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The Structure of Political Thought: A Study in the History of Political Ideas

The Structure of Political Thought: A Study in the History of Political Ideas

1st Edition

Charles N. R. McCoy
December 30, 2016

Originally published in 1963, this classic book is a rethinking of the history of Western political philosophy. Charles N. R. McCoy contrasts classical-medieval principles against the "hypotheses" at the root of modern liberalism and modern conservativism.In Part I, "The Classical Christian...

The Metaphysics of Love

The Metaphysics of Love

1st Edition

Frederick D. Wilhelmsen
October 30, 2015

The Metaphysics of Love develops the existential metaphysics of St. Thomas Aquinas, applying it to explore the ontological structure of the human person. Published first in 1962, this book demonstrates the fertility of Thomistic metaphysics and the enduring influence of Thomism on Western...

Being and Knowing: Reflections of a Thomist

Being and Knowing: Reflections of a Thomist

1st Edition

Frederick D. Wilhelmsen
October 30, 2015

Frederick D. Wilhelmsen's Being and Knowing, rooted in the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, rests on two basic assertions: first, metaphysics is the science of being in its first and ultimate act, existence (the act by which all things manifest themselves); second, that existence is known not...

The Paradoxical Structure of Existence

The Paradoxical Structure of Existence

1st Edition

Frederick D. Wilhelmsen
July 30, 2015

For metaphysicians who have imbibed the sober and inebriating teachings of Thomas Aquinas, existence is an act, the act which makes all things actually to be. As the act of existence makes things to be, essence makes them to be what they are. Essence and the act of existence, in other words, are...

Collected Letters of John Randolph of Roanoke to Dr. John Brockenbrough: 1812-1833

Collected Letters of John Randolph of Roanoke to Dr. John Brockenbrough: 1812-1833

1st Edition

Russell Kirk, Kenneth Shorey
July 30, 2015

This volume presents a complete collection of correspondence between John Randolph of Roanoke, Virginia, and his close friend Dr. John Brockenbrough, a Richmond physician. Randolph was an eloquent man, the most talented extemporaneous speaker of the House of Representatives in his day and often...

On Divorce

On Divorce

1st Edition

Louis de Bonald
March 15, 2013

On Divorce is an anti-divorce treatise by Louis de Bonald, originally published in 1801 in response to the institution of divorce in France in the aftermath of the French Revolution. Examining the social structures of Christians, Jews, Asians, Greeks, and Romans, On Divorce links a theory of the...

The Vision of Richard Weaver

The Vision of Richard Weaver

1st Edition

Joseph A. Scotchie
September 30, 1995

Character & Culture: Essays on East and West

Character & Culture: Essays on East and West

1st Edition

Irving Babbitt
January 30, 1995

Character and Culture by Irving Babbitt is the latest volume in the Library of Conservative Thought. Babbitt was the leader of the twentieth-century intellectual and cultural movement called American Humanism or the New Humanism. More than half a century after his death his intellectual staying...

The Jewish East Side: 1881-1924

The Jewish East Side: 1881-1924

2nd Edition

Arthur N. Wiens
January 30, 1995

This book, originally published as The Old East Side, is a collection of literature and documents ranging from the autobiography of the sculptor Jacob Epstein and the novels of Abraham Cahan to the reporting of William Dean Howells and the fictional reconstruction of a vanished world by Henry Roth....

The Moral Foundations of Civil Society

The Moral Foundations of Civil Society

2nd Edition

William F. Campbell
January 30, 1995

Wilhelm Roepke may have been the soundest economist of the twentieth century. He understood the limitations as well as the strengths of his discipline. Economists are often tempted to take the easy way out, by denying reality to aspects of human existence and reducing them to arbitrary and...

The Foundations of Political Science

The Foundations of Political Science

1st Edition

John W. Burgess
December 31, 1994

John W. Burgess was one of the indisputable founders of the discipline of political science in the United States. Two crucial influences on the development of Burgess's political thought were the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War. His interest in these historical events, which he saw...

Tensions of Order and Freedom: Catholic Political Thought, 1789-1848

Tensions of Order and Freedom: Catholic Political Thought, 1789-1848

1st Edition

B Menczer
February 28, 1994

A selection of the writings of Catholic scholars who attempted to reconcile the traditional European order with the demand for increased freedom during the revolutionary period. Writers include Joseph de Maistre, HonorT de Balzac, and Juan Donoso CortTs. Originally published in 1952 as Catholic Poli...

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