Nathanael Blake

Postdoctoral Fellow

Nathanael Blake, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. His primary research interests are American political theory, Christian political thought, and the intersection of natural law and philosophical hermeneutics. His published scholarship has included work on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Alasdair MacIntyre, Russell Kirk and J.R.R. Tolkien. He is currently working on a study of Kierkegaard and labor. As a cultural observer and commentator, he is also fascinated at how our secularizing culture develops substitutes for the loss of religious symbols, meaning and order.

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Nathanael Blake, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. His primary research interests are American political theory, Christian political thought, and the intersection of natural law and philosophical hermeneutics. His published scholarship has included work on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Alasdair MacIntyre, Russell Kirk and J.R.R. Tolkien. He is currently working on a study of Kierkegaard and labor. As a cultural observer and commentator, he is also fascinated at how our secularizing culture develops substitutes for the loss of religious symbols, meaning and order.

Dr. Blake grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and received an undergraduate degree in microbiology with a chemistry minor from Oregon State University. After working as a writer and editor in the pro-life movement, he enrolled in graduate studies at the Catholic University of America, earning a doctorate in political theory. His dissertation was titled: “Natural Law and History: The Use and Abuse of Practical Reason.” Blake was a Richard M. Weaver Fellow of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and served as an adjunct professor of American Government at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Dr. Blake is a Senior Contributor to The Federalist, where he has published over 150 pieces since 2017. His work has been published in a variety of publications, including Public DiscourseThe Catholic World Report, and National Review.

An evangelical Christian, Blake helps lead worship at his church—he particularly enjoys playing old hymns on double bass.

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The Materialist Magicians of Transgenderism

Nathanael Blake

The claims of the transgender ideologues are both dangerous and untrue.

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WORLD Opinions / November 18, 2022

Liberal Individualism Is Undermining Itself

Nathanael Blake

By making the false ideal of independence the basis of our political and social order, we end up denigrating actual, dependent human lives.

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Public Discourse / November 14, 2022

Republicans Can Be Right, Or They Can Be Happy

Nathanael Blake

Following the disappointing midterm results, GOP voters need to decide if they want to be right about 2020, or if they want to win in 2024.

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The Federalist / November 9, 2022

It’s Time to Name Your Price

Nathanael Blake

The Roe regime of judicial policy-making obscured and diluted the connection between voting and abortion, but now the candidates we vote for will determine whether human life in utero is protected or not.

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The Catholic World Report / November 7, 2022

Don’t Give Up On Conservatism

Nathanael Blake

Conservatism is already counter-revolutionary. We don’t need to abandon the name just because some grifters and pundits have abandoned the substance

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The Federalist / October 31, 2022

Amazon’s ‘Rings Of Power’ Trades Tolkien for Tropes

Nathanael Blake

The show squandered its potential by adding a multitude of silly plot devices and petty personal conflicts to J.R.R. Tolkien’s story.

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The Federalist / October 19, 2022

Virginia’s Anti-Parent Plot Says the Quiet Part Out Loud

Nathanael Blake

Everything Democrats say they believe about LGBT youth demands that children be taken from parents who do not affirm rainbow identities.

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The Federalist / October 18, 2022

Pro-Lifers Can Keep Winning But Only If We’re Smart And Steadfast

Nathanael Blake

Since the overturning of Roe, pro-life victories have been won in rapid succession, but there is still work to be done.

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The Federalist / October 11, 2022

It’s Not Tolkien’s Fault Amazon’s Adaptation Is Terrible

Nathanael Blake

The latest episode of ‘The Rings of Power’ shows the real obstacle to filming Tolkien is the filmmakers themselves.

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The Federalist / September 27, 2022

NYT Attacks Jewish Schools to Punish Dissent, not Uphold Academic Standards

Nathanael Blake

The Times’ campaign against yeshivas is about much more than teaching Math and English. It is a template for attacking all dissenters.

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The Federalist / September 22, 2022

Standing up to the Biden administration’s transgender mandate

Nathanael Blake

Government agencies including the HHS are poised to try to force Catholic doctors and hospitals, along with other dissenters, to chemically and surgically sterilize patients, including children.

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Catholic World Report / September 21, 2022

Rings and Rationalism: Tolkien’s Tales Against Domination

Nathanael Blake

He wanted to tell stories, not put crude speeches into the mouths of his characters.

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