ANAMNESIS

A Journal for the Study of Tradition, Place, and ‘Things Divine’

“But that wisdom which I have stated to be the chief, is the knowledge of things divine and human, which comprehends the fellowship of gods and men, and their society within themselves.”—Marcus Tullius Cicero

Online Essays


The Augustus Option: A Reflection

There has been much talk in the blogosphere lately about the “Benedict Option.” Under the name of this phrase—itself originating with Alasdair MacIntyre—Rod Dreher explores the possibility of “communal withdrawal from the...

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Privileges, Responsibilities and Higher Education

We conservatives are and should be suspicious of the modern distinction between rights and duties. Both words seem too modern, too abstract, too detached from the realities of a particular person living in a particular time and place. The...

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Thomas More on the Perils of Modern Mobility

There is a telling moment early in Thomas More’s Utopia when the traveler Raphael Hythloday—who will soon claim to have visited the Island of Utopia—recounts meeting a group of foreign sailors and teaching them how to use a compass....

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Is History an Upward Progression?

In 1848, English historian Thomas Babington Macaulay, writing of English history since the Glorious Revolution of 1688, confidently proclaimed English history was “eminently the history physical, of moral, and of intellectual...

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Fathers and Sons: The Principle of Love in Turgenev’s Liberalism

by Lee Trepanier The importance of place is often neglected by liberal theorists, with the assumption that liberal ideas are understood and articulated in the same manner from one society to another.[2] But as much as ideas shape a...

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The Print Edition Also Includes:

Tradition and the Experience of Citizenship: Political Hermeneutics in Hans-Georg Gadamer, John Dewey, and Hannah Arendt
Hans-Jörg Sigwart

Friendship and Politics in No Country for Old Men, Gran Torino, and Up
Jerome C. Foss

Harry Jaffa’s Egalitarian Natural Law
Geoffrey M. Vaughan

Michael Oakeshott’s Democratic Voice, A Review Essay of Michael Minch’s The Democratic Theory of Michael Oakeshott
Luke Philip Plotica

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