Originally published in 1948, at the height of postWorld 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. Richard Weaver introduces Ideas Have Consequences (1948) by explaining that at the root of the dissolution of the West is modern mans denial of universal truth and his progressive assumption that the most advanced point in time represents the point of highest development.
Enlightenment thought attacked transcendental truth via the battering rams of nominalism, empiricism Though written in the late 1940s, Ideas Have Consequences, by Richard M. Weaver, remains more relevant and prescient than ever. The work, grounded in political philosophy, theology, virtue, and history, presents a piercing assessment of modern culture.
I have not attempted though even in this limited respect to make this review comprehensive: Ideas Have Consequences is a dense book packed full of ideas. It is very possible that I will revisit this essay, possibly multiple times, to address this deficiency.
Ideas Have Consequences: Expanded Edition by Richard M. Weaver Originally published in 1948, at the height of postWorld 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. It lies in the right use of man's reason, in the renewed acceptance of an absolute reality, and in the recognition that ideaslike actionshave consequences.
What people are saying Write a review However, this book explained the reasoning behind those ideas and really opened my eyes to what I had been blindly believing before. Equality is a bad thing, democracy is harmful, and Ideas do have consequences no matter how innocent they seem. This was the book that gave fuel to my senior thesis. Yes, indeed, " ideas have [always consequences" ; Book ideas have consequences book should be read together with Russell Kirk's and Roger Scruton's books (all books)and many others which teach how to think properly.
A very good book for the centuries to come. Ideas Have Consequences is a philosophical work by Richard M. Weaver, published in 1948 by the University of Chicago Press. The book is largely a treatise on the harmful effects of nominalism on Western Civilization since this doctrine gained prominence in the Late Middle Ages, followed by a prescription of a course of action through which Weaver believes the West might be rescued from its Mar 05, 2010 " The past shows unvaryingly that when a people's freedom disappears, it goes not with a bang, but in silence amid the comfort of being cared for.