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Robert P. George : biography

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Robert Peter George (born July 10, 1955) is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, where he lectures on constitutional interpretation, civil liberties and philosophy of law. He also serves as the director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. George has been called America's "most influential conservative Christian thinker." He is a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, and the Herbert W. Vaughan senior fellow of the Witherspoon Institute. In 2012-13, he is a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School.

Academic career

George joined the faculty of Princeton University as an Instructor in 1985. The following year he became a tenure-track Assistant Professor. In 1988-89 he spent a sabbatical leave at Oxford University as a Visiting Fellow in Law, working on his book Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality, which was published by Oxford University Press in 1993. The book challenged key premises of contemporary liberal political philosophy, and drew praise even from thinkers working firmly within the liberal tradition. One prominent political philosopher, Jeffrie Murphy, stated that “Robert George has, I must admit, made me nervous about my commitments to liberalism.”Murphy, “Legal Moralism and Liberalism,” Arizona State Law Review, 1995, pp. 73-93. In 1994, George was awarded tenure at Princeton and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. In 1999, he was elevated to the rank of Professor and installed in Princeton’s McCormick Chair of Jurisprudence, a celebrated endowed professorship previously held by Woodrow Wilson, Edward S. Corwin, Alpheus T. Mason, and Walter F. Murphy. George founded Princeton’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in 2000 and continues to serve as its Director., Scott Walter, Philanthropy (February 1, 2009)

George is an award-winning teacher at Princeton, where his courses are heavily subscribed and, according to the Princeton University Undergraduate Course Guide, are among the most highly rated in the university. Since 2007, George has been teaching with his Princeton colleague Cornel West, a leading left-wing public intellectual, in undergraduate seminars on leading thinkers in western intellectual history. Readings have included Sophocles' Antigone, Plato's Gorgias, St. Augustine’s Confessions, Marx and Engels’ The Communist Manifesto, Dubois’ The Souls of Black Folk, Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom, Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks, Strauss’s Natural Right and History, and King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. The George-West collaboration has drawn attention both on and off campus, and is widely noted as an example of how scholars can work together across ideological lines of division to enhance the quality of higher education.Eric Quinones, “”, Princeton Weekly Bulletin (April 9, 2007)


George grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia, the grandson of immigrant coal miners. He was educated at Swarthmore College (BA), Harvard Law School (JD), Harvard Divinity School (MTS), and Oxford University (DPhil). At Oxford he studied under John Finnis and Joseph Raz.

Musical activity

George is a finger style guitarist and bluegrass banjo player. His guitar playing is in the style of Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed. His banjo playing mixes the styles of Earl Scruggs, Don Reno, and Bela Fleck. As a teenager, he performed with folk groups and bluegrass bands in coffee houses, rod and gun clubs, and at state and county fairs in West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia. At Swarthmore he led "Robby George and Friends", a country and bluegrass band. He performs in New Jersey with the band "Blue Heart".



  • Natural Law Theory: Contemporary Essays, 1992. ISBN 0-19-823552-6
  • Making Men Moral, 1995. ISBN 0-19-826024-5
  • Natural Law and Moral Inquiry: Ethics, Metaphysics, and Politics in the Work of Germain Grisez, 1998. ISBN 0-87840-674-3
  • In Defense of Natural Law, 1999. ISBN 0-19-826771-1
  • The Autonomy of Law: Essays on Legal Positivism, 1999. ISBN 0-19-826790-8
  • Natural Law and Public Reason, 2000. ISBN 0-87840-766-9
  • Great Cases in Constitutional Law, 2000. ISBN 0-691-04952-1
  • The Clash of Orthodoxies, 2001. ISBN 1-882926-62-5
  • Natural Law, Liberalism, and Morality, 2001. ISBN 0-19-924300-X
  • Constitutional Politics: Essays on Constitution Making, Maintenance, and Change, 2001 ISBN 0-691-08869-1
  • The Meaning of Marriage: Family, State, Market, And Morals, 2006 ISBN 1-890626-64-3
  • Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics, 2007 ISBN 978-0-521-88248-4
  • Embryo: A Defense of Human Life, 2008 ISBN 0-385-52282-7
  • Moral Pública: Debates Actuales, 2009 ISBN 978-956-8639-05-1
  • What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense, 2012 ISBN 978-1594036224
  • Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism, 2013 ISBN 978-1610170703
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