Irving Babbitt’s ON BEING CREATIVE (Full Book)

This was Babbitt’s last published book, ON BEING CREATIVE.  It came out in 1932, and he passed away in the summer of the following year.  As such, it reveals much about the great man’s last thoughts regarding a… Read More

Irving Babbitt, ON BEING CREATIVE (full)

Babbitt’s last work before he passed away, ON BEING CREATIVE.  A brilliant final look at humanism. babbitt-on-being-creative

Irving Babbitt, THE NEW LAOKOON (full book)

Irving Babbitt’s second published book, THE NEW LAOKOON: AN ESSAY ON THE CONFUSION OF THE ARTS (Boston, MA: Riverside Press, 1910). This is a gorgeous book on the meaning of art within the humanist mindset and discipline.  Enjoy…. Read More

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

Sewanee Review on Humanism, 1930

sewanee on humanism 1930

Russell Kirk on Irving Babbitt and Liberal Education

“We may define Babbitt’s humanism as the belief that man is a distinct being, government by laws peculiar to his nature: there is a law for man, and law for thing. Man stands higher than the beasts that… Read More

Remembering Irving Babbitt, 1936

Source: G.R. Elliott, “Irving Babbitt as I Knew Him,” AMERICAN REVIEW 8 (1936-1937): 36-60. gr elliott on babbitt

“Disraeli and Conservatism” by Paul Elmer More, 1915

Many regard this as Paul Elmer More’s most important essay.  Certainly, it is the article that inspired the “moral imagination” of Irving Babbitt, T.S. Eliot, Russell Kirk, and Winston Elliott. pem disraeli and conservatism Source: Paul Elmer More,… Read More

A “Revival of Humanism” by Paul Elmer More, 1930.

Originally published in March 1930, “A Revival of Humanism”–a fascinating critique of More’s best friend, Irving Babbitt, appeared in More, On Being Human (Princeton University Press, 1936), 1-24. PEM Revival of Humanism

Allen Tate, “The Fallacy of Humanism.”

Allen Tate, “The Fallacy of Humanism,” HOUND AND HORN 3: 234-258. tate fallacy of humanism