Humanitas

Publication covering the humanities.

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 1-2, Spring-Fall

A Flawed Book on 'The Founders'
The Founders' Key: The Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution and What We Risk by Losing It, by Larry P. Arnn. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2012. 224 pp. $19.99. The Founders' Key by Larry Arnn, president of Hillsdale...
Building Bridges: The Importance of Johann Gottfried Herder's Humanism for the Humanities
Both the humanities and one of their primary foci, Humanism, have lost significance during the last three decades. In response to a number of pressures, the humanities have splintered into ever more specialized subdisciplines. Inside the academy the...
Conservatism and Conservation
How to Think Seriously about the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism, by Roger Scruton. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 464 pp. $29.95. The British philosopher Roger Scruton has emerged as one of a rare breed today: the prominent...
Innovative Conservation: An Unideo Logical Interpretation of the Constitution
It is essential that each new generation understand the meaning of the United States Constitution. As Aristotle wrote long ago, "It is useless to have the most beneficial laws, fully agreed upon by all who are members of the constitution, if they are...
Magnitudes: Leadership for Something Greater Than Yourself
I wonder about the presuppositions when voices are raised concerning the fragmentation of society and problems of disconnectedness. (1) At the heart of these concerns is a philosophical anthropology, i.e., one's beliefs about what it means to be human....
Power without Limits: The Allure of Political Idealism and the Crumbling of American Constitutionalism
For the framers of the U.S. Constitution no task seemed more important than to limit and tame power. The chief reason why they established a government of divided powers and checks and balances was their view of human nature, which was primarily Christian...
Radical Son: The Apprenticeship of John Stuart Mill
Few parents raise their children from infancy to assume a specific occupation or role in life. Fewer still raise them to be radical reformers. This, however, is precisely what James Mill did with his first-born child, John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)....
Sic Est in Republica: Utopian Ideology and the Misreading of Thomas More
In a book that ought to be better known, Utopia: The Perennial Heresy, Thomas Molnar comments on the community of all goods among the inhabitants of the imaginary island in St. Thomas More's Utopia: Each family brings to this central market the...
The New Jacobinism America as Revolutionary State
163 pages ISBN 9780932783042 * 815.00 This strongly and lucidly argued book gave early warning of a political-intellectual movement that was spreading in the universities, media, think-tanks, and foreign policy and national security establishment...
The 'Wayward Sisters' and Constitutional Interpretation
It has been said that every religious heresy proceeds from a misunderstanding of the nature of God. Something similar could be said about constitutional heresies. They proceed from a misunderstanding of the nature of the Union. From the time the conservative...
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