Visions of Order: The Cultural Crisis of Our Time

Visions of Order: The Cultural Crisis of Our Time

Visions of Order: The Cultural Crisis of Our Time

Visions of Order: The Cultural Crisis of Our Time

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On Thanksgiving Day, 1954, Richard Weaver wrote to Richard Cornuelle of the Volker Fund to request support for a proposed new book. After summarizing the arguments of his two earlier works -- Ideas Have Consequences, published in 1948 by the University of Chicago Press, and The Ethics of Rhetoric, published in 1953 by the Henry Regnery Company -- Weaver offered this description of the project:

I now feel that I want to attempt a third book which might, in a sense, complete the other two. It would bring together the problems of order, community, tradition, and expression in some more comprehensive view than either of the others, and I should hope that its analysis might go deeper. It is my feeling that no one has yet adequately exposed the forces of disintegration which threaten so much of modern life. Most social science surveys of the subject impress me as practically useless because they leave too much out of account and they are too timid. And while I would not presume to do the de-

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