Russell Kirk

Russell Kirk (1918-1994) was the author of some thirty-two books, hundreds of periodical essays, and many short stories. Both Time and Newsweek have described him as one of America’s leading thinkers, and The New York Times acknowledged the scale of his influence when in 1998 it wrote that Kirk’s 1953 book The Conservative Mind “gave American conservatives an identity and a genealogy and catalyzed the postwar movement.”
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In this video, Dr. Bradley Birzer of Hillsdale College discusses the humane tradition of the American founding and conservatism. We hope you will join us in The Imaginative Conservative community. The Imaginative Conservative is an on-line journal for those who seek the True, the Good and the Beautiful. We address culture,...

In the twentieth century it would be hard to find a better prose writer than Russell Amos Kirk. The competition is certainly stiff. Some of the best prose writing in the history of the English language...
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Defending tradition is a difficult task in an age that is predisposed to innovation and change. Yet that has been the challenge to conservatives in the modern...

Only a week or so before Henry Regnery published Russell Kirk’s first masterpiece, The Conservative Mind, Mr. Ray Bradbury, science fiction novelist, screenplay writer, and all-around wit, wrote and published a fascinating and insightful article,...
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In this video, Dr. Bradley Birzer of Hillsdale College brings his background as a Kirk biographer to bear on Kirk's magnum opus: The Conservative Mind. Dr. Christopher Hammons offered a lecture on the American intellectual heritage in The Conservative Mind at the same conference here. We hope...
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"Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?" — The First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians, v:3 Two hundred and two years after the foundation of this...
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In 1984, Russell Kirk penned an essay of almost prophetic accuracy, which soon thereafter appeared in the pages of Modern Age. This essay, The Age of Sentiments, suggests that the world was...

Speaking about The Conservative Mind on the book's sixtieth anniversary, Gleaves Whitney explains why Russell Kirk chose Edmund Burke as his book's central figure. Kirk believed that Burke understood the fragility of civilization and knew that free peoples will have both parties of innovation and conservation. How our culture appropriately...
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The Conservative Mind's author taught generations to re-enchant the world. As an undergraduate, my first encounters with Professor Jeff Hart and The Dartmouth Review eventually led to my discovery of the works of Russell Kirk. Like William...
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To speak of American conservative action...may seem a contradiction in terms. The instinct of the conservative, as Lord Hailsham observes, is to enjoy life as he finds it, not to mold society nearer to his heart’s desire; nor...
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In this lecture, Dr. Christopher Hammons of Houston Baptist University addresses the way in which The Conservative Mind traces “a long train of conservative intellectuals contribute to the progress of the human condition despite” the liberalism of the...
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Clocks and spirals and quotations in forgotten alphabets whirl through animated outer space until a door appears. The eerie old theme music fades to Russell Kirk’s voice: "You unlock this door with the...
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Our civilized world is passing out of one age and into another epoch. The age that is passing has been called the Age of Discussion. The age that we are entering I call the...

Now that Thanksgiving is over and Advent is upon us, the last of the leaves are falling from the trees here in Scotland and the hours of daylight are dwindling. Looking back on my first semester...