Paul DeHart

Paul R. DeHart is associate professor of political science at Texas State University where he specializes in natural law, the American founding, early modern political theory, social contract theory, the grounds of political authority and obligation, and the relationship between religion and political order. He is author of Uncovering the Constitution’s Moral Design (University of Missouri Press 2007 and 2017) and editor, with Carson Holloway, of Reason, Revelation, and the Civic Order: Political Philosophy and the Claims of Faith (Northern Illinois University Press 2014). Speaking of Uncovering the Constitution’s Moral Design, Hadley Arkes says, “The remarkable achievement of this book is that the case DeHart makes for the moral telos of the Constitution has been made now in a way that must be utterly compelling to anyone who has not closed his mind entirely to the canons of reason. This is a rare and remarkable achievement. I know of nothing else that does the work this well.” Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, emeritus at Yale University, notes that Reason, Revelation, and the Civic Order is “a bold and courageous book, contesting the pieties of our present day. It fills a huge gap in the literature.” DeHart's articles have appeared in journals such as Polity, Critical Review, Locke Studies, Perspectives on Political Science, and the Catholic Social Science Review. He has also published several essays at online journals and webzines like Public Discourse and Law & Liberty. His public scholarship has been discussed within multiple Presidential campaigns and within state government. He has delivered invited lectures at Pembroke College of Oxford University in the Rothermere American Institute's Constitutional Thought and History Seminar, in a series for the Attorney General's Office for the State of Texas, and at the Law School of the University of Dayton.

DeHart holds a BA (summa cum laude) in political science and philosophy from Houghton College and an MA and PhD in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.


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