ACCORDING to Gregory the Great, it has not pleased Go to save men through logic. Richard Weaver would have assented to this, knowing as he did the nature of the average sensual man and the limits of pure rationality. Yet with a high logical power, Weaver undertook an intellectual defense of culture, and of order and justice and freedom. This book, published a year after Weaver's death, is the last in a series of three strong, slim volumes: Ideas Have Consequences, The Ethics of Rhetoric, and Visions of Order. They are united by Weaver's appeal to right reason on behalf of the great traditions of humanity.
Dying before his time, at the age of fifty-three, Richard Weaver had lived austerely and seriously all his days. A shy little bulldog of a man from the mountains of North Carolina, as a graduate student at Vanderbilt University he came to know the ideas of the Southern agrarians, by whom he was powerfully influenced ever after. In the College of the University of Chicago he labored for nearly two decades, at odds with the kind of intellectuality prevalent there and nearly everywhere else in modern America.