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A Guide

J. Budzisze wski

WHAT WE CAN’T NOT KNOW

J. BUDZISZEWSKI

WHAT WE CAN’T
NOT KNOW
A Guide
Revised and Expanded Edition

IGNATIUS PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO

First edition published by
Spence Publishing Company, Dallas, Texas
©2003 by J. Budziszewski
All rights reserved

Cover illustration: Comstock/Fotosearch.com
Cover design by Sam Torode
©2004 Spence Publishing Company
Used by permission
Published in 2011 by Ignatius Press, San Francisco
©2003, 2011 J. Budziszewski
All rights reserved
ISBN 978-1-58617-481-1
Library of Congress Control Number 2010927673
Printed in the United States of America

To my grandparents
Julian and Janina Budziszewski, long departed, not forgotten
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the eight years since the first edition was published, ashift that had already been going on among natural law thinkers has gained ever-greater clarity and momentum. The book reflected that change: although I was appealing to the common sense of the plain man, to the ethical patrimony of the whole human race, I made no attempt to write as a generic person whose intellectual traditions and faith community made no dif ference. In fact I called attention to these things—not, as I said, to shut others out of the conversation, but to invite them in.
That might have seemed a strange way to extend an invita tion to dialogue. In order to talk about what we have in common, shouldn’t we bracket our differences? In order to touch what is universal, don’t we have to suppress everything that isn’t? Well, no. Why not? At various points in the first edition— for example, in commenting on the link between nature and tradition, between virtue and vision, and between deep conscience, which does not vary, and surface conscience, which ix x

PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION

does—I certainly gave reasons. What I didn’t explain is how different this approach to natural law may seem from other ways of thinking about it. In other words, although the book reflected a shift in the understanding of

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