The Conservative Mind

From Burke to Eliot

Author: Russell Kirk

Publisher: Regnery Publishing

ISBN: 9780895261717

Category: Social Science

Page: 534

View: 3386

The book that launched the modern American conservative movement, now available in trade paperback.

Russell Kirk

A Critical Biography of a Conservative Mind

Author: James E. Person

Publisher: Madison Books

ISBN: 1461700078

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 280

View: 3640

This first full-length treatment of Russell Kirk's life and accomplishments blends new biographical insights and critical perspectives about the author of the ground-breakingThe Conservative Mind.

Eliot and His Age

T. S. Eliot's Moral Imagination in the Twentieth Century

Author: Russell Kirk

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 149763573X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 460

View: 6687

Eliot and His Age remains the best introduction to T. S. Eliot’s life, ideas, and literary works. It is the essential starting place for anyone who would understand what Eliot was about. Russell Kirk’s view of his older friend is sympathetic but not adulatory. His insights into Eliot’s writings are informed by wide reading in the same authors who most influenced the poet, as well as by similar experiences and convictions. Kirk elaborates here a significant theory of literary meaning in general, showing how great literary works awaken our intuitive reason, giving us profound visions of truth that transcend logical processes. And he traces Eliot’s political and cultural ideas to their true sources, showing the balance and subtlety of Eliot’s views. Eliot and His Age is a literary biography that will endure when much of the more recent writing on Eliot is gathering dust.

Rights and Duties

Reflections on Our Conservative Constitution

Author: Mitchell Shannon Muncy

Publisher: Spence Pub


Category: Law

Page: 286

View: 6667

Rev. and expanded ed. of : The conservative constitution. c1990.

The Vision of the Soul

Author: James Matthew Wilson

Publisher: CUA Press

ISBN: 0813229286

Category: Philosophy

Page: 368

View: 6096

Ours is an age full of desires but impoverished in its understanding of where those desires lead—an age that claims mastery over the world but also claims to find the world as a whole absurd or unintelligible. In The Vision of the Soul, James Matthew Wilson seeks to conserve the great insights of the western tradition by giving us a new account of them responsive to modern discontents. The western— or Christian Platonist—tradition, he argues, tells us that man is an intellectual animal, born to pursue the good, to know the true, and to contemplate all things in beauty. Wilson begins by reconceiving the intellectual conservatism born of Edmund Burke’s jeremiad against the French Revolution as an effort to preserve the West’s vision of man and the cosmos as ordered by and to beauty. After defining the achievement of that vision and its tradition, Wilson offers an extended study of the nature of beauty and the role of the fine arts in shaping a culture but above all in opening the human intellect to the perception of the form of reality. Through close studies of Theodor W. Adorno and Jacques Maritain, he recovers the classical vision of beauty as a revelation of truth and being. Finally, he revisits the ancient distinction between reason and story-telling, between mythos and logos, in order to rejoin the two. Story-telling is foundational to the forms of the fine arts, but it is no less foundational to human reason. Human life in turn constitutes a specific kind of form—a story form. The ancient conception of human life as a pilgrimage to beauty itself is one that we can fully embrace only if we see the essential correlation between reason and story and the essential convertibility of truth, goodness and beauty in beauty. By turns a study in fundamental ontology, aesthetics, and political philosophy, Wilson’s book invites its readers to a renewal of the West’s intellectual tradition.

Redeeming the Time

Author: Russell Kirk

Publisher: Isi Books


Category: Fiction

Page: 321

View: 8816

Here, Russell Kirk counsels the reader to direct his energies toward cultural renewal. Distilled in these pages are many of the central tenets of Kirk's brand of humane conservatism. Kirk discusses the recovery of real education, the dangers of our current social order, and today's cultural climate in general, and offers hopeful steps toward a restoration of our culture.

Politische Theorien im Zeitalter der Ideologien


Author: Klaus von Beyme

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 9783531138756

Category: Political Science

Page: 1001

View: 1402

Mit diesem Buch wird erstmals wieder eine Gesamtschau der politischen Theorie im Zeitalter der Revolutionen und Ideologien (1789 - 1945) vorgelegt, die den ganzen europäischen Horizont in den Blick nimmt. Die Darstellung geht von der Spaltung des politischen Denkens seit der Französischen Revolution aus und verfolgt die Theorieentwicklung innerhalb der großen politischen Grundströmungen des Liberalismus, des Konservativismus und des Sozialismus. Insgesamt werden rund 170 wichtige Theoretiker aus den 6 maßgeblichen europäischen Ländern (Frankreich, Großbritannien, Deutschland, Italien, Spanien und Russland) vorgestellt und in den historischen, politischen, gesellschaftlichen und sozialen Horizont ihrer Zeit eingeordnet. Dabei treten nicht nur die nationalen Traditionen politischen Denkens deutlich hervor, sondern auch "Normalwege" und "Sonderwege" der Theorieentwicklung in den jeweiligen Ländern. Das Buch behandelt die biographischen, sozialen und beruflichen Hintergründe der einzelnen Theoretiker und wagt abschließend eine Gesamtbewertung von politischer Theorie und ihrer Beziehung zu Politik und Geschichte des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts. Ursprünglich aus Vorlesungen entstanden bietet dieser Band einen sehr lesenswerten Einblick in die politische Seele des ideologischen Zeitalters.

