Former Academicians

F. Russell Hittinger


F. Russell Hittinger

Date of birth 27 July 1949

Place Quantico, VA, United States of America (America)

Nomination 08 September 2009 - 07 September 2019 (Former Academician)

Field Philosophy, Religious Studies, Law

Title Professor

  • Biography
  • Publications

Most important awards, prizes and academies
: Josephine Yalch Zekan Award, Best Scholarly Article in Faith and Law (1997, 2003); Silver Gavel Award, American Bar Association (1991); John Templeton Foundation, awards for Teaching in the Liberal Arts (1997), and for Curriculum Development (2001); Bruno Damiani Award, Graduate Student Association Award for Graduate Teaching, Catholic University (1994); National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship for University Teachers (1993). Positions: Academician and Councilor, Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas (2004-); William K. Warren Professor of Catholic Studies, and Research Professor of Law at University of Tulsa (1996-); Associate Professor, School of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America (1991-1996); Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Fordham University (1987-1991). Visiting Professorships: Princeton University (1990-91); New York University (1989); Katoíla Univerzita V Ruzomberku (2005); Università Regina Apostolorum (2006); Senior Research Fellow at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture (2000); Robert J. Randall Distinguished Visiting Professor in Christian Culture, Providence College (2007-08). Boards (select): American Journal of JurisprudenceIus et Lex (Poland); Nova et Vetera(American edition); First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life; Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture.

Summary of scientific research
My research, writing, and teaching are devoted to an overlapping set of themes, where philosophy, theology, and law intersect. (1) natural law, ethics, and political philosophy, chiefly in the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas; (2) comparative natural law theory - between medieval and modern, among the moderns, and in contemporary legal and constitutional systems; (3) Catholic social doctrine, from the nineteenth century to the present; (4) church-state relations, both European and North American.

Main publications
 The First Grace: Rediscovering Natural Law in a Post-Christian Age, ISI, 2003; A Critique of the New Natural Law Theory, University of Notre Dame Press, 1987; Editor, Linking the Human Life Issues, Regnery-Gateway, 1986 Thomas Aquinas and the Rule of Law [Tommaso D'Aquino e La Rule of Law], English-Italian, a cura Di Fulvio Di Blasi, Classici della Filosofia Contemporanea, Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli, 2007. Articles, Book Chapters, etc.: Introduction, Heinrich Rommen, The State in Catholic Thought, re-publication of 1945 edition, by Alethes Press, 2010; "Pascendi Dominici Gregis 100 ans aprés. Deux modernisms, deux thomismes: réflexions sur le centenaire de la Lettre contre les moderistes de Pie X", Nova et Vetera, Lxxxive Année (Jan. Fév. Mars, 2009); "Dignitatis humanae", Vatican II: Renewal Within Tradition, ed. Matthew Lamb, Oxford University Press, 2008; Introductory essay and critical bibliography, Heinrich Rommen, The Natural Law, Liberty Fund Press, 1998; Introductory essay, Yves Simon, The Tradition of Natural Law, Fordham University Press, 1992; The Teachings of Modern Christianity: On Law, Politics, & Human Nature, 2 vols., Columbia University Press, 2005, John Witte and Frank Alexander eds, my essays include "Introduction to Catholic Authors" and "Pope Leo XIII" in vol. I, and "Annotated primary texts of Leo XIII" in vol. II; "Human Nature and States of Nature in John Paul II's Theological Anthropology", Human Nature in its Wholeness: A Roman Catholic Perspective, ed. Daniel Robinson, The Catholic University of America Press, 2006; "Thomas Aquinas on Natural Law and the Competence to Judge", St. Thomas Aquinas and the Natural Law Tradition: Contemporary Perspectives, John Goyette and John Latkovic eds, The Catholic University of America Press, 2004; "The Constitutionalization of Politics and the Decline of Liberal Tolerance", in Presente y futuro del liberalismo, Enrique Banús and Alejandro Llano, eds, Pamplona, Ediciones Universidad De Navarra, 2004; "Social Roles and Ruling Virtues in Catholic Social Doctrine", Annales theologici 16, 2002; "Dignitatis Humanae, Religious Liberty, and Ecclesiastical Self-Government", 68 George Washington University Law Journal, No. 5/6, July/Sept 2000; "Natural Rights, Under-Specified Rights, and Bills of Rights", Revue Générale de Droit, 29, 1998, No. 4, Université d'Ottawa; "Aquinas and the Rule of Law", The Ever-Illuminating Wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas, Proceedings of the Wethersfield Institute, vol. 8, San Francisco, Ignatius Press, 1999; "Yves R. Simon on Natural Law and Reason", Acquaintance with the Absolute: The Philosophy of Yves R. Simon, edited by Anthony O. Simon, New York: Fordham University Press, 1998; "Natural Law and the Human City", Contemporary Perspectives on Natural Law, edit. Ana Marta Gonzalez, Ashgate, U.K., 2007; "Liberalism and the American Natural Law Tradition", Wake Forest Law Review, Vol. 25, Number 3, 1990; "Theology and Natural Law Theory", 17 Communio, fall, 1990; "Private Uses of Lethal Force: The Case of Assisted Suicide", 32Loyola Law Review 1997; "Natural Law and Virtue: Theories At Cross Purposes", Natural Law Theories, ed. by Robert P. George, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1992; "Natural Law and Catholic Moral Theology", Our Preserving Grace: Protestants, Catholics, and Natural Law, Michael Cromartie, ed., Eerdmans, 1997.

Professional Address

University of Tulsa
Department of Philosophy and Religion
600 South College Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74104-3189

Quinquagesimo ante: Reflections on Pacem in Terris Fifty Years Later (PDF) 2012

Political Pluralism and Religious Liberty: The Teaching of Dignitatis Humanae (PDF) 2011

The Process of ‘Creative Destruction’ and Subsidiarity: A Response to Professors Archer and Donati (PDF) 2010

The Coherence of the Four Basic Principles of Catholic Social Doctrine – An Interpretation (PDF) 2008