The Catholic University of America

V. Bradley Lewis

Associate Professor of Philosophy


OfficeAquinas Hall 221
Phone: (202) 319-6654
Mailing address:

The Catholic University of America
School of Philosophy
Washington, DC 20064, USA


Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 1997

Areas of Interest

Political Philosophy, Legal Philosophy, Ethics

Curriculum vitae  

Select Publications

"The Limits of Reform: Punishment and Reason in Plato's Second-Best City." In The Philosophy of Punishment and the History of Political Thought,10-32. Edited by Peter Koritansky. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2012.
"American Exceptionalism." America, 3 October 2011.
"Platonic Philosophy and Natural Law," in Natural Law, Natural Rights, and American Constitutionalism, an on-line encyclopedia funded by the Witherspoon Institute and the National Endowment for the Humanities "We the People" Project, 2010. URL:
"The Common Good against the Modern State? On MacIntyre's Political Philosophy." Josephinum Journal of Theology 16 (2009): 357-78.
"'Reason Striving to Become Law': Nature and Law in Plato's Laws," American Journatl of Jurisprudence 54 (2009): 67-91. French translation: "La raison qui entreprend de se faire loi': nature et loi dans les Lois de Platon." In Droit naturel: relancer l'histoire?, 101-32. Ed. Xavier Dijon, et al. Brussels: Bruylant, 2008.
"Plato's Minos: The Political and Philosophical Context of the Problem of Natural Right," The Review of Metaphysics, vol. 60, no. 1 (September 2006): 17-53.
"The Seventh Letter and the Unity of Plato's Political Philosophy," Southern Journal of Philosophy, vol. 38, no. 2 (2000) : 231-250.
"The Nocturnal Council and Platonic Political Philosophy," History of Political Thought, vol. 19, no. 1 (Spring 1998): 1-20.