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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Why The ‘Rings Of Power’ Showrunners Keep Writing Themselves Into Ridiculous Corners

Nathanael Blake

Amazon’s expensive show based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ illustrates the problems with the entertainment industry.

Articles

The Federalist / September 14, 2022

The Moral Imagination and Rings of Power’s Failures

Nathanael Blake

Amazon wanted a big-name fantasy series, not a tragic tale of man’s sinful rebellion against God, and it shows.

Articles

The Federalist / September 6, 2022

‘Liberated,’ AKA Indulged and Miserable

Nathanael Blake

The sexual revolution has not delivered on its promises, for it cannot.

Articles

WORLD Opinions / August 29, 2022

Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan Rewards Loyal Democrats And Punishes Everyone Else

Nathanael Blake

Joe Biden and the Democratic Party are forcing the working class to pay back the student loans of their leftist supporters.

Articles

The Federalist / August 29, 2022

Book Review: The Mysterious Being in the Ring

Nathanael Blake

Tolkien shows us that hierarchy is distinct from domination — having authority over someone is not the same as dominating that person.

Articles

The University Bookman / August 28, 2022

Gender Affirming Care: Neither Affirming Nor Caring

Nathanael Blake

The euphemistic phrase conceals the brutal realities of medical transition. Gender-affirming care is a lie, and we must stop it.

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The Federalist / August 19, 2022

Stranger Things 4: Back on Track, But Near the End of the Line

Nathanael Blake

Without the relational tensions so essential to the first Season, the popular Netflix show will lose its heart, as those tensions can only be extended so long before it all feels contrived.

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The Catholic World Report / July 27, 2022

Without Roe, The Pro-Abortion Crowd Can’t Avoid Defending The Indefensible

Nathanael Blake

Under Roe, Democrats could let the courts do most of the dirty work. Now that they don’t have that shield, they are struggling.

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The Federalist / July 20, 2022

Chagall Guevara Is Back After 30 Years With Two Rocking New Albums

Nathanael Blake

Chagall Guevara is finally back. I missed them the first time around because I was too young to notice, let…

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The Federalist / July 14, 2022

Neither an Ahmarist Nor a Frenchman Be

Nathanael Blake

Instead of celebrating the recent monumental pro-life victory, David French and Sohrab Ahmari are using the Dobbs decision as a chance to lay into perceived enemies on the Right.

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The Catholic World Report / July 14, 2022

Dear Prolifers: Your Labor Was Not In Vain

Nathanael Blake

The national regime of abortion on demand imposed by Roe v. Wade is over, thanks as much to the humble and unheralded as to the powerful and connected.

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The Federalist / June 28, 2022

The More Americans Decide The System Is Rigged, The More They Will Silently Rebel

Nathanael Blake

What happens when the people who have been the backbone of America realize the system is rigged against them and stop supporting it?

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The Federalist / June 21, 2022