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Irving Babbitt was an American academic and literary critic, noted for his founding role in a movement that became known as the New Humanism, a significant influence on literary discussion and conservative thought in the period between 1910 and 1930. He was a cultural critic in the tradition of Matthew Arnold and a consistent opponent of romanticism, as represented by the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Politically he can, without serious distortion, be called a follower of Aristotle and Edmund Burke. He was an advocate of classical humanism but also offered an ecumenical defense of religion. His humanism implied a broad knowledge of various moral and religious traditions. His book Democracy and Leadership , is regarded as a classic text of political conservatism. Babbitt is regarded as a major influence over American cultural and political conservatism.

Irving Babbitt (August 2, 1865 – July 15, 1933) was an American academic and literary critic, noted for his founding role in a movement that became known as the New Humanism, a significant influence on literary discussion and conservative thought in the period between 1910 and 1930. He was a cultural critic in the tradition of Matthew Arnold and a consistent opponent of romanticism, as represented by the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Politically he can, without serious distortion, be called a follower of Aristotle and Edmund Burke. He was an advocate of classical humanism but also offered an ecumenical defense of religion. His humanism implied a broad knowledge of various moral and religious traditions. His book Democracy and Leadership (1924), is regarded as a classic text of political conservatism. Babbitt is regarded as a major influence over American cultural and political conservatism.

1 Irving Babbitt's Rousseau & Romanticism intro by Claes Ryn

Darrin reads a spectacular introduction to one of the most important books of modernity.

2 Irving Babbitt's Rousseau & Romanticism intro by Claes Ryn

Moral Irresponsibility and "Sham Vision." Darrin reads a spectacular introduction to one of the most important books of modernity.

10 Irving Babbitt's Rousseau & Romanticism intro by Claes Ryn

'Ethics, Aesthetics, and Philosophical Truth' & 'Babbitt's Enduring Relevance' Darrin reads parts 11 and 12 of a spectacular introduction to one of the most ...

3 Irving Babbitt's Rousseau & Romanticism intro by Claes Ryn

'The Primacy of Will'. Darrin reads a spectacular introduction to one of the most important books of modernity.

7 Irving Babbitt's Rousseau & Romanticism intro by Claes Ryn

'Will and Imagination' Darrin reads part 8 of a spectacular introduction to one of the most important books of modernity.

8 Irving Babbitt's Rousseau & Romanticism intro by Claes Ryn

'The Duality of the Imagination' Darrin reads part 9 of a spectacular introduction to one of the most important books of modernity.