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Russell KirkAmerican Conservative$
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Bradley J. Birzer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813166186

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813166186.001.0001

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A Christian Humanism

A Christian Humanism

(p.125) 4 A Christian Humanism
Russell Kirk

Bradley J. Birzer

University Press of Kentucky

After the success of The Conservative Mind, Kirk sought to promote something for the present and the future. Conservatism, he worried, offered an excellent critique of the past, but it possessed inherent limitations when it did more than criticism. The only real alternative, he thought, was a form of Christian humanism, an embrace of centuries of tradition that promoted the ethics of Socrates and the prudence of Burke. With his close friend Peter Stanlis, Kirk did all he could to revive humanist and Burkean thought. He also tellingly challenged the liberal and utilitarian traditions.

Keywords:   T. S. Eliot, Christian humanism, William F. Buckley, National Review, John Locke, Jeremy Bentham, Wilhelm Roepke, Friedrich Hayek, Peter Stanlis, Edmund Burke

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