Humanitas

Publication covering the humanities.

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 1, Spring

Ethical Individualism and Moral Collectivism in America
From Alexis de Tocqueville to Robert Bellah and Alan Wolfe, the many observers of the United States invariably call attention to its emphasis on individualism. In the popular culture of American television and movies, the autonomous individual stands...
From Democracy to Hyperdemocracy
Some years ago I began to notice that, during question periods following public speeches, otherwise rational human beings who were clearly arguing for opposing points of view were increasingly inclined to cite "democracy" in defence of their positions....
Irving Babbitt and Cultural Renewal
It is tempting to think of Irving Babbitt as a voice crying in the wilderness, a lonely prophet attempting the impossible task of reversing the course of history. Such a view of Babbitt has the bonus of imputing a special virtue to those few, like...
Jacob and Esau
I. The Birthright In Genesis, we are given a prophecy about the birth of Jacob and Esau that has echoed through the millennia: "Two nations are in thy womb, and two peoples shall be separated from thy bowels; And the one people shall be stronger...
Lost in Place? on the Virtues and Vices of Edward Casey's Anti-Modernism
1. Introductory 1.0 To raise the question of place today is to return to the issue of modernity. (1) While one can certainly imagine all sorts of reasons why philosophers have traditionally busied themselves with investigation of place and its cognates...
Morality and Virtue in Poetry and Philosophy: A Reading of Homer's Iliad XXIV
It is apt for Plato to describe the quarrel between poetry and philosophy as an 'ancient' one (Republic 607b). Art and poetry reflect on our humanity; so does philosophy. Perhaps the affinity between poetry and philosophy is most clearly seen in the...
Roosevelt's Failure at Yalta
For some time now I have been researching a political biography of former Vice President Henry A. Wallace and trying to understand why during his incumbency from 1940 on he adhered so closely to Soviet foreign policy ambitions. In seeking answers to...