Biography and the Art of Being Human

A thought experiment: try to recreate everything you’ve done since you started reading this article. Every thought, every distraction, every movement, every feeling. Have you wanted some coffee? Have you thought about closing this page? Have you scratched that itch on… Read More

A Voegelin Primer

Over at The Imaginative Conservative, I had the great privilege of writing a three-part essay on one of the most important forgotten thinkers of the past century, Eric Voegelin. Here’s part I:


    A very kind and very detailed review of RUSSELL KIRK: AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE.  Thank you, Liberty Fund!

Dawson on Various Totalitarianisms, 1941

  In 1941, Dawson appraised the various fundamentalisms and totalitarianisms–from fascist to Puritan–of his day. cd on totalitarianism 1941

Commonweal on Babbitt and More, 1929

  A specifically Catholic examination of the New Humanism of Irving Babbitt and Paul Elmer More, 1929.  Enjoy. commonweal on new humanism 1929

Michael Novak Interviews Christopher Dawson, 1961

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One of Dawson’s little known and little-remembered pieces and one of his best.  TRADITION AND INHERITANCE was an attempt to write an autobiography from the standpoint of family rather than individual.  A beautiful idea, but it proved too… Read More

Interviews with Maritain, Gilson, and Dawson

Interesting United Nations book exploring various western religions.  Published in 1964. Interviews with Jacques Maritain, Etienne Gilson, and Christopher Dawson. interviews with maritain gilson dawson

Russell Kirk, “The Inhumane Businessman,” 1957

This is not only one of Kirk’s finest pieces overall, but it’s also arguably his best dealing with the issue of humanism.  Enjoy. Apologies for the poor formatting. rak inhumane businessman

Russell Kirk Biography Available for Pre Order

A number of you have very kindly asked about my forthcoming biography of Russell Kirk, founder of post-war American conservatism. I’m extremely happy to report: it’s now available for preorder! Here’s the link at And, here’s the… Read More

T.E. Hulme and Catholicism, 1948

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Sewanee Review on Humanism, 1930

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