The Academy of Philosophy & Letters

"Men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." – Edmund Burke

Member Publications

“Burke’s Defense of Natural Rights and the Limits of Political Power”

Bruce Frohnen, The University Bookman

“They’ve Got to Get Rid of Western Civ–They Have to”

Mark Bauerlein, James Martin Center for Academic Renewal

“Why Did Adam Smith Suggest a Labor Theory of Value?”

Bob Subrick and John Robinson, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization

“Stealing into Power by Opposition to Power”

Steven Samsom, The Market for Ideas, No. 26, Nov./Dec. 2020

BOOK: Nomocratic Pluralism: Plural Values, Negative Liberty, and the Rule of Law (Palgrave, 2020)

Kenneth McIntyre, Sam Houston State University

BOOK: CODA: American Politics, Personal Loss, and Recovery (En Route Books, 2020)

Dick Bishirjian

BOOK: The Battle of the Classics: How a Nineteenth-Century Debate Can Save the Humanities Today (Oxford University Press, 2020)

Eric Adler, University of Maryland

“The Un-Burkean Economic Policy of Edmund Burke”

Ralph E. Ancil, Studies in Burke and His Time (2020)

“How to Wake Up From Woke Ideology”

Gene Callahan, Modern Age, June 22, 2020

“A Response to Critics”

Bruce P. Frohnen, Humanitas, 2020

“Legal Conservatism and the Progressive Blame Game”

Jesse Merriam, Humanitas, 2020

“The Clear Flaws in Trump’s Mount Rushmore Speech”

Claes Ryn, The National Interest, July 9, 2020

“Black Americans and the Fourth—and Fifth—of July”

Mark Shiffman, Public Discourse, July 4, 2020

“A Philosophy for Our Age: Historicist Humanism”

Jay Schalin, The Imaginative Conservative, June 29, 2020

Critics of Enlightnment Rationalism [Book]

Ed. by Gene Callahan and Kenneth B. McIntyre, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020

“Beauty & Utility in Hawthorne’s ‘The Artist of the Beautiful’”

Stephen Greeley, The Imaginative Conservative, June 26, 2020

“Rethinking Association”

Bruce Frohnen, The University Bookman, June 21, 2020

The Historical Mind [Book]

Ed. by Ryan R. Holston and Justin D. Garrison, SUNY Press, 2020

Democracy and Imperialism: Irving Babbitt and Warlike Democracies [Book]

William S. Smith, University of Michigan Press, 2019

Conservative, Pluralist, Sociologist: Robert Nisbet’s Burke

Luke C. Sheahan, Studies in Burke and His Time, Vol. 28, 2019

“To Orchestrate a Renaissance”

Andrew Balio, Future Symphony Orchestra, April 17, 2017

“Wilmer Mills:  The Poet as Maker”

Steven Knepper, The University Bookman, Spring 2017

“A Challenge to the Progressive Ascendancy,” Book Review

 Steven Samson, Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, August 23, 2016

“Conservatism and Spiritual and Social Recovery”

Richard J. Bishirjian, Anamnesis, October 28, 2016

Review of Pierre Manent, Beyond Radical Secularism:  How France and the Christian West Should Respond to the Islamic Challenge

Gene Callahan, Voegelinview, August 26, 2016

“‘The Agony of Will’:  Political Morality in Robert Penn Warren’sAll the King’s Men

Justin D. Garrison, American Political Thought 5, no. 4

“The Political Importance of Glamour,” Book Review

Luke C. Sheahan, Anamnesis, October 7, 2016.

