Current Status
Not Enrolled
Get Started


Discover the history of western political thought through a survey of some of the most important figures in the tradition. Examine the origins of political philosophy in ancient Greece through Aristotle’s most important works—Nicomachean Ethics and Politics. Explore the ways in which Aristotle’s thought was taken up by Christianity through a brief examination of central articles in St. Thomas Aquinas’s “Treatise on Law”. Witness the breakdown of Aristotelian and Thomistic political philosophy in modernity through the Italian political philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli. Then uncover the development of classical liberalism and social contract theory in the writings of the 17th century English philosopher John Locke. Finally study the birth of American political thought from the perspective of one of the most perceptive observers of American political life—Alexis de Tocqueville.



  • Discover the impact of the political philosophy of ancient Greece
  • Witness the radical break from traditional political philosophy in Niccolò Machiavelli
  • Learn the origins of social contract theory and its influence on America
  • Explore the insights of one of the most perceptive observers of American political life—Alexis de Tocqueville.
John A. Cuddeback


Joseph Brutto holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. He teaches courses in political theory and Catholic social doctrine. His research focuses on contemporary applications of Aristotle’s philosophy like that found in the work of Alasdair MacIntyre.




When you join Christendom’s Principles Society, you join a community of Catholics who give monthly to support the development of free online Principles classes to educate Catholics around the world, while also helping Christendom College educate young Catholics in the Truth—free from federal funding.

As a Principles Patron monthly giver, your membership includes:

  • The opportunity to give our youth a life-changing Catholic education and help share Principles with countless others.
  • Exclusive unlimited access to upper-level Principles classes taught by Christendom College's faithful Catholic professors.
  • Early access to all new Principles classes with Christendom faculty.
  • Being a part of the Christendom family's prayerful community.
Simple Share Buttons
Simple Share Buttons