Ideas Have Consequences: Expanded Edition

By | March 22, 2018
Ideas Have Consequences: Expanded Edition Author Richard M. Weaver
ISBN-10 022609006X
ISBN-13 9780226090061
Year 2013-11-04
Pages 224
Language English
Publisher University Of Chicago Press
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Originally published in 1948 at the height of postWorld War II optimism and confidence in collective security Ideas Have Consequences uses words hard as cannonballs to present an unsparing diagnosis of the ills of the modern age Widely read and debated at the time of its first publication the book is now seen asone of the foundational texts of the modern conservative movement In its pages Richard M Weaver argues that the decline of Western civilization resulted from the rising acceptance of relativism over absolute reality In spite of increased knowledge this retreat from the realist intellectual tradition has weakened the Western capacity to reason with catastrophic consequences for social order and individual rights But Weaver also offers a realistic remedy These difficulties are the product not of necessity but of intelligent choice And today as decades ago the remedy lies in the renewed acceptance of absolute reality and the recognition that ideaslike actionshave consequences This expanded edition of the classic work contains a foreword by New Criterion editor Roger Kimball that offers insight into the rich intellectual and historical contexts of Weaver and his work and an afterword by Ted J Smith III that relates the remarkable story of the books writing and publication

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