6/13/2019

Russel Kirk's Forgotten “Intelligent Citizen's Guide to Conservatism”

"After that meeting, as well as his growing interest in Catholicism, Kirk decided that his future rested upon his own understanding and exploration of Christian Humanism. Much as The Conservative Mind had followed a train of thought, he hoped to write a prequel to it: The Age of Humanism. It would consider the entire history of humanism from the pre-Socratics through T.S. Eliot, connecting the Stoics to the Medievals as well as to the Christian Humanists of the Renaissance. Just as Kirk had connected Burke to Adams, Hawthorne, Calhoun, and others in 1953’s The Conservative Mind, the next book would define the intellectual, moral, and ethical lineage of Heraclitus and Socrates, tying them to Zeno, Cicero, Marcus Aurelius, St. Augustine, Petrarch, and Sir Thomas More."