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Ideas Have Consequences: Expanded Edition

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Ideas Have Consequences: Expanded Edition

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4/5 (60 valoraciones)
Longitud:
265 página
5 horas
Publicado:
Nov 4, 2013
ISBN:
9780226090238
Formato:
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Originally published in 1948, at the height of post–World 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 ideas—like actions—have 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 book’s writing and publication.
Publicado:
Nov 4, 2013
ISBN:
9780226090238
Formato:
Libro

Sobre el autor

Richard Malcolm Weaver, Jr. (1910-1963) was a scholar of history, political philosophy, and rhetoric. His books include Ideas Have Consequences, The Ethics of Rhetoric, and The Southern Tradition at Bay.

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  • (5/5)
    As meaningful, insightful and brilliant as it was in 1948. After experiencing a year of 2020 that saw a pandemic, lockdowns, social distancing, zooming, riots, media manipulation, bureaucratic mandates, the collapse of a reality tv celebrity president and other delights, Weaver’s essay feels more prophetic than ever.
  • (5/5)
    Of all the books I've read in my life, this one has radicalized my view of western culture and America in every way possible. Weaver's writing style is fervent and raging with the obvious intent of assisting the minds of his readers in the hopes true progress be made. This book has influenced my thinking profoundly, and I highly recommend that everyone, Americans in particular, spend the time to read and ponder the points Weaver makes.
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    For a long time I was looking to read this book. I received a lecture on it about twenty years ago and since then the motto "ideas have consequences" have influenced my worldview. It is an amazing book and deserve our reading!

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  • (1/5)
    This is, quite simply, a dreadful book to read. It's philosophical in nature; Weaver asserts a cause for the evils in society (back in the 40's or so), attempts to prove his assertion, and then offers a solution. It's full of terms and word meanings that are not common to those not already immersed in philosophy, and he makes no attempt to accommodate the new reader. And his solution doesn't really match his stated problem, so the book is even of questionable value. I really can't recommend it, except to those who are diehard fans of philosophy.