Dr. Peter Paul Seaton, Jr.

Associate Professor of Philosophy

pseaton [at] stmarys.edu
Office: 410/864-3640

Curriculum vitae

Dr. Paul Seaton has been at St. Mary’s Seminary & University since 2005. He teaches philosophy full-time and serves on the formation faculty. Dr. Seaton earned his Ph. D. from Fordham University. His professional interests lie in the areas of political philosophy and French thought. He has written extensively in both areas and has translated a number of books from French into English, among them works by Rémi Brague, Chantal Delsol, and Pierre Manent. He is also the book review editor of the journal Perspectives on Political Science.

For health and recreation, Dr. Seaton swims regularly.

Selected Courses Taught

  • Ancient & Medieval Philosophy
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • Augustine’s Confessions
  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics
  • Contemporary Issues

Service to the Church

  • Lector

Selected Publications


  • Rémi Brague
    • Moderately Modern (St. Augustine Press, 2019)
    • The Kingdom of Man: On the Genesis and Failure of the Modern Project (University of Notre Dame Press, 2018)
    • The Legitimacy of the Human (St. Augustine Press, 2017)
    • On the God of the Christians (and one or two others) (St. Augustine Press, 2013)
  • Benjamin Constant, On Religion (Liberty Fund Press, 2018)
  • Chantal Delsol, Unjust Justice (ISI Books, 2008)
  • Pierre Manent
    • Democracy without Nations? (ISI Books, 2007)
    • Modern Liberty and Its Discontents (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998) (co-translated with Daniel J. Mahoney)

Selected Articles

  • “A Socratic in the Late Modern Democratic City,” Perspectives on Political Science (August 2020)
  • “Sentire cum Brownsone,” Perspectives on Political Science (December 2019)
  • “Humanitarian Illusions,” Modern Age (Spring 2019)
  • “Charlemagne’s European Project—and Rémi Brague’s,” Modern Age (Winter 2018)
  • “Papal Globalization,” Perspectives on Political Science (April 2015)
  • “Benedict XVI on Secular Culture, Technological Rationality, and Contemporary Liberty,” in Jerusalem, Athens, and Rome: Essays in Honor of James V. Schall, S. J. (St. Augustine Press, 2013)
  • “Between the Human Condition and Contemporary Societies: The Exemplary Mode of Being-in-the-World of Chantal Delsol,” in Lucid Mind, Intrepid Spirit: Essays on the Thought of Chantal Delsol (Lexington Books, 2012)
  • “European Dreamin’: Democratic Astigmatism and Its Sources,” in Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Globalization (The University Press of Kentucky, 2011)
  • “A Socratic on the Elysée: Chantal Delsol on ‘The Clandestine Ideology of Our Time,’” Perspectives on Political Science (Summer, 2009)
  • “Progress or Tyranny? The Goodridge Dissents,” in Democracy Reconsidered (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009)
  • “Political Philosophy in the Strict Sense”: Thomas L. Pangle on One of the Roots of Western Civilization,” The Political Science Reviewer (Vol. XXXVI, 2007)
  • “‘Wrestling with Gods and Men’: Wilson Carey McWilliams and the Puritans,” Perspectives on Political Science (Fall 2006)
  • “‘Fortunate Powerlessness’: Pierre Manent on Montesquieu’s Constitutional System of Modern Liberty,” Perspectives on Political Science, Spring 2005

Online Resources (Blog Reviews and Essays)

  • Review essay of Leo Strauss and His Catholic Readers (April 16, 2019, voegelinview.org)
  • “Metaphysics as Politics? David C. Schindler on Locke and Liberalism” (June 5, 2018, libertylaw.org)
  • “Understanding Love and Marriage with Rousseau (review of Mark Kremer, Romanticism and Civilization: Love, Marriage, and Family in Rousseau’s Julie) (January 18, 2018, libertylaw.org)
  • “Religion of Humanity” (August 9, 2017, libertylaw.org)
  • “Pierre Manent’s Defense of the Nation-State” (June 1, 2017, libertylaw.org)
  • “A Restless Mind, In Search of Truth: Peter Augustine Lawler (1951-2017)” (May 30, 2017, firsthings.org)
  • “Moses, Calvin, and the Puritans Would’ve Listened to NPR If They were Around Today” (review of Marilynne Robinson, When I Was a Child I Read Books) (August 21, 2014, libertylaw.org)

Recommended Reading

  • Augustine, Confessions
  • Leon Kass, anything (but start with The Hungry Soul, then go to The Beginning of Wisdom)
  • Isaac Kikawada and Arthur Quinn, Before Abraham Was: The Unity of Genesis 1-11
  • Pierre Manent, A World beyond Politics? and Metamorphoses of the City
  • Daniel J. Mahoney, The Idol of the Age

A Favorite Quotation

Christianity knows man. — Charles Péguy