Russell Kirk

Oh, He’s Just a Biographer

By |2014-01-04T22:01:03-05:00May 3rd, 2013|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, History|Tags: |

“In every age, society has been relieved only by the endeavors of a few people moved by the grace of God.”—Russell Kirk, Roots Of American Order (1974) As I approach my fifteenth year teaching history at Hillsdale, and my seventeenth (or so) year of teaching at the college level over all, I find myself [...]

Round Four: The Critics Against Russell Kirk’s 1953 Brilliance!

By |2014-01-09T11:13:16-05:00November 17th, 2011|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Conservatism, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Bernard Theall, OSB, “A Survey and Defense of Conservative Way,” Books on Trial 12 (November 1953): 59. “The is surely one of the most heartening and thought-provoking books to have appeared in recent years” “In an age of ‘statistical morality’ and of the apotheosis of democracy, and when Catholics are being urged, as a [...]

Round Two: Reactions to Kirk’s 1953 seminal work, THE CONSERVATIVE MIND

By |2014-01-09T11:50:56-05:00November 14th, 2011|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Conservatism, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|Tags: , , , , , |

  As I continue to read through and digest the contemporary reviews of The Conservative Mind, I find I keep noticing certain common themes: 1) Few knew what to make of Kirk’s romantic style, though most reviewers appreciated it; 2) Catholics seem to have liked Kirk the most, seeing in him a latent Romanist; and 3) [...]

Reviewing The Conservative Mind, Part I

By |2014-01-09T12:06:39-05:00November 13th, 2011|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Conservatism, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|Tags: , , , |

As some Imaginative Conservative readers know, I’ve the great privilege of working on a book on the endlessly fascinating Russell Kirk. At this point, I’ve written an introduction, three full chapters, and two partial chapters. I’ve written about 50,000 words, and I’m projecting a total word count for the completed project at roughly 120,000 words. The [...]

The Moral Imagination

By |2018-10-16T20:25:16-05:00November 10th, 2011|Categories: Moral Imagination, Quotation, RAK, Russell Kirk|Tags: , , , , , |

Russell Kirk The moral imagination is the principal possession that man does not share with the beasts. It is man’s power to perceive ethical truth, abiding law, in the seeming chaos of many events. Without the moral imagination, man would live merely day to day, or rather moment to moment, as dogs [...]

The Romance of Conservatism

By |2019-10-16T12:06:04-05:00October 31st, 2011|Categories: Christianity, Conservatism, G.K. Chesterton, Russell Kirk, Ted McAllister|Tags: , , , , , , |

In one of the great works of imagination, Orthodoxy, G. K. Chesterton declared that faith is romantic, that materialism is not only dull but produces a boredom that leads to madness. Humans are born romantics and they can never fulfill their better natures without cultivating an imagination that accepts and embraces mystery. The romantic lives [...]