George Panichas

About George Panichas

Dr. George A. Panichas (1930-2010) was a critic whose main concerns and books centered on the relations between literature, culture, and society. He was the author of numerous books, including Growing Wings to Overcome Gravity, The Reverent Discipline (University of Tennessee Press, 1974), The Critic as Conservator (Catholic University of America Press, 1992), Irving Babbitt: Representative Writings (University of Nebraska Press, 1981). Dr. Panichas was also the editor of Modern Age: A Quarterly Review.

Irving Babbitt: An Act of Reparation

By |2017-11-11T12:11:06-05:00August 14th, 2017|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, George A. Panichas, Irving Babbitt, Leadership|Tags: |

Irving Babbitt wrestled with those fundamental life questions that relate to the fate of man in the modern world. What he chose to say about this world of increasing material organization continues to make Babbitt’s work and thought disturbing and unpalatable… Irving Babbitt (1865-1933) never wavered in what he viewed as being his commanding [...]

The False Idol of Modern Sports in America

By |2019-04-07T10:46:07-05:00December 28th, 2016|Categories: Culture, Featured, George A. Panichas, Sports|

Idolatry is a dimension of the value that is now placed on sports in America, and is expressed in unbridled adoration of physical feats, and in bowing down to the things of the world… “A technologically supported secularism would make men as gods whose mere desires transform material reality to suit their needs.” So [...]

What Happened to Excellence?

By |2019-04-07T16:12:48-05:00August 29th, 2016|Categories: Character, Culture, Eric Voegelin, Featured, George A. Panichas, Great Books, Irving Babbitt, Modernity, Virtue|

Excellence, which can be defined as the state of excelling and of surpassing merit, is now increasingly one of the lost words of the English language. And increasingly the special qualities that this word de­notes are banned in a nation which im­poses diversity and political correctitude. Today, it is dangerously incriminating for one to [...]

A World Without Meaning: “Mrs. Dalloway”

By |2019-04-07T10:50:27-05:00August 4th, 2016|Categories: Featured, George A. Panichas, Literature, Virginia Woolf|

Its contemplation of evil makes “Mrs. Dalloway” a modern classic that speaks in a universal language and has universal meaning… The British writer, C.E. Montague (1867–1929) poignantly describes this debasing process in an acclaimed book that appeared in 1922, Disenchantment. To read Montague’s text regarding his own personal experiences in the war and how [...]

Soldiers, Shell Shock, & Sadness in “Mrs. Dalloway”

By |2019-04-07T10:50:36-05:00July 25th, 2016|Categories: Featured, George A. Panichas, Literature, Virginia Woolf, War|

“Mrs. Dalloway” has as one of its primary reference points the life and fate of a psychologically maimed soldier who has returned from the Western Front… The British writer, C.E. Montague (1867–1929) poignantly describes this debasing process in an acclaimed book that appeared in 1922, Disenchantment. To read Montague’s text regarding his own personal [...]

Death, Disenchantment, & “Mrs. Dalloway”

By |2019-04-07T10:50:42-05:00July 18th, 2016|Categories: Featured, George A. Panichas, Literature, Virginia Woolf, War|

To read “Mrs. Dalloway” is to re-experience the full violence of war inflicted on body and soul and mind and to comprehend the ravages of cruel history… The British writer, C.E. Montague (1867–1929) poignantly describes this debasing process in an acclaimed book that appeared in 1922, Disenchantment. To read Montague’s text regarding his own [...]

The World of the Poet

By |2018-10-30T14:54:11-05:00June 17th, 2016|Categories: Dante, Fiction, George A. Panichas, Greek Epic Poetry, Homer, Imagination, John Milton, Literature, Moral Imagination, Poetry, Sophocles, Virgil|

Man, it is often said, cannot jump over his own shadow. The poet—and by “poet” I mean a writer of imaginative works in verse or prose—leaps over the universe… Sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper et in saecula saeculorum. I We not only read a novel, we enter into its created world. [...]

Edmund Burke: A Genius Reconsidered

By |2019-04-07T10:50:44-05:00June 10th, 2016|Categories: Books, Edmund Burke, Featured, George A. Panichas, Russell Kirk|

Edmund Burke: A Genius Reconsidered by Russell Kirk (ISI Books, 2009, 2nd edition). Russell Kirk’s book on Edmund Burke, first published in 1967, now revised and hand­somely re-issued, testifies not only to the “enduring Burke,” but also to the enduring Kirk. As a British statesman and political philosopher of “inspired wisdom,” Burke (1729-1797) continues to address our [...]

Restoring the Meaning of Conservatism

By |2019-04-07T10:50:56-05:00December 28th, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, George A. Panichas, Irving Babbitt, Permanent Things, Richard Weaver, Russell Kirk, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to explore the true meaning of conservatism and how we should restore it. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll get knocked down by anything.” —Anonymous It is now more than half a century since the publication [...]

Moral Questions of Joseph Conrad’s “Victory”

By |2015-02-23T17:03:23-05:00February 23rd, 2015|Categories: Books, George A. Panichas|

Can a man of moral sensitivity function in a corrupt and derelict world? This is a major question that Joseph Conrad probes in Victory (1915) and that his main character, Axel Heyst, presumably a Swedish baron, depicts through a demanding process of self-examination and self-discovery. Conrad, to be sure, conveys in this novel the [...]

Aspects of Tragedy: Ancient and Modern

By |2018-10-23T12:41:46-05:00July 12th, 2014|Categories: Classics, Featured, George A. Panichas, Great Books, Greek Epic Poetry, Tragedy|Tags: |

In the ancient world the perimeters of tragic vision and experience were clearly established and recognized. One could be quite clear as to the meaning of tragedy and the manifestations of tragic experience and tragic heroism. One could readily comprehend the noble stature and the transcendent realm of tragedy. One could, in short, measure [...]

The Things that are Caesar’s: Romano Guardini

By |2016-02-26T21:42:09-05:00May 23rd, 2014|Categories: Books, Christianity, Communio, George A. Panichas, Religion, Romano Guardini|Tags: |

Romano Guardini is sometimes referred to as a “Philosopher of the Christian World” whose lifelong task was that of “proclaiming the sacred in a modern world.” A world-famous Roman Catholic thinker and a prolific writer who was born in Verona, Italy, in 1885, he lived and studied in Germany from the age of one [...]

Is Conservatism at the Mercy of Hollow Men?

By |2019-04-07T10:51:20-05:00May 5th, 2014|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, George A. Panichas|Tags: |

George A. Panichas T.H. Pickett’s essay on “War, Power, and Supremacy” further develops the urgent need stressed in the preceding three issues of Modern Age, “Restoring the Meaning of Conservatism.” This need becomes even greater as the debate continues between traditional conservatives and ambitious usurpers. Actually this debate would itself be academic [...]