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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Joy Behar Accidentally Admits Social Conservatives Were Right About Sex

Nathanael Blake

Many on the left are belatedly realizing the truths that sex isn’t just recreation and there is no substitute for a healthy family culture. Social conservatives should be heartened.

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The Federalist / December 10, 2021

If the Supreme Court Whiffs on Abortion, They’ll Blow Up the Conservative Legal Movement

Nathanael Blake

The Dobbs case challenging Roe v. Wade could bring grassroots conservatives back into the originalist fold, or it could ignite a civil war that would destroy the conservative legal movement.

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The Federalist / December 8, 2021

No, The Right Doesn’t Exist To Save The Left From Its Own Folly

Nathanael Blake

Self-described conservative liberals are horrified at the prospect of conservatives using democracy to defend traditional values and American livelihoods.

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The Federalist / December 1, 2021

Rittenhouse Verdict Reveals Once Again What The Left Really Wants

Nathanael Blake

The response of left-wing media and politicians to Kyle Rittenhouse’s justified acquittal shows that they have learned nothing.

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The Federalist / November 23, 2021

Why National Conservatives’ Platform Should Start With Men

Nathanael Blake

Sen. Josh Hawley is on to something: When men struggle to find good jobs and to form and maintain families, they often turn to alternatives that sap their fitness for a good life.

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The Federalist / November 15, 2021

The Impossibility of Absolute Academic Freedom: A Response to Robert T. Miller

Nathanael Blake

There will always be some limits on academic freedom, and it is better to be honest about what they are and who sets them than to try to wish them away. We need to formulate real-world standards, rather than retreating into the impossible fantasy of absolute academic freedom.

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Public Discourse / November 14, 2021

Denying Schools Are Teaching Critical Race Theory Won’t Make It Popular With Parents

Nathanael Blake

Those pushing a top-down cultural revolution do not want a label, because that makes it harder to delegitimize opposition to their agenda.

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The Federalist / November 10, 2021

The Death Of Marriage Proves Yet Again That Social Conservatives Were Right

Nathanael Blake

The sexual revolution’s redefinition of family was never going to stop with same-sex marriage, but few on the left have had the courage to say no to the expansion of the alphabet agenda.

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The Federalist / October 27, 2021

Yes, Abortion And Transgenderism Do Have Lots In Common

Nathanael Blake

Abortion and transgender ideology are indeed connected, for they are two fronts in our culture’s war of liberation against our bodies.

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The Federalist / October 19, 2021

The Contradictions of Absolute Academic Freedom

Nathanael Blake

The official moral relativism of absolute academic freedom makes universities self-negating institutions. No wonder many student activists are eager to fashion and enforce new norms and taboos: they realize, however inchoately, that a community of inquiry and instruction must also be one of practice, and that the liberal university fails to integrate these elements.

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Public Discourse / October 13, 2021

Why The Left Hates The Generous Givers Who Keep America’s Lights On

Nathanael Blake

The local gentry has its flaws, but the rest of us have many reasons to prefer it to the ruling national elite.

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The Federalist / October 12, 2021

Social Conservatives Were Right About Sex, New York Times Columnist Admits

Nathanael Blake

After decades of tearing down manners and norms, self-proclaimed social progressives are now frantically trying to reconstitute some sense of public decency.

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The Federalist / September 29, 2021