About Stanley Parry

Rev. Stanley J. Parry (1918–1972) was a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross and Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. In the early 1960s, Rev. Parry left Notre Dame to work closely with William Baroody at the American Enterprise Institute as one of Baroody’s principal advisors.

The Faces of Freedom

By |2019-09-19T13:49:25-05:00July 24th, 2018|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Freedom, Liberty|

The suspicion that Frank S. Meyer’s “autonomous” individuals are not only abstractions but meaningless abstractions grows when we consider his conception of freedom… In Defense of Freedom: A Conservative Credo by Frank S. Meyer (179 pages, Regnery, 1962) In this book, Frank Meyer proposes to give us “a conservative criterion for a good society, a good [...]

The Crisis of Human Order

By |2020-01-14T11:42:47-06:00September 19th, 2016|Categories: Civilization, Economics, History, Social Order, Western Civilization|

Editor’s Note: This is the third and final essay in a series; the first essay may be found here; the second may be found here. Analyzed Partial Responses Two other responses to crisis can be identified: economic individualism and spiritual individualism. Here we can give only a simplified characterization of each position. For unlike the unanalyzed [...]

The Deep Anxiety Evoked by the Civilizational Crisis

By |2019-01-24T12:00:20-06:00September 12th, 2016|Categories: Civilization, History, Philosophy, Tradition, Western Civilization, Western Tradition|

Unanalyzed Responses Anxiety and deep insecurity are the characteristic responses evoked by the crisis in tradition. To experience them, it is not necessary for a people to be actively aware of what is happening to it. The proc­ess of erosion need only undermine the tra­dition and a series of consequences begin unfolding within the individual, while [...]

The Restoration of Tradition

By |2020-04-02T23:37:43-05:00September 5th, 2016|Categories: Civilization, Eric Voegelin, Philosophy, Tradition|

Civilization itself—tradition—falls out of existence when the human spirit itself be­comes confused. Civilization is what man has made of himself. Its massive contours are rooted in the simple need of man, since he is always incomplete, to complete him­self. The position this paper will attempt to illustrate, if not demonstrate, is that once lost or weakened [...]

The Restoration of Tradition

By |2019-06-27T11:40:10-05:00March 1st, 2013|Categories: Eric Voegelin, History, Tradition|Tags: |

A guide to the paths that remain open when “tradition falls out of existence.”  The position this paper will attempt to illustrate, if not demonstrate, is that once lost or weakened the tradition of a society can be restored only by a creative and even radical reconstruction of the tradition itself. The problem to which [...]

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