David Deavel

About David Deavel

David Deavel is Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative, editor of Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, Co-Director of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy, and Visiting Professor at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota). He holds a PhD in theology from Fordham and is a winner of the Acton Institute’s Novak Award. His book, Solzhenitsyn and American Culture: The Russian Soul in the West, co-edited with Jessica Hooten Wilson, is forthcoming from Notre Dame Press. Besides his academic publications, Dr. Deavel's writing has appeared in many journals, including Catholic World Report, First Things, National Review, and the Wall Street Journal.

Climbing the Mountain of Education With John Henry Newman

By |2020-12-16T20:36:14-06:00December 16th, 2020|Categories: David Deavel, Education, Liberal Learning, Senior Contributors, St. John Henry Newman|

As St. John Henry Newman explains in his book “The Idea of a University,” education is the process by which a mind is formed not just to learn facts and ideas but to be able to think about how they are connected. And when Newman gives an image for that process, he points toward a [...]

“Persuasion’s” Principles for Popping the Question

By |2020-12-01T15:11:56-06:00December 1st, 2020|Categories: David Deavel, Great Books, Jane Austen, Marriage, Morality, Senior Contributors|

Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” is the story of Anne Elliott, who has broken one engagement, rejected another, and is still single and pining after the man whom she would have married. Austen brings the theme of right marriage to perfection here: Nobility of heart and mind is more important than nobility of title and excess of [...]

It’s a Wonderful Sports Entertainment Life: “Fighting With My Family”

By |2020-11-18T14:03:01-06:00November 18th, 2020|Categories: Culture, David Deavel, Family, Film, Senior Contributors|

The 2019 film “Fighting With My Family,” though not life-changing, is a nice change of pace from the movies where doing one’s own thing is depicted as the heroic, authentic thing. It is pleasantly anti-modern in its conception of family and work, as the family’s good is portrayed as more important than self-doubts about “what [...]

The St. John Paul II Guild & the Future of Education

By |2020-11-14T10:04:10-06:00November 14th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, David Deavel, Education, History, Homeschooling, Liberal Learning, Senior Contributors|

American history is a subject that has suffered from bad teaching, and public education in general is profoundly deforming in so many ways these days. This is why John Niemann, a veteran teacher at classical schools in the Twin Cities, saw a need several years ago and met it with the Saint John Paul II [...]

An Intellectual Father to the End: Edward E. Ericson, Jr.

By |2020-11-04T14:01:38-06:00November 5th, 2020|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, David Deavel, Liberal Learning, Literature, Senior Contributors|

Professor Edward E. Ericson, Jr. was an intellectual father to me. He shared the belief of the Russians that great literature can change lives, and that true literature which does not forget God or man or the particularities of life is ultimately more powerful than politics or even political philosophy. It might be mom or [...]

Larry Elder’s “Uncle Tom”: The Challenge for Black Conservatives

By |2020-10-30T15:21:57-05:00October 30th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Conservatism, Culture, David Deavel, Film, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Larry Elder’s film “Uncle Tom” is a must-see for anybody who thinks all black people think alike or that American black history is simply a history of victimhood. They’re black, they’re proud, and they’re all-American—just like the film they’re in. While it is unlikely that blacks will vote as a majority for Donald Trump or [...]

Wanted: More University Presidents Like Morton Schapiro

By |2020-10-26T15:57:43-05:00October 26th, 2020|Categories: David Deavel, Education, Justice, Liberal Learning, Senior Contributors, Truth|

Other university presidents, provosts, and deans need to support and emulate President Morton Schapiro of Northwestern University. If they can find the courage to support somebody else standing up against the mob, they might find that they have the courage to stand up to their own mobs and discover that when there is no pursuit [...]

Properly Political Scientists: The Great Barrington Declaration

By |2020-10-13T12:57:24-05:00October 14th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, David Deavel, Economics, Politics, Science, Senior Contributors|

Science does not give us all the answers. When it comes to forming policy, there are no technocratic answers. The Great Barrington Declaration is a sensible statement by a group of scientists daring to stand against the “consensus” of experts. It is based not merely on science but on prudent thought based on a broader [...]

Manzoni’s Political Economy

By |2020-10-06T11:19:30-05:00October 5th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Community, David Deavel, Economics, Europe, Literature, Political Economy, Senior Contributors|

Alessandro Manzoni’s gift for seeing the humorous, pathetic, and anger-making aspects of a world in which justice is difficult to find ought to be more recognized. But it is no wonder that what attracts people are the faith, hope, and love that are both the hidden foundation and crown of political and economic life. Alessandro [...]

Politics and Its Christian Discontents

By |2020-09-29T16:07:13-05:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, David Deavel, Politics|

Christians often emphasize not being “of” the world, but the command to be “in” the world is just as present in Christian tradition. We will certainly not be able to create a heaven on earth, but we are often able to put off the creation of little hells. Should Christians care about politics? Should they [...]

Catholic Claims and the Witness of Fr. Mankowski

By |2020-09-26T13:54:42-05:00September 26th, 2020|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, David Deavel, Senior Contributors|

For those of us who believe in the claims of the Catholic Church but are disheartened by her sinking into chaos and corruption, what are we to do? Perhaps the beginning of an answer might be found in Flannery O’Connor’s evergreen observation that we do not so often suffer for the Church as from the [...]

Life Is Risky Business

By |2020-09-14T15:04:08-05:00September 14th, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, Coronavirus, David Deavel, Freedom|

Life entails taking risks. The failure to see that seems to be behind the readiness of so many adults in our society to accept what seem to me to be criminal limitations on our economic and social freedoms in the name of security. If there is anything I do not wish to write about anymore, [...]

Punctual Pleasures… and Necessities

By |2020-09-08T15:34:52-05:00September 8th, 2020|Categories: Culture, David Deavel, Language, Modernity, Senior Contributors|

The most exciting piece of punctuation is the period. It marks strong assertions of fact or opinion and gives the reader a pause to digest them and decide whether to affirm, deny, or leave them hanging till later evidence comes in, from the following sentences or other sources. We could use a lot more sentences [...]

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