Best of the Bookman 7 August 2011
Universities: American, European, Third World
In this 1981 installment from our archives, the late historian Thomas Molnar assesses the state of the modern university. Don’t be misled by the innocuous title: Molnar looks at institutions around the world to illustrate his argument that modern education is now wholly separated from true scholarship.
Essay 31 July 2011
Peter J. Stanlis (1920–2011)
Farewell to a great friend, Burke scholar, and one of the most influential American men of letters in the twentieth century.
Best of the Bookman 31 July 2011
Robert Nisbet and the Idea of Community
This “Best of the Bookman” essay from 1978 discusses Robert Nisbet's understanding of community and in particular his reading of the great sociologists on the subject of the severe and even pathological isolation of the individual in modern society.
Review 24 July 2011
What was the Enlightenment?
A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy by Jonathan Israel (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010). Pages xiv, 276.
Best of the Bookman 24 July 2011
The Oracle of the South
The Essential Calhoun: Selections from Writings, Speeches, and Letters. Edited with an Introduction by Clyde Wilson. Foreword by Russell Kirk. Transaction Publishers (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903), 436 pp., $32.95.
Review 17 July 2011
What’s the Supreme Court Supposed to Do?
The Supreme Court and the American Elite, 1789–2008 by Lucas A Powe, Jr. Harvard University Press (Cambridge and London), 432 pages, paper $19.95, 2011.
Best of the Bookman 17 July 2011
A Conservative Scholar’s Wisdom
The Case For Conservatism, by Francis Graham Wilson, with a new introduction by Russell Kirk. Transaction Publishers (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903), 74 pp., $21.95, cloth.
Editorial 11 July 2011
- Editor’s Note: Pressing On
Essay 10 July 2011
Otto von Habsburg (20 November 1912–4 July 2011)
A eulogy for one of the great defenders of Christian Europe. May he rest in peace.
Review 10 July 2011
Individual and Community—and God
The Difference God Makes: A Catholic Vision of Faith, Communion, and Culture by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 2009.
Best of the Bookman 10 July 2011
Habit and Being in Burke
This classic essay from 1963 introduces an important theme in the political thought of Edmund Burke. We need to cultivate habit because habit performs complex tasks with greater ease than does the conscious reason.
Review 3 July 2011
Ancient Virtues in a Postmodern World
Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Twenty-First Century by Howard Gardner. Basic Books, 2011, 244 pp., $26.
Best of the Bookman 3 July 2011
The Rescue of Culture
The Intemperate Professor, and Other Cultural Splenetics by Russell Kirk. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1965 [revised edition: Sherwood Sugden & Co., 1988]. 163 pp.
On Essays and Letters 26 June 2011
Memories of Johnson
Father Schall reflects on a collection of the writings and sayings—and conversations of Samuel Johnson. He suggests that “truth ultimately exists in conversation, not in books.”
A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.
Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France
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