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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Pro-Lifers Shouldn’t Trust Trump

Nathanael Blake

As Donald Trump seeks the Republican nomination for a third time, he is making clear that the alliance with pro-lifers is over.

The Federalist / September 19, 2023

A tyrannical assault on parental rights

Nathanael Blake

California’s transgender bill is the next step in a long war on human nature and human flourishing.

WORLD Opinions / September 11, 2023

Trump’s mugshot miscalculation?

Nathanael Blake

The former president’s focus on the 2020 election could alienate the moderates he needs to win.

WORLD Opinions / August 29, 2023

Conservatives Must Understand Where They Went Wrong Before They Can Go Right

Nathanael Blake

In Claes Ryn’s latest book, The Failure of American Conservatism And the Road Not Taken, the esteemed professor chronicles how conservative intellectuals denigrated history and tradition to America’s detriment.

The Federalist / August 28, 2023

Giving the transgender game away

Nathanael Blake

LGBTQ activists are of two minds about male and female brains

WORLD Opinions / August 22, 2023

‘Good Omens 2’ Goes Bad By Blaspheming Christianity And Comedy

Nathanael Blake

Viewers might forgive ‘Good Omens 2’ for dispensing with the divine but not for forgoing comedy.

The Federalist / August 18, 2023

A setback for good government

Nathanael Blake

Ohio misses a chance to protect its constitution from the “tyranny of the moment”

WORLD Opinions / August 11, 2023

The lies of “born this way”

Nathanael Blake

An LGBTQ presumption and the damage it has done

WORLD Opinions / August 8, 2023

A Department Of Friendship Can’t Fix The Sexual Revolution’s Lonely Fallout

Nathanael Blake

Democrats are finally noticing our society is decaying, but they are almost uniformly unwilling to admit that the culture they’ve championed has anything to do with it.

Articles

The Federalist / July 24, 2023

Is A Postliberal America Even Possible?

Nathanael Blake

Notre Dame professor Patrick Deneen has a new book, Regime Change: Toward a Postliberal Future, that asks a lot of important questions about America’s future and provides some unsatisfying answers.

Articles

The Federalist / July 17, 2023

The Decline Of American Manufacturing Inevitably Means An Empty Wartime Arsenal

Nathanael Blake

One of the obvious lessons from the tide of the war in Ukraine is that globalist economics has defeated globalist interventionism.

Articles

The Federalist / July 6, 2023

Yes, Trans Exhibitionists Showing Their Junk To Kids Is Directly Downstream Of Redefining Marriage

Nathanael Blake

Indulging and endorsing falsehoods about the nature of marriage and sex only leads to more lies and more injuries.

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The Federalist / June 29, 2023