The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot
The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk is arguably one of the greatest contributions to twentieth-century American Conservatism.
Brilliant in every respect, from its conception to its choice of significant figures representing the history of intellectual conservatism, The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk launched the modern American Conservative Movement.
The result has also convinced me (in a manner that I have never been able to understand as clearly before) that one of the primary intellectual characteristics of traditiona ...more
The Conservative Mind is a chronicle of the great conservative thinkers of history, starting with Edmund Burke and Joh ...more
The profundity of this book, and its subjec ...more
Although I had gathered before now that a gigantic chasm exists between the old world of Christendom and the new world of Modernity, the realization is refreshed and sharpened with almost every book I read now. This particular book helped that realization coalesce into concrete principl ...more
This history of conservative thought and those who advanced it is such a good read and so informative. I am rather embarrassed by how little I knew of this history. This book is such a balm considering what passes for conservatism now. We have lost or ignored first principles and think policy decisions is a replacement for it. I was especially g ...more
That's why I checked out _The Conservative Mind_ on audiobook. I knew vaguely about Burke's "Notes on the Revolution in France." A book that promised to trace his influence down to the 1950s seemed irresistible.
For the first 100 years of his study, Kirk relies on familiar writers t ...more
Some may like it more and I think the most interesting thing about it (aside pieces on Newman and Tocqueville) is to look at this as a history of falilures of conservatism in both theory and practice, as it was, just like this book, mainly rethorical, rejecting any who examine it (and not necessarily the conclusions, but the path by which they are reached).
While they often championed Plato and Aristotle, all prote ...more
I'd recommend this to anyone that's ...more
Kirk with others in the early post-war period re-established the thinking man's republicanism solidly on the shoulders of Edmund Burke in Britain as well as Hamilton or Adams in the States.
The entire sweep of Western intellectual history is contextualized in a manner that impressed the readership of the New York Times while earning the highest accolades of the conservative moveme ...more
It doesn't take more than ten or twe ...more
This book lives this principle. Kirk is at his best when he is battling "revolution" and appealing to the permanent things. He does very well at advocating a careful discipline that unfolds liberalism at its roots. He does poorly when he allows his conservatism to pin him into conserving the wrong things.
The sections on Burke and Eliot ar ...more
It's brilliant writing, and better thinking. Kirk analyzes the writing and thought of prominent (and sometimes not ...more