Robert P. George

Robert P. George

Awards and Honors:
Presidential Citizens Medal

Robert P. George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University and was a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. A member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, he served as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights and as a judicial fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, he holds a doctorate in the philosophy of law from Oxford University and several honorary degrees. He is the author or coauthor of five books and editor of nine more. His articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Review of Politics, the Review of Metaphysics, and other scholarly journals, as well as in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, and National Review. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Closing the Door on Innovation: Why One National Curriculum is Bad for America

by John E. Chubb, David Davenport, Richard A. Epstein, Williamson M. Evers, Robert P. George, David R. Henderson, Edwin Meese III, Michael McConnell, Shelby Steele, Herbert J. Walbergvia
Monday, May 9, 2011

A Critical Response to the Shanker Institute Manifesto and the U.S. Department of Education’s Initiative to Develop a National Curriculum and National Assessments Based on National Standards...

Analysis and Commentary

The Dishonorable Sheriff

by Robert P. Georgevia Corner (National Review Online)
Sunday, January 9, 2011

Evidently, some people just can’t help themselves. When a tragedy happens or a crime is committed, they can’t resist the temptation to blame their political opponents...

The President’s Stem-Cell Dollars and the Judge’s Rebuke

by Robert P. Georgevia Advancing a Free Society
Saturday, September 4, 2010

By Robert George, Yuval Levin & Matthew J. Franck

Analysis and Commentary

The President’s Stem-Cell Dollars and the Judge’s Rebuke

by Robert P. Georgevia National Review Online
Saturday, September 4, 2010

Advancing science does not justify the destruction of human life...

Analysis and Commentary

We deserve answers on bomber's release

by Robert P. Georgevia Philadelphia Inquirer
Sunday, August 8, 2010

Justice is not a commodity to be put up for sale to lift faltering economies. The American people deserve better answers than we've gotten so far from either side of the Atlantic - and we deserve them now...

Analysis and Commentary

What happens when judges decree instead of deliberate

by Robert P. Georgevia Washington Examiner
Friday, August 6, 2010

Two federal judges who have recently issued rulings adverse to the historic definition of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife show what results-oriented jurisprudence is all about...

Analysis and Commentary

Obama on Marriage: Bigot or Liar?

by Robert P. Georgevia National Review Online
Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Like Sherlock Holmes’s dog that didn’t bark in the night, liberals have been strangely silent about Obama’s comments on marriage...

Analysis and Commentary

Debating Where Life Begins

by Robert P. Georgevia National Review Online
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Yes, at fertilization, gametes cease to be and a new organism takes their place...

Analysis and Commentary

Morality, Rationality, and Natural Law

by Robert P. Georgevia Public Discourse (Witherspoon Institute)
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

We should prefer natural law thinking to utilitarianism — here’s why...

Analysis and Commentary

Gay Marriage, Democracy, and the Courts

by Robert P. Georgevia Wall Street Journal
Monday, August 3, 2009

We are in the midst of a showdown over the legal definition of marriage...