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.

The Moral Sense in Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim

By |2019-04-07T10:51:25-05:00March 25th, 2014|Categories: Books, Featured, George A. Panichas, Literature, Morality|Tags: |

Lord Jim (1900), Joseph Conrad’s fourth novel, is the story of a ship which collides with “a floating derelict” and will doubtlessly “go down at any moment” during a “silent black squall.” The ship, old and rust-eaten, known as the Patna, is voyaging across the Indian Ocean to the Red Sea. Aboard are eight hundred [...]

Restoring the Meaning of Conservatism

By |2019-08-08T11:17:30-05:00October 20th, 2013|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, George A. Panichas, The Conservative Mind|Tags: |

The conservative as conservator guards against violations of our reverent traditions and legacy, and is, in fine, a preserver, a keeper, a custodian of sacred things and signs and texts… “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 of [...]

Reflections on Leadership

By |2020-03-18T18:09:32-05:00May 30th, 2013|Categories: Democracy, Featured, George A. Panichas, Irving Babbitt, Leadership|Tags: , |

We need to restore moral value to leadership. In whom do we now recognize and salute leaderly qualities? Who are representative of great leadership? What accounts for the growing diminution of standards of leadership? “In the long run democracy will be judged,” writes Irving Babbitt in Democracy and Leadership (1924), “no less than other forms [...]

Irving Babbitt & Richard Weaver: Conservative Sages

By |2019-05-02T12:28:56-05:00May 16th, 2013|Categories: Character, Conservatism, Culture, Featured, George A. Panichas, Irving Babbitt, Order, Richard Weaver|Tags: |

Irving Babbitt Richard Weaver Character and Culture: Essays on East and West, by Irving Babbitt, with a new Introduction by Claes G. Ryn Visions of Order: The Cultural Crisis of Our Time, by Richard M. Weaver, with a foreword by Russell Kirk Two modern American teachers and critics who can now [...]

Conservatism and the Life of the Spirit

By |2019-04-07T10:52:06-05:00October 12th, 2012|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, George A. Panichas, Religion|Tags: |

George Panichas Better to be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident a security. —Edmund Burke The crisis of modernity is an inclusive one. Its power and scourge are such that even those movements that seek to defend the sanctities of tradition and the values of order find themselves increasingly [...]

The Inspired Wisdom of Burke

By |2019-04-07T10:52:24-05:00May 11th, 2012|Categories: Books, Edmund Burke, Featured, George A. Panichas, Russell Kirk, Wisdom|Tags: |

Edmund Burke: A Genius Reconsidered, by Russell Kirk, with a Foreword by Roger Scruton, Wilmington, Delaware: Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 1997. 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 [...]

The Faith of Men of Let­ters

By |2017-06-26T16:57:46-05:00February 27th, 2011|Categories: Benjamin Lockerd, Books, George A. Panichas, Russell Kirk, T.S. Eliot|Tags: |

When virtues of in­sight and wis­dom are com­ple­mented by elo­quence and hu­mil­ity in a work of criticism, there is al­ways rea­son to cel­e­brate. And when the critic’s sub­ject is Thomas Stearns Eliot—“our last great poet,” as Dr. F. R. Leavis has af­fixed Eliot’s imaginative ge­nius—there is added cause for cel­e­bra­tion. Much non­sense has been writ­ten [...]

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