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Originally published in 1948, at the height of post–World War II optimism and confidence in collective security, Ideas Have Consequences uses “words hard as cannonballs” to present an unsparing diagnosis of the ills of the modern age. Widely read and debated at the time of its first publication,the book is now seen asone of the foundational texts of the modern conservative movement.

In its pages, Richard M. Weaver argues that the decline of Western civilization resulted from the rising acceptance of relativism over absolute reality. In spite of increased knowledge, this retreat from the realist intellectual tradition has weakened the Western capacity to reason, with catastrophic consequences for social order and individual rights. But Weaver also offers a realistic remedy. These difficulties are the product not of necessity, but of intelligent choice. And, today, as decades ago, the remedy lies in the renewed acceptance of absolute reality and the recognition that ideas—like actions—have consequences.

This expanded edition of the classic work contains a foreword by New Criterion editor Roger Kimball that offers insight into the rich intellectual and historical contexts of Weaver and his work and an afterword by Ted J. Smith III that relates the remarkable story of the book’s writing and publication.

Synopsis:

In what has become a classic work, Richard M. Weaver unsparingly diagnoses the ills of our age and offers a realistic remedy. He asserts that the world is intelligible, and that man is free. The catastrophes of our age are the product not of necessity but of unintelligent choice. A cure, he submits, is possible. It lies in the right use of man's reason, in the renewed acceptance of an absolute reality, and in the recognition that ideas--like actions--have consequences.

Synopsis:

In what has become a classic work, Richard M. Weaver unsparingly diagnoses the ills of our age and offers a realistic remedy. He asserts that the world is intelligible, and that man is free. The catastrophes of our age are the product not of necessity but of unintelligent choice. A cure, he submits, is possible. It lies in the right use of man's reason, in the renewed acceptance of an absolute reality, and in the recognition that ideas—like actions—have consequences.

About the Author

Richard M. Weaver (1910–63) was an American scholar, revered twentieth-century conservative, and professor of English and rhetoric at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books, including The Ethics of Rhetoric and Visions of Order: The Cultural Crisis of Our Time.

Table of Contents

Introduction

I. The Unsentimental Sentiment

II. Distinction and Hierarchy

III. Fragmentation and Obsession

IV. Egotism in Work and Art

V. The Great Stereopticon

VI. The Spoiled-Child Psychology

VII. The Last Metaphysical Right

VIII. The Power of the Word

IX. Piety and Justice

Acknowledgements

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226876801
Subtitle:
Expanded Edition
Author:
Weaver, Richard M.
Author:
Smith, Ted J.
Author:
Kimball, Roger
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Civilization -- Philosophy.
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
Political
Copyright:
Edition Number:
paperback ed., 1984
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
t. 2 (22), ch. 3
Publication Date:
20131104
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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"Synopsis" by , In what has become a classic work, Richard M. Weaver unsparingly diagnoses the ills of our age and offers a realistic remedy. He asserts that the world is intelligible, and that man is free. The catastrophes of our age are the product not of necessity but of unintelligent choice. A cure, he submits, is possible. It lies in the right use of man's reason, in the renewed acceptance of an absolute reality, and in the recognition that ideas--like actions--have consequences.
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In what has become a classic work, Richard M. Weaver unsparingly diagnoses the ills of our age and offers a realistic remedy. He asserts that the world is intelligible, and that man is free. The catastrophes of our age are the product not of necessity but of unintelligent choice. A cure, he submits, is possible. It lies in the right use of man's reason, in the renewed acceptance of an absolute reality, and in the recognition that ideas—like actions—have consequences.
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