Language

In Defense of Archaisms

By |2019-09-14T23:01:03-05:00September 14th, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Joseph Pearce, Language, Senior Contributors|

Archaisms renew the language; they are the means by which language is renovated and restored to its original splendor. It is the old things that make all things new. The “coming peril” was not Bolshevism, G.K. Chesterton said in 1927, only ten years after the Bolshevik Revolution, it was “standardization by a low standard.” For [...]

Unity in Difference: Language-Learning & God’s Kingdom

By |2019-08-10T22:07:13-05:00August 10th, 2019|Categories: Charity, Christianity, Culture, Education, Language, Literature|

Learning another language helps me to not only understand, but to better experience first-hand how another person thinks, feels, and interacts with the world; this creates the possibility for empathy, fellow-feeling, and ultimately, charity. Having taught high-school Spanish for the first time last fall, I have been wondering why it is that we teach [...]

Are We Apart From or A Part of Nature?

By |2019-08-19T08:16:37-05:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: George Stanciu, Intelligence, Language, Nature, Science, Senior Contributors|

Our capacity to grasp universals and natural laws sets us apart from the other animals, and, in that sense, we are apart from nature. Human beings in some mysterious way transcend space and time; through science, philosophy, and art, we rise above nature. We live in time, yet touch the timeless. Several years ago, [...]

The Madness of Jacques Derrida

By |2019-04-05T16:22:57-05:00April 1st, 2019|Categories: Books, Language, Philosophy|

In Of Grammatology, Jacques Derrida’s prose functions as a deadly siren call; he appeals to the contradictions of language, summoning the reader to see in his thought a new system of thought never before brought before man. Just as with the Homeric sirens, however, following Derrida’s thought leads to destruction. Of Grammatology, by Jacques Derrida [...]

Giving Good Things a Bad Name

By |2019-07-30T14:46:31-05:00January 27th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Donald Trump, History, Joseph Mussomeli, Language, Rhetoric|

President Trump has an uncanny knack for energizing his supporters and riling his adversaries, but to have a lasting positive impact on American society he will need to find a way to inspire a majority of the American people... Like most first-time visitors, I rambled as if in a trance through the temple complex at [...]

Grammar, Speech, Rhetoric & the Fate of Humanity

By |2019-08-15T14:31:44-05:00October 11th, 2018|Categories: Language, Philosophy, Time, Truth|

Could a fifty-year-old, small book on grammar, speech, and rhetoric by a nearly-forgotten thinker have the power to revolutionize and re-awaken our decadent intellectual life? Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy (1888-1973) might not recognize, in 2018, the America to which he came in 1933, seeking refuge from a Germany that had just elected [...]

Why Reality Ought to Shape Language

By |2018-07-07T00:59:17-05:00June 30th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Flannery O'Connor, Glenn Arbery, Language, Literature, Wyoming Catholic College|

Let reality shape language. Reality in this sense means what is actually the case, which includes what people actually think, not what they are supposed to think. It means an order in which God provides the very grounding of the real… On Sunday afternoon, 34 high school students arrived at Wyoming Catholic College for [...]

The Problem of Language and Our Schools

By |2018-10-25T23:06:38-05:00March 9th, 2018|Categories: Education, Featured, Language, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

The word “education” itself has become a political symbol co-opted by a secular government to mean career and college training for the sake of a mechanized society. A theoretical and conceptual recovery of the word “education” would be a return to the notion that an education is the transmission of culture and the way [...]

Studies in Words

By |2019-04-18T13:22:09-05:00March 8th, 2018|Categories: Books, C.S. Lewis, Language, Liberalism, Richard Weaver, The Imaginative Conservative|

Since the present meaning of a word is often vaguely swayed by past meanings which have dropped into the subconscious, a knowledge of particular semantic histories can increase our facility and sometimes save us from an inadvertent error… Studies in Words by C.S. Lewis (352 pages, Cambridge University Press, 1960) Anyone reading the literature of modern [...]

How Liberals Abuse Language

By |2019-02-28T11:47:34-05:00March 5th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Language, Liberal, Philosophy, Politics, Rhetoric, Timeless Essays|

As long as words are left undefined, their meanings are vague and are left up to the listener’s or reader’s imagination. Many on the left have manipulated language in this way… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Shannon Holzer as he explores the nature of a [...]

Language Touches Nothing But Language

By |2019-08-15T12:51:11-05:00February 28th, 2018|Categories: Language, Philosophy, Russell Kirk|

I have become convinced that language touches nothing but itself, that it never reaches beyond itself. But this is not the bad news that a lover of tradition or of Permanent Things might take it to be… I was recently asked to respond to the question, “What are the limits of language?”[1] That I was [...]

Finished in Beauty and Memories: The Poetry of Catharine Brosman

By |2019-03-21T10:44:56-05:00February 24th, 2018|Categories: Books, Imagination, Language, Literature, Poetry|

In their ego-centered quest for radical originality, too many contemporary poets fail to keep in mind what Catharine Brosman reminds us is the poet’s primary obligation in every age: “to say the oldest thing in the world as though it had never been said before”… A Memory of Manaus: Poems by Catharine Savage Brosman (102 [...]

Why Ladies and Gentlemen Are Forbidden on New York Trains

By |2018-05-14T12:16:52-05:00December 4th, 2017|Categories: Civil Society, Culture, Culture War, Featured, John Horvat, Language, Virtue|

The seemingly insignificant suppression of ladies and gentlemen on New York’s trains represents a giant step backward. It affirms that we need no longer behave like ladies and gentlemen, but rather like whatever we want to be, or happen to be, at the moment... Passengers, customers, or whatever you want to call them are welcome [...]