Ideas Have Consequences, Expanded Edition by Richard M. Weaver audiobook

Ideas Have Consequences, Expanded Edition

By Richard M. Weaver
Read by Frederick Davidson  and Derek Perkins

Blackstone Publishing 9780226090061
7.98 Hours Unabridged
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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 as one 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.

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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 as one 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Brilliantly written, daring, and radical…It will shock, and philosophical shock is the beginning of wisdom.” Paul Tillich, theologian and existentialist philosopher
“This deeply prophetic book not only launched the renaissance of political conservatism in this country, but in the process gave us an armory of insights into the diseases besetting the national community that is as timely today as when it first appeared. Ideas Have Consequences is one of the few authentic classics in the American political tradition.” Robert Nisbet, sociologist
“A historical, social, and moral examination of the modern world facing disorder and disintegration…A thoughtful, disturbed, and disturbing analysis, which cannot be taken lightly.” Kirkus Reviews
“First and foremost a book about the dissolution of the West…The prose exudes a wonderful anger. Not the defensive anger of the street fighter. Rather, the stuff of muses.” IntellectualConservative.com

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Author Bio: Richard M. Weaver

Author Bio: Richard M. Weaver

Richard M. Weaver (1910–1963) taught English at the University of Chicago and was a frequent contributor to Sewanee Review, Poetry, and Commonweal. He is also the author of The Ethics of Rhetoric, Rhetoric and Composition, and The Southern Tradition at Bay.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Philosophy
Runtime: 7.98
Audience: Adult
Language: English