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George A. Panichas

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Excellence, which can be defined as the state of excelling and of surpassing merit, is now increasingly one of the lost words of the English language. And increasingly the special qualities that this word de­notes are banned in...

III www.hqpixs.blogspot.com In the presence of Sir William Bradshaw one finds one’s self in an intimidating and menacing milieu; he is the epitome of a world in which Septimus can find no meaning and in...

Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway portrays the acute physical and psychic effects, and the sundry ramifications of disenchantment in the post-1918 years. It shows in the most vivid and heartbreaking of ways how the experience...

The British writer, C.E. Montague (1867–1929) poignantly describes this debasing process in an acclaimed book that appeared in 1922, Disenchantment. To read Montague’s text regarding his own personal experiences in the war and how “handsome and...

II There is one novelist whose moral vision contains all worlds. He is our greatest novelist. I am speaking of Fyodor Dostoevsky, to whom I want now to turn our main atten­tion in the light of some...
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Sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper et in saecula saeculorum. I We not only read a novel, we enter into its created world. We identify a novelist by his world, that is,...
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Edmund Burke: A Genius Reconsidered by Russell Kirk (ISI Books, 2009, 2nd edition). Russell Kirk's book on Edmund Burke, first published in 1967, now revised and hand­somely re-issued, testifies not only
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Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to explore the true meaning of conservatism and how we should restore it. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll get knocked down by anything.”...
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Can a man of moral sensitivity function in a corrupt and derelict world? This is a major question that Joseph Conrad probes in Victory (1915) and that his main character, Axel Heyst, presumably a Swedish baron,...
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In the ancient world the perimeters of tragic vision and experience were clearly established and recognized. One could be quite clear as to the meaning of tragedy and the manifestations of tragic experience and tragic...
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Romano Guardini is sometimes referred to as a “Philosopher of the Christian World” whose lifelong task was that of “proclaiming the sacred in a modern world.” A world-famous Roman Catholic thinker and a prolific writer who was...
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George A. Panichas T. H. Pickett’s essay on “War, Power, and Supremacy” further develops the urgent need stressed in the preceding three issues of Modern...
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Lord Jim (1900), Joseph Conrad’s fourth novel, is the story of a ship which collides with “a floating derelict” and will doubtlessly “go down at any moment” during a “silent black squall.” The ship, old and...
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“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll get knocked down by anything.” —Anonymous It is now more than half a century since the publication of Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind, and during that time the word conservative has undergone diverse changes in meaning and...