“The Trouble with Goodness”

James Matthew Wilson, Future Symphony Institute

“The Intellectual Kinship of Irving Babbitt and C. S. Lewis:
Will and Imagination in That Hideous Strength

Luke C. Sheahan, Humanitas, Volume XXIX, Nos. 1 and 2, 2016

“Conservative Pragmatism, Pragmatic Conservatism

William F. Byrne, Humanitas, Volume XXIX, Nos. 1 and 2, 2016

“Edmund Burke and the Economy of Fury”

Bradley J. Birzer, The Imaginative Conservative, December 28, 2016

“How the Cultural Marxists Failed by Winning”

Gene Callahan, The American Conservative, November 17, 2016

Foucault on Leadership:  the Leader as Subject

Nathan Harter, New York:  Routledge, 2016

“Carousel Man” and “Deer Rifle”

Steven Knepper, The American Journal of Poetry 2.

Political Activism Comes to the American Conservatory

Andrew Balio, The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, October 15, 2015

Confronting Nihilism: Towards a Political Theory of the Psalms

Lee Cheek, Sojourns in the Western Twilight, ed. Robert Sibley and Janice Reamo

Conservatives in Denial

Claes G. Ryn, The American Conservative, October 26, 2017

Concepts of Nature: Ancient and Modern 

R.J. Snell and Steven F. McGuire, eds., Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016

A Kirkian Renaissance

H. Lee Cheek, Jr., Library of Law and Liberty

The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy: How America’s Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest 

Walter McDougall, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016

Academic Freedom in the Age of Political Correctness

Jay Schalin, The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy

Is Liberal Democracy a ‘Must’?

Bruce P. Frohnen, Nomocracy in Politics

The Poverty of Antihistoricism

Ryan R. Holston, Modern Age

Trump Beats Clinton the Way He Beat Bush

Daniel McCarthy, The American Conservative

Renewal in the University: How Academic Centers Restore the Spirit of Inquiry

Jay Schalin, The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy

Answering Heidegger’s Challenge

James Matthew Wilson, Modern Age

The Existential Crisis of the American Music School

Andrew Balio, The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy

Damning Words: The Life and Religious Times of H.L. Mencken

Darryl G. Hart, W.B. Eerdmans, 2016

Subjectivity and Human Nature in Eric Voegelin’s Reading of Aristotle

Steven F. McGuire, Subjectivity: Ancient and Modern, eds. R.J. Snell and Steven F. McGuire

Shakespeare, Cervantes, and the Romance of the Real

R.V. Young, Modern Age

Christopher Lasch, Conservative?

Seth J. Bartee, The University Bookman

Race, Ethnicity, and Personal Identity in Thomistic Metaphysics

Robert A. Delfino, Proceedings of the Congreso Mundial Metafísica, (Italy, Fundación Fernando Rielo, October 2012)

Being ‘Other Cheeky’: Moral Hazard in the Thought of Stanley Hauerwas

Jeff Polet, Humanitas

Michael Oakeshott’s Metaphysics of Experience through the Lens of American Pragmatism

Seth Vannatta, Transactions of the Charles Sanders Peirce Society, pp. 581-604

Politics of the Person as the Politics of Being

David Walsh, University of Notre Dame Press, 2015

How Desperate Should We Be?

Claes G. Ryn, Humanitas

Decision Procedures, Moral Philosophy, and Despair:
The Response of Virtue Ethics and the Connoisseur

Kenneth B. McIntyre, Humanitas

Tradition, Principle, and the Rule of Law:
A Response to Claes Ryn

Bruce P. Frohnen, Humanitas

Political Morality Reconsidered:
A Rejoinder

Claes G. Ryn, Humanitas

Review: Getting Burke Right: A Review of Patriotism and Public Spirit by Ian Crowe

H. Lee Cheek, Anamnesis

Hamilton, Alexander (1755-1804)

Michael Federici, The Encyclopedia of Political Thought (John Wiley and Sons, Ltd., 2014), 1579-1589

Waivers, Federalism, and the Rule of Law

Bruce P. Frohnen, Perspectives on Political Science 45, no. 1 (Jan. 2016): 59-67

The Fortunes of Poetry in an Age of Unmaking

James Matthew Wilson, Wiseblood Books, 2015

Review: Hyper about Pluralism: A Review Essay

D.G. Hart,  Humanitas

Review: Faith over Love a Formula for Social Atomism

Chris Manion,  Humanitas

Fallout From Obama’s Order: Debating the Legality of Prosecutorial Discretion as a Presidential Power

