John P. East

John P. East

About John P. East

John Porter East (1931–1986) was a professor of political science at East Carolina University (Greenville, North Carolina) and then a United States Senator from North Carolina from 1981 until his death. Dr. East was the author of The American Conservative Movement: The Philosophical Founders.

The Political Relevance of St. Augustine

By |2016-08-03T10:35:57-06:00July 24th, 2016|Categories: Aristotle, Christendom, Christianity, Politics, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join John P. East as he advocates the virtues of Augustinianism. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher It is surprising that contemporary political thinking has paid relatively scant attention to St. Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo. It may be true, as some say, that [...]

The Conservatism of Willmoore Kendall

By |2016-07-11T16:03:30-06:00June 20th, 2016|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Federalist Papers, Richard Weaver, Willmoore Kendall|

IV It is clear that Publius’s deliberative process, with its emphasis upon accommodation, harmony, and consensus, is antithetical to the conflict-oriented majoritarianism of the egalitarians. As a corollary proposition, it is essential to note that as a result of the supreme symbol of the deliberative process, the followers of Publius, with Willmoore Kendall as [...]

What “The Federalist” Really Says

By |2019-03-16T10:18:31-06:00June 13th, 2016|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, American Founding, American Republic, Equality, Featured, Federalist, Federalist Papers, James Madison, John Locke, Willmoore Kendall|

III In his analysis of the Socrates of the Apology, Willmoore Kendall was hinting strongly at the probability that the contemporary John Stuart Mill-Karl Popper school in the United States is using the argument of the purist open society as an instrument or weapon to unhinge the existing orthodoxy, not for the alleged purpose [...]

The Lie of the Open Society

By |2019-03-16T10:19:41-06:00June 6th, 2016|Categories: Apology, Conservatism, Crito, Featured, Free Speech, John Locke, John Stuart Mill, Liberty, Plato, Willmoore Kendall|

II John Locke The related problems of “the public orthodoxy” and “the open society” were major concerns of  Willmoore Kendall throughout his professional career. In his reappraisal of John Locke in 1941, Kendall’s Locke emerged as an exponent of the public orthodoxy as expressed through the majority. As Kendall sees it, in Lockean thought, “In [...]

What John Locke Really Said

By |2019-08-22T15:49:44-06:00May 30th, 2016|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, John Locke, Natural Law, Willmoore Kendall|

By any reasonable standard of measurement, Willmoore Kendall would have to be included in a list of the most important political scientists of the post-World War II era. Moreover, as regards the American political tradition, it is easily argued that Kendall is the most original, innovative, and challenging interpreter of any period. I believe these [...]

Richard Weaver’s Conservatism of Affirmation & Hope

By |2016-06-13T15:58:54-06:00May 19th, 2016|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Plato, Relativism, Richard Weaver, South, Western Civilization|

III Richard Weaver reasoned it was the emergence of nominalism, the departure from Plato­nism and Christianity, which produced the intellectual heresies leading to the trauma and anguish of the modern era. “It was,” he elaborated, “William of Occam who pro­pounded the fateful doctrine of nominalism, which denies that universals have a real existence,” and [...]

Richard Weaver: The Conservatism of Piety

By |2019-01-16T22:05:53-06:00May 12th, 2016|Categories: Conservatism, Faith, Featured, Plato, Richard Weaver, St. Augustine, Western Tradition|

Born in Weaverville, North Carolina in 1910, Richard Malcolm Weaver was raised in Lexington, Kentucky. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Weaver graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1932. In that year, he joined the American Socialist Par­ty; however, from the outset, Richard Weaver was disenchanted with that association and his flirtation with socialism was [...]

What Shaped Eric Voegelin’s Thought?

By |2016-05-07T08:36:30-06:00April 27th, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Conservatism, Eric Voegelin, Featured, History, Western Civilization|

IV Eric Voegelin’s affection for the Hellenic, Judaic, and Christian heritages can be easily documented. They are the crucial strands in the forming of his thought. Yet the matter goes deeper than that. Subtly, but irrefutably, in the corpus of his writing, Christianity emerges as the preeminent achievement of the Western experience. For example, [...]

The Conservative Thought of Eric Voegelin

By |2016-05-02T10:23:04-06:00April 21st, 2016|Categories: Aristotle, Christianity, Conservatism, Eric Voegelin, Featured, Plato, St. Augustine|

Eric Voegelin was born in Cologne, Germany in 1901. Receiving his doctorate from the University of Vienna in 1922, he served on the law faculty of that institution. To escape the Nazi regime, he came to the United States in 1938. Subsequently, he taught at Harvard University, Bennington College, the University of Alabama, and Louisiana [...]

Leo Strauss: Escaping the Stifling Clutches of Historicism

By |2017-12-20T00:17:36-06:00April 7th, 2016|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Friedrich Nietzsche, Great Books, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Locke, Leo Strauss, Plato, William F. Buckley Jr.|

Leo Strauss (1899-1973) was a native of Germany. "I was," he reported near the end of his life, "brought up in a conservative, even orthodox Jewish home some­where in a rural district of Germany."[1] Strauss received his doctorate from Hamburg University in 1921. In 1938, he emigrated to the United States and commenced teaching political [...]

The Political Relevance of St. Augustine

By |2019-05-16T12:54:14-06:00September 21st, 2013|Categories: Christendom, Christianity, Political Philosophy, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas|Tags: |

It is surprising that contemporary political thinking has paid relatively scant attention to St. Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo. It may be true, as some say, that we live in the post-Christian era. It certainly cannot be gainsaid that we live in an age of pervasive secularism in which a name such as Augustine [...]

Russell Kirk as a Political Theorist

By |2019-10-15T21:58:26-06:00November 1st, 2012|Categories: Christianity, Conservatism, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Moral Imagination, Politics, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

Born on October 19, 1918, in Plymouth, Michigan, the son of Russell and Marjorie Kirk, Russell Amos Kirk was destined to become the principal intellectual founder of the American conservative movement in the post-World War II era. Graduating from Michigan State College (now University) in 1940, he received his Master’s degree from Duke University [...]