From the November/December, 1998 issue of Touchstone
Metaphysical Man by Patrick Henry Reardon

Metaphysical Man

Philosophy, Language & Richard Weaver

by Patrick Henry Reardon

In the spring of this year upwards of a hundred philosophers, jurists, literary artists, journalists, and scholars joined together at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Richard Weaver’s Ideas Have Consequences, the important little book that so convincingly chronicled the many moral and social evils attendant on the Western mind’s loss of metaphysics: radical materialism, the dominance of quantity over quality, greed and avarice, fragmentation and obsession, egotism in work and art, the abdication of hierarchical structure, sensuality, acquisitive violence, the . . .


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