rawls, Political Liberalism: A Critical Study.” 47 (1994): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Natural Law as 'Law'.” 39 (1994): 1–32. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Roberto Unger: On Liberalism and Superliberalism.” Ed. Christopher Wolfe and J.P. Hittinger. Roman & Littlefield (1994): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Does Liberalism Need Natural Rights?” 18 (1993): 79–88. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Justice and Judging.” 1.3 (1993): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Can Morality Be Legislated?” 1.3 (1993): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Natural Law in the Positive Laws: A Legislative or Adjudicative Issue?” 55.1 (1993): 5–34. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “The Problem of the State in Centesimus Annus.” 15.4 (1992): 952–0996. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Natural Law and Virtue: Theories at Cross Purposes.” Ed. Robert P. George. Clarendon Press (1992): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Theology and Natural Law Theory.” 17 (1990): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self: A Critical Study.” XLIV.1 (1990): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Privacy and Liberal Legal Culture.” (1990): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Study of Gerard Bradley, Church-State Relationships in America.” 8.1 and 2 (1990): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “The Hart-Devlin Debate Revisited.” 35 (1990): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Natural Law Theory, Virtue Ethics, and Eudaimonia.” XXIX.4/116 (1989): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Varieties of Minimalist Natural Law.” 34 (1989): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Scholastic Ethics: An Uncertain Legacy.” XIX.113 (1989): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Reason and Anti-Reason.” Ed. Robert Stone. (1989): 338–341. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Response to Professor Grisez's Critique.” LXII.4 (1988): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “The Recovery of Natural Law and the 'Common Morality'.” (1987): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “When It Is More Excellent to Know than to Love.” Ed. Daniel Dahlstrom. LVII (1983): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Love, Sustainability and Solidarity: Philosophical and Theological Roots.” Ed. Martin Schlag. The Catholic University of American Press (2017): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “The Theme of 'Modern Times' in Magisterial Documents.” Ed. Jens Zimmermann. Oxford University Press (2017): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “John Paul II's Contribution to Social Doctrine.” Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas (2017): n. pag. Print.

Conference Proceedings


Hittinger, Francis. “Aquinas and the Rule of Law.” The Ever-Illuminating Wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas. Vol. 8. The Ignatius Press, 1999. 99–119. Print.

`. “Christopher Dawson on Technology and the Demise of Liberalism.” The Proceedings of the Wethersfield Institute. Vol. 7. Ignatius Press, 1995. 73–95. Print.

Others


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

Hittinger, Francis. “The Papacy and the Jews.” 11.2 (2002): 215–227. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “The Family and Human Rights.” Liberia Editrice (1999): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Linking the Human Life Issues.” Regnery-Gateway (1986): n. pag. Print.

Law Reviews


Hittinger, Francis. “Resisting the Sovereign.” 3 (1998): 1, 150–156. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Private Uses of Lethal Force: The Case of Assisted Suicide.” 32 (1997): 1–28. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “Liberalism and the American Natural Law Tradition.” 25.3 (1990): n. pag. Print.

Hittinger, Francis. “A Crisis of Legitimacy: A Response to Critics.” 44 (1988): 83–101. Print.

Translation or Transcription


Hittinger, Francis. “The First Grace.” Collegio Universitario Arces (2017): n. pag. Print.


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PHIL 4003 Seminar in the History of Political Thought
PHIL 4163 Philosophy of Natural Law and Natural Right
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