About Peter Stanlis

Peter J. Stanlis (1920-2011) was Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Rockford College. A leading interpreter of the political philosophy of Edmund Burke, Dr. Stanlis also wrote extensively on Robert Frost, including Robert Frost: The Poet as Philosopher (ISI Books) and Robert Frost: The Individual and Society (Rockford College Press).

Robert Frost: The Conversationalist as Poet

By |2021-01-28T22:40:32-06:00January 28th, 2020|Categories: Language, Literature, Peter Stanlis, Poetry, Robert Frost|

Robert Frost’s theory goes to the heart of his entire aesthetic philosophy and conception of art, and is ultimately a vital part of his great skill and power both as a conversationalist and poet, and in his metaphorical habits of thought as a philosophical dualist: “I was poetry that talked.” From around 1913 until Robert [...]

Edmund Burke’s Legal Erudition and Practical Politics: Ireland and the American Revolution

By |2014-04-25T07:35:23-05:00August 22nd, 2013|Categories: Edmund Burke, Peter Stanlis, Political Philosophy|Tags: |

I. Burke’s Legal Erudition Edmund Burke (1729–1797), was born and grew up in Dublin, Ireland, and even before he graduated from Trinity College in 1749, his father, Richard Burke, registered him as a student of law in the Middle Temple in London. At age twenty-one, in 1750, Burke went to London to study law. At [...]

America Is Hard to See: The American Republic

By |2014-01-18T16:15:06-06:00August 1st, 2012|Categories: Books, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Peter Stanlis|Tags: |

The American Republic: Its Constitution, Tendencies, and Destiny, by Orestes A. Brownson, [ISI 2002] It is always a great intellectual experience to examine the operations of a powerful, intuitive, and penetrating mind at work upon the perennial public concerns of civilized humanity. The experience takes on significant additional dimensions when such a mind brings to bear upon [...]

The War on Conservatism

By |2016-11-26T09:52:16-06:00May 3rd, 2012|Categories: Conservatism, Peter Stanlis, Quotation, Russell Kirk|

The philosophical roots of modern political conservatism extend back over many generations through Burke and the natural law to the Middle Ages and classical antiquity. This meant that in every historical epoch in Western civil society there have always been some conservatives. Over the next three decades Russell [Kirk] and I found that this fact [...]

Rehabilitating Robert Frost: The Unity of his Literary, Cultural, and Political Thought

By |2016-07-26T15:43:43-05:00April 2nd, 2012|Categories: Books, Featured, Peter Stanlis, Robert Frost|Tags: |

Robert Frost William H. Pritchard’s book, Frost: A Literary Life Reconsidered (New York: Oxford University Press, 1984), is an important milestone in scholarship and criticism of Robert Frost—as a man and a poet—and provides a good occasion for a retrospective assessment of Frost’s life and his enduring literary, cultural, and political significance to [...]

The Legacies of Edmund Burke and Robert Frost

By |2015-04-25T23:44:30-05:00March 4th, 2012|Categories: Books, Edmund Burke, Featured, Peter Stanlis, Robert Frost|Tags: , |

James E. Person, Jr. interviews Peter J. Stanlis Peter Stanlis’s groundbreaking work, Edmund Burke and the Natural Law (1958), forever changed the way scholars view Burke’s work. Mr. Stanlis (1919-2011) placed Burke firmly in the tradition of Western natural law reasoning. Mr. Stanlis has also published a number of essays and articles on Frost, including Robert Frost: [...]

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