Peter Haworth,  Nomocracy in Politics

Saving General Lee

Stephen Klugewicz,  The Imaginative Conservative

Making Places: The Cosmopolitan Temptation

Mark T. Mitchell,  in Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civil Life in Modern America, eds. Wilfred M. McClay and Ted V. McAllister (New York: Encounter Books, 2014)

Kirk’s Conservative Canons and the Case for Academic Freedom

Luke C. Sheahan,  Epistulae 19, March 26, 2015

Russell Kirk: American Conservative

Bradley J. Birzer,  The University Press of Kentucky

Mencken on Women: The Bad Boy of Baltimore Was a Sexual Counterrevolutionary

D.G. Hart,  The American Conservative

Aesthetic Origins: Peter Viereck and the Imaginative Sources of Politics, Foreword by Claes G. Ryn

Jay Patrick Starliper,  Transaction Publishers

John Paul II’s Letter to Artists and the Force of Beauty

James Matthew Wilson,  Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 18, no. 1 (Winter 2015)

Leo Strauss and the American Political Religion

Richard Bishirjian,  Modern Age

Thoreau the Anti-Nomocrat

Joshua Bowman, Nomocracy in Politics

Was World War I the Last Crusade?

Richard Gamble, The American Conservative

Cultural Contradictions of Scientism

Robert C. Koons, Modern Age

The Moral Path to Peace

Claes G. Ryn, The American Conservative

The Limits of Law

Bruce P. Frohnen, Modern Age

The Battle Hymn of the Republic and American Civil Religion

Richard Gamble, Modern Age

Two Concepts of Prejudice

Ryan R. Holston, History of Political Thought

Promised Land: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Founding Era

Walter McDougall, Modern Age

Eric Voegelin and Irving Babbitt

Claes G. Ryn, Voegelin View

Ancient Beauty, Modern Verse:  Romanticism and Classicism from Plato to T.S. Eliot and the New Formalism

James Matthew Wilson, Renascence

What is ‘Ethical Conservatism’?

Brian Patrick Mitchell • The American Conservative

Statesmanship and the Dangers of Civil Religion

Bruce Frohnen • The Imaginative Conservative

A Desperate Man

Claes G. Ryn, Athena Books, 672 pages

The Culture of Immodesty in American Life and Politics: The Modest Republic

Michael P. Federici, Richard M Gamble and Mark T Mitchell (Eds.), Palgrave Macmillan, 236 pages

An Empire of Ideals: The Chimeric Imagination of Ronald Reagan

Justin D. Garrison, Routledge, 252 pages

In Search of the City on a Hill:
The Making and Unmaking of an American Myth

Richard M. Gamble, Continuum, 224 pages

Debt and Sovereignty: The Lost Lessons

Brian P. Mitchell • Humanitas

The Political Philosophy of Alexander Hamilton

Michael P. Federici, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 304 pages

The Challenge Confronting Conservatives

Walter McDougall • Humanitas

How Conservatives Failed the Culture

Claes G. Ryn • Humanitas

Liberal Learning Confronts the Composition Despots

R.V. Young • The Intercollegiate Review

Christianity and the Cultivation of Global Citizens

Jeffrey Polet • Modern Age

Multiply Your Associations and be Free

Mark T. Mitchell • Front Porch Republic

From Civilization to Manipulation

Claes G. Ryn • Modern Age

Can the United States Do Grand Strategy?

Walter McDougall • The Telegram

Debacle: The Conservative Movement in Chapter Eleven

Claes G. Ryn • Humanitas

Leo Strauss and History

Claes G. Ryn • Humanitas

The Ideology of American Empire

Claes G. Ryn • Orbis

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