Russell Kirk

American Conservative

Author: Bradley J. Birzer

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813166195

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 600

View: 4051

Emerging from two decades of the Great Depression and the New Deal and facing the rise of radical ideologies abroad, the American Right seemed beaten, broken, and adrift in the early 1950s. Although conservative luminaries such as T. S. Eliot, William F. Buckley Jr., Leo Strauss, and Eric Voegelin all published important works at this time, none of their writings would match the influence of Russell Kirk's 1953 masterpiece The Conservative Mind. This seminal book became the intellectual touchstone for a reinvigorated movement and began a sea change in Americans' attitudes toward traditionalism. In Russell Kirk, Bradley J. Birzer investigates the life and work of the man known as the founder of postwar conservatism in America. Drawing on papers and diaries that have only recently become available to the public, Birzer presents a thorough exploration of Kirk's intellectual roots and development. The first to examine the theorist's prolific writings on literature and culture, this magisterial study illuminates Kirk's lasting influence on figures such as T. S. Eliot, William F. Buckley Jr., and Senator Barry Goldwater -- who persuaded a reluctant Kirk to participate in his campaign for the presidency in 1964. While several books examine the evolution of postwar conservatism and libertarianism, surprisingly few works explore Kirk's life and thought in detail. This engaging biography not only offers a fresh and thorough assessment of one of America's most influential thinkers but also reasserts his humane vision in an increasingly inhumane time.

Das alte Pfarrhaus

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783455403190


Page: 96

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Aus nächster Nähe

Author: LS Hawker

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 3959676913

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 6761

Das Leben war nicht immer gut zu Nessa Donati. Doch inzwischen konnte sie sich ihr eigenes kleines Glück aufbauen. Mit ihrem Mann John, ihrem Sohn Daltrey und dem Zurücklassen ihrer Vergangenheit. Doch plötzlich verschwindet John, und die Polizei befragt sie als Verdächtige. Kurz darauf beginnen die Attacken: erst im Internet, dann darüber hinaus. Sie fühlt sich verfolgt. Wer ist es, der sie mit ihren Geheimnissen quält? Und wie weit wird er gehen?

Constitutional Conservatism

Author: Peter Berkowitz

Publisher: Hoover Press

ISBN: 0817916040

Category: Law

Page: 133

View: 3589

Social conservatives and libertarians: Is a meeting of the minds possible? Feuding among US conservatives for the title True Conservative is nothing new. Underlying the feud has been a failure to grasp that conservatism in America forms a family of principles that require accommodation: to each other, to the exigencies of the moment, and to the changing habits and opinions of the American people. In Constitutional Conservatism, Peter Berkowitz identifies the political principles social conservatives and libertarians share, or should share, and sketches the common ground on which they can and should join forces. Drawing on the writings of Edmund Burke, The Federalist, and the high points of post-War II American conservatism, Berkowitz argues that the top political priority for social conservatives and libertarians should be to rally around the principles of liberty crystallized in the US Constitution and pursue reform in light of them. He shows that this task depends on the cultivation of the virtue of political moderation, which at its peak consists in the balancing of rival but worthy principles. He concludes that constitutional conservatism, well understood, provides a sturdy framework for developing a distinctive political agenda to which both social conservatives and libertarian conservatives can in good conscience subscribe.

Die neue Wissenschaft der Politik

eine Einführung

Author: Eric Voegelin

Publisher: Wilhelm Fink Verlag

ISBN: 9783770540150


Page: 286

View: 8057

Es gibt nur wenige Klassiker der modernen politischen Philosophie - Eric Voegelins Die neue Wissenschaft der Politik ist einer von ihnen. Ihre Erstveröffentlichung 1952 in den USA zog durch eine Titelgeschichte vom Time Magazine sogleich breite Aufmerksamkeit auf sich und brachte dem Autor den Ruf eines Theoretikers von Rang ein. Sie ist im besten Sinne des Wortes eine Streit- und zugleich eine Programmschrift. In dezidierter Frontstellung gegen das positivistische Wissenschaftsverständnis unternimmt der Autor den Versuch, die politische Wissenschaft in Anknüpfung an die Tradition der klassischen episteme politike als eine Wissenschaft von menschlicher und gesellschaftlicher Ordnung neu zu begründen. In ihrem Mittelpunkt stehen, neben der Frage nach dem Wesen der Rationalität, eine Philosophie der Geschichte mit einer ebenso kritischen wie kontroversen Deutung der westlichen Modernität. Als "ein Werk von exzeptioneller Qualität" brachte Die neue Wissenschaft der Politik Voegelin den begehrten Lippencott Award der American Political Science Association ein. Auch heute, ein halbes Jahrhundert nach ihrem ersten Erscheinen, hat sie nichts von ihrer ursprünglichen Frische, Aktualität und intellektuellen Brillanz verloren.

