H495 Reading List (Fall 2013)

A_Canticle_For_LebowitzAssigned books:  Christian Humanist Course, Fall 2013

T.S. Eliot, Complete Poems and Plays ISBN: 978-0151211852

C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength  ISBN: 978-0743234924

Walter Miller, Canticle for Leibowitz ISBN: 978-0060892999

G.K. Chesterton, Ballad of the White Horse ISBN: 978-0898708905

Eric Voegelin, New Science of Politics ISBN: 978-0226861142

Reader (which I’ll provide):

Table of Contents

Prologue: Owen Barfield, “Effective Approach to Social Change,” (1940)

Schools of Thought List


Albert Jay Nock, “Anarchist’s Progress,” (1927)

Albert Jay Nock, “The State,” (1923)

Ayn Rand, “Conservatism: An Obituary,” (1960)

F.A. Hayek, “The Results of Human Action but not of Human Design,” (1967)

Frank L. Owsley, “The Pillars of Agrarianism,” (1934)


Humanist Manifesto (1933)

Spaeth, “Conversation with Paul Elmer More,” (1943) T.S. Eliot, “The Humanism of Irving Babbitt,” (1936)

P.E. More, “A Revival of Humanism,” (1930)

Allen Tate, “The Fallacy of Humanism,” (1930)

T.S. Eliot, “Second Thoughts about Humanism,” (1929)

P.E. More/C.S. Lewis Correspondence (1934, 1935, 1941)

Austin Warren, “The ‘New Humanism’ Twenty Years After,” (1958/1959)

Christopher Dawson, “The End of an Age,” (1930)

C. Dawson, “The Dark Mirror,” (1930)

C. Dawson, “The Hour of Darkness,” (1939)

C. Dawson, “Christianity and the Humanist Tradition,” (1952)

Jacques Maritain, “Christian Humanism,” (1952)


T.S. Eliot, “Tradition and Individual Talent” (1919)

T.S. Eliot, “Poetry and Propaganda,” (1930)

T.S. Eliot, “Tradition and Orthodoxy,” (1934)

T.S. Eliot, “Catholicism and International Order,” (1936)

Russell Kirk, “Imagination Against Ideology,” (1980)


R. Kirk, “What is Academic Freedom?” (1956)

R. Kirk, “The Sp’iled Praist and the Stickit Minister,” (1957)

R. Kirk, “Literature, Anxiety, and Norms,” (1957)

R. Kirk, “Humane Letters and Modern Fragmentation,” (1962)

R. Kirk, “Liberal Learning, Moral Worth, and Defecated Rationality,” (1973)


R. Kirk, “The Revival of Fantasy,” (1968)

R. Kirk, “A Cautionary Note on the Ghostly Tale,” (1962)

Birzer, “Conservative Gothic,” (2005)

Walker Percy, “Rediscovering A Canticle for Leibowitz,” (1971)

Map, “Land of the Mare”

C.S. Lewis, “Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What’s to be Said,” (1956)


R. Kirk, “Regaining Historical Consciousness,” (1999)

Leo Strauss, “Three Waves of Modernity,” (1989)

Claes G. Ryn, “Defining Historicism,” (1998)

R. Kirk, “The Common Heritage of America and Europe,” (1960)

Ideologies, Left and Right

C. Dawson, “The Left-Right Fallacy” (1945)

R. Kirk, “Ideologues’ Folly,” (1963)

R. Kirk, “The Grim Significance of Ideology”

Mark Kalthoff, “Contra Ideology,” (2005)

M. Kalthoff, “Russell Kirk, C.P. Snow, and Sir Thomas Browne,” (2006)

R. Kirk, “Mill’s ‘On Liberty’ Reconsidered,” (1956)

R. Kirk, “The Dissolution of Liberalism,” (1955)

R. Kirk, “King Demos: The Meaning of Democracy,” (1955)

R. Kirk, “John Locke Reconsidered,” (1955)

R. Kirk, “An Ideologue of Liberty,” (1964)

Eric Voegelin

E. Voegelin, “Introduction to the ‘History of Political Ideas,’” (1940)

E. Voegelin, “The Origins of Totalitarianism,” (1953)

R. Kirk, several articles combined on Voegelin

Russell Kirk

Kirk on Private Judgment

“An Interview with Russell Kirk,” (1980)

Annette Kirk, “Life with Russell Kirk,” (1995)

Bradley J. Birzer, “Russell Kirk: Knight-Errant Against the Ideologues,” (2008)

R. Kirk, “The High Achievement of Christopher Dawson,” (1984)

R. Kirk, “Beyond the Dreams of Avarice,” (1950)

R. Kirk, “Social Justice and Mass Culture,” (1954)

R. Kirk, “Conservatives and Religious Faith,” (1962)

R. Kirk, “Religion in the Civil Social Order,” (1984)

R. Kirk, “Ideology and Political Economy,” (1957)

R. Kirk, “The Uninteresting Future,” (1960)

Kirk’s Critics

Rose Wilder Lane/Frank S. Meyer Correspondence (1953, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1960)

F. Meyer, “Collectivism Rebaptized,” (1955)
Harry Jaffa, “The False Prophets of American Conservatism”

Charles Kesler, “All American? Conservatism Needs to Become More Thoroughly American,” (1998)

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