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Richard Weaver

Richard Weaver
Dr. Weaver was Professor of English at the University of Chicago from 1945 until his death in 1963. The best known of his works are Ideas Have Consequences, The Ethics of Rhetoric, and In Defense of Tradition.
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Liberalism is the refuge favored by intellectual cowardice, because the essence of the liberal's position is that he has no position... There is a saying by William Butler Yeats that a man begins to understand the world by studying...

The ideal of the human under the aegis of something higher provides the strongest counter-pressure against the fragmentation and barbarization of our world... Editorial Note: The essay has been edited from an untitled, undated transcript of a lecture which Richard Weaver delivered to a meeting of the Newman...
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Responsible rhetoric is a rhetoric responsible primarily to the truth. It measures the degree of validity in a statement, and it is aware of the sources of controlling that it employs... Editorial Note: The text of "A Responsible Rhetoric" is taken from a transcription of a tape recording...
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Looking at the whole of the South’s promise and achieve­ment, I would be unwilling to say that it offers a foundation, or, because of some accidents of history, even an example. The most that it offers is a challenge...
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No informed person will deny that conservatism has been having a rough time for several decades. But to pass from the presence of conflict to a conclusion that control and discipline and order have no place in the world is to reverse the process by which political...
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Perhaps there is nothing in the world as truly educative as tragedy. When you have known it, you've known the worst, and probably also you have had a glimpse of the mystery...
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Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Richard Weaver as he explores how a liberal education for individualism is an education for goodness. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher The greatest...
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Richard M. Weaver (1910–1963) was one of the leading thinkers of the post–World War II conservative intellectual movement. Best known for his landmark book Ideas Have Consequences, Weaver was a scholar and rhetorician who taught English...

"It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it." --Robert E. Lee If we examine Lee first upon the art at which he surpassed, we...
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Richard Weaver Like Macbeth, Western man made an evil decision, which has become the efficient and final cause of other evil decisions. Have we forgotten our encounter with the witches on the heath? It occurred...

The greatest school that ever existed, it has been said, consisted of Socrates standing on a street corner with one or two interlocutors. If this remark strikes the aver­age American as merely a bit of...