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Essay 9 November 2011
book cover Fortunate Friendships
Timothy S. Goeglein
In this excerpt from his new memoir, The Man in the Middle, Tim Goeglein discusses the profound influence on his life of the thought and friendship of Russell Kirk.
Essay 6 November 2011
book cover Santayana’s Standing
James Seaton
In this response to David Dilworth's review of his edition of two books by Santayana, James Seaton argues that Santayana was attacking the self-contradictions of the political correctness of his day.
Best of the Bookman 6 November 2011
The Youthful Writings of Russell Kirk
Matthew Davis
In this article from our memorial issue, one of Russell Kirk’s assistants reviews his juvenalia and points out continuities with his mature work.
Review 30 October 2011
book cover An Everlasting Man of Letters
Adam Schwartz
G. K. Chesterton: A Biography by Ian Ker (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), xiv + 747 pp., $65.00 cloth
Best of the Bookman 30 October 2011
Mr. Conservative
Frederick D. Wilhelmsen
In this excerpt from our memorial issue, the legendary professor of philosophy from the University of Dallas offers an homage to his friend Russell Kirk.
Review 23 October 2011
book cover Revisionist History at Its Best
Francis P. Sempa
Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Frederick Kempe. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2011. 579pp, $29.95.
Best of the Bookman 23 October 2011
Death of a Giant
William A. Rusher
Another tribute to Dr. Kirk from our memorial issue. The former publisher of National Review explains the difference between conservatism and “classical liberalism” and Kirk’s irreplaceable role in intellectual history.
Review 16 October 2011
book cover Why the Union Soldiers Fought
Allen Mendenhall
The Union War by Gary W. Gallagher (Harvard University Press, 2011), 256 pages, $28.
Best of the Bookman 16 October 2011
An Augustine for Our Age
Jeffrey O. Nelson
A memorial to Russell Kirk from our 1994 tribute edition, from one of Dr. Kirk's personal assistants.
Review 9 October 2011
book cover Books in Little
David G. Bonagura, Jr.
Short reviews of books from Matthew McGowan, Carl J. Richard, Benedict XVI, and John Haught.
Best of the Bookman 9 October 2011
Russell Kirk: An Appreciation
Andrew Shaughnessy
Another essay from our 1994 memorial issue. Human nature, as Kirk reminded us, is a constant.
Editorial 2 October 2011
Editor’s Note: Moving Briskly
Review 2 October 2011
book cover On Education, a Liberal that Liberals Shun
James Green
The Making of Americans: Democracy and Our Schools by E. D. Hirsch, Jr. Yale University Press (New Haven, CT), 261 pp., $17 paper, 2009
Best of the Bookman 2 October 2011
Knight of Truth
Gerhart Niemeyer
A eulogy for Russell Kirk.

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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 do. It is the strange faculty—inexplicable if men are assumed to have an animal nature only—of discerning greatness, justice, and order, beyond the bars of appetite and self-interest.

Russell Kirk, Enemies of the Permanent Things, 1969

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