Dr. Weaver was Professor of English at the University of Chicago from 1945 until his death in 1963. The best known of his works are Ideas Have Consequences (University of Chicago Press, 1953), and The Ethics of Rhetoric (Regnery, 1953).

The Conservative Illusion

By |2017-02-25T11:44:44-06:00February 10th, 2017|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Richard Weaver, The Imaginative Conservative|

No informed person will deny that conservatism has been having a rough time for several decades. But to pass from the presence of conflict to a conclusion that control and discipline and order have no place in the world is to reverse the process by which political judgments should be arrived at… The Conservative [...]

The Tragic Education

By |2019-06-06T12:30:57-05:00June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Education, Quotation, Richard Weaver, Tragedy|

Perhaps there is nothing in the world as truly educative as tragedy. When you have known it, you’ve known the worst, and probably also you have had a glimpse of the mystery of things. And if this is so, we may infer that there is nothing which educates or matures a man or a [...]

The Conservatism of Willmoore Kendall

By |2016-07-11T16:03:30-05:00June 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 [...]

Richard Weaver’s Conservatism of Affirmation & Hope

By |2019-12-26T12:09:42-06:00May 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 |2019-12-26T11:38:21-06:00May 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 [...]

Education and the Individual

By |2016-05-28T10:15:41-05:00April 17th, 2016|Categories: Education, Featured, Liberal Learning, Richard Weaver, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Richard Weaver as he explores how a liberal education for individualism is an education for goodness. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher The greatest school that ever existed, it has been said, consisted of Socrates standing on a street corner with one or [...]

Restoring the Meaning of Conservatism

By |2019-06-06T18:33:15-05:00December 28th, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Essential, Featured, George A. Panichas, Irving Babbitt, Permanent Things, Richard Weaver, Russell Kirk, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to explore the true meaning of conservatism and how we should restore it. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher “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 [...]

Plato’s Pious Prophecy of Modern Man in The Euthyphro

By |2019-09-12T13:52:54-05:00March 12th, 2015|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Classics, G.K. Chesterton, Modernity, Plato, Richard Weaver|

Modernism is an ancient phenomenon. If prostitution is the world’s oldest profession, then modernism is the world’s oldest heresy. Modernism’s essential features were already understood long before the era of modernity. Plato reveals them in his dialogue The Euthyphro. The character of Euthyphro is a prototype of modern man. In the dialogue Euthyphro is [...]

Liberal Education Liberates

By |2015-05-27T13:22:36-05:00January 5th, 2015|Categories: Education, Featured, Liberal Learning, Richard Weaver|

Richard M. Weaver (1910–1963) was one of the leading thinkers of the post–World War II conservative intellectual movement. Best known for his landmark book Ideas Have Consequences, Weaver was a scholar and rhetorician who taught English at the University of Chicago for almost thirty years. Here he offers insights on the meaning and purpose [...]

A Humane Economy versus Economism

By |2019-07-18T12:11:09-05:00September 5th, 2014|Categories: Economics, Featured, Politics, Ralph Ancil, Richard Weaver, Wilhelm Roepke|

Introduction Contributing to the multi-faceted crisis Americans now face is the loss of those values and principles that are essential to a healthy economy. We could mention the incestuous relationships between business and politics, the avarice of large banking institutions, misguided Federal Reserve policy, the irrationality of Wall Street investors, and the Gordon Gekko [...]

Ideas Have Consequences

By |2014-06-30T00:39:33-05:00June 28th, 2014|Categories: Books, Neil Postman, Progressivism, Richard Weaver|

Richard Weaver introduces Ideas Have Consequences (1948) by explaining that at the root of “the dissolution of the West” is modern man’s denial of universal truth and his progressive assumption that “the most advanced point in time represents the point of highest development.” Enlightenment thought attacked transcendental truth via the battering rams of nominalism, [...]

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 [...]