Apocalypse Then

American Intellectuals and the Vietnam War, 1954-1975

Author: Robert R. Tomes

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814783406

Category: History

Page: 298

View: 1704

Prior to the Vietnam war, American intellectual life rested comfortably on shared assumptions and often common ideals. Intellectuals largely supported the social and economic reforms of the 1930s, the war against Hitler's Germany, and U.S. conduct during the Cold War. By the early 1960s, a liberal intellectual consensus existed. The war in Southeast Asia shattered this fragile coalition, which promptly dissolved into numerous camps, each of which questioned American institutions, values, and ideals. Robert R. Tomes sheds new light on the demise of Cold War liberalism and the development of the New Left, and the steady growth of a conservatism that used Vietnam, and anti-war sentiment, as a rallying point. Importantly, Tomes provides new evidence that neoconservatism retreated from internationalism due largely to Vietnam, only to regroup later with substantially diminished goals and expectations. Covering vast archival terrain, Apocalypse Then stands as the definitive account of the impact of the Vietnam war on American intellectual life.

Edmund Burke

A Genius Reconsidered

Author: Russell Kirk

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1497651417

Category: Political Science

Page: 300

View: 8127

In this, the liveliest and most accessible one-volume life of Edmund Burke, Russell Kirk ingeniously combines into a living whole the private and the public Burke. He gives us a fresh assessment of the great statesman, who enjoys even greater influence today than in his own time. Russell Kirk was a leading figure in the post-World War II revival of American interest in Edmund Burke. Today, no one who takes seriously the problems of society dares remain indifferent to “the first conservative of our time of troubles.” In Russell Kirk’s words: “Burke’s ideas interest anyone nowadays, including men bitterly dissenting from his conclusions. If conservatives would know what they defend, Burke is their touchstone; and if radicals wish to test the temper of their opposition, they should turn to Burke.” Kirk lucidly unfolds Burke’s philosophy, showing how it revealed itself in concrete historical situations during the eighteenth century and how Burke, through his philosophy, “speaks to our age.” This volume makes vivid the four great struggles in the life of Burke: his efforts to reconcile England with the American colonies; his involvements in cutting down the domestic power of George III; his prosecution of Warren Hastings, the Governor General of India; and his resistance to Jacobinism, the French Revolution’s “armed doctrine.” In each of these great phases of his public life, Burke fought with passionate eloquence and relentless logic for justice and for the proper balance of order and freedom. With sure instinct born of his sympathy and understanding, Kirk gives us the incisive quotation, the illuminating highlight, the moving, all-too-human elements that bring Burke and his age to vivid life. Thanks to Russell Kirk’s skillful evocations, Edmund Burke in these pages becomes our contemporary. “Because corruption and fanaticism assail our era as sorely as they did Burke’s time, the resonance of Burke’s voice still is heard amidst the howl of our winds of abstract doctrine.”

Meisterdenker: Kant

1724 - 1804

Author: Roger Scruton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783926642431


Page: 140

View: 5113

Counter-revolution of the Word

The Conservative Attack on Modern Poetry, 1945-1960

Author: Alan Filreis

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469606631

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 448

View: 7604

During the Cold War an unlikely coalition of poets, editors, and politicians converged in an attempt to discredit--if not destroy--the American modernist avant-garde. Ideologically diverse yet willing to bespeak their hatred of modern poetry through the rhetoric of anticommunism, these "anticommunist antimodernists," as Alan Filreis dubs them, joined associations such as the League for Sanity in Poetry to decry the modernist "conspiracy" against form and language. In Counter-revolution of the Word Filreis narrates the story of this movement and assesses its effect on American poetry and poetics. Although the antimodernists expressed their disapproval through ideological language, their hatred of experimental poetry was ultimately not political but aesthetic, Filreis argues. By analyzing correspondence, decoding pseudonyms, drawing new connections through the archives, and conducting interviews, Filreis shows that an informal network of antimodernists was effective in suppressing or distorting the postwar careers of many poets whose work had appeared regularly in the 1930s. Insofar as modernism had consorted with radicalism in the Red Decade, antimodernists in the 1950s worked to sever those connections, fantasized a formal and unpolitical pre-Depression High Modern moment, and assiduously sought to de-radicalize the remnant avant-garde. Filreis's analysis provides new insight into why experimental poetry has aroused such fear and alarm among American conservatives.

The Dilemmas of American Conservatism

Author: Kenneth L. Deutsch,Ethan Fishman

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813139627

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

View: 5753

In the second half of the twentieth century, American conservatism emerged from the shadow of New Deal liberalism and developed into a movement exerting considerable influence on the formulation and execution of public policy in the United States. During that period, the political philosophers who provided the intellectual foundations for the American conservative movement were John H. Hallowell, Eric Voegelin, Leo Strauss, Richard Weaver, Russell Kirk, Robert Nisbet, John Courtney Murray, Friedrich Hayek, and Willmoore Kendall. By offering a comprehensive analysis of their thoughts and beliefs, The Dilemmas of American Conservatism both illuminates the American conservative imagination and reveals its most serious contradictions. The contributing authors question whether a core set of conservative principles can be determined based on the frequently diverging perspectives of these key philosophers.