Traditionalism/Christian Humanism

(Very much in progress)

What follows is a library of texts that present what may, perhaps imperfectly, be labeled Anglo-North American “Christian Humanism” or “Traditionalist Conservatism.” Authors are listed alphabetically, and chronologically begin in the 16th century with Richard Hooker into the early 21st century via Roger Scruton. Many of these writers are obviously indebted to the Classical authors and many medieval and Renaissance thinkers, and interested readers should certainly pursue the works of those writers, as well as an in-depth study of the Scriptures and the Church Fathers.

While two of the authors–Eric Voegelin and Alexis de Tocqueville–are continental Europeans, they are both significantly associated with the Anglo-American conservative tradition because of varying historical and biographical circumstances that produced significant portions of their work, and are thus here included (Belloc and Santayana were born on the Continent, but were raised as an Englishman and an American, respectively).

Links to individual works provide either a pdf of a work in the public domain or a link to purchase a copy of the work on Amazon. If the work is out of print, but still appears to be under copyright, the link is to WorldCat, which will direct you to libraries holding that work.

It should be noted that I have not read all of these works–very, very far from it–but doing so is part of a larger intellectual project I hope to complete throughout the rest of my 30s.

Readers are encouraged to suggest additions to this list; I am especially interested in the ways in which black conservatisms fit into this broader tradition. Suggestions are appreciated via email: matt AT wmatthewjsimmons DOT info

Insofar as I am aware, all pdfs linked are either in the public domain or presented as fair-use under the copyright laws of the United States. I am happy to remove any pdfs if I am mistaken; rights-holders should contact me via email: matt AT wmatthewjsimmons DOT info

Library of Anglo-North American Christian Humanism/Traditionalist Conservatism

Adams, Henry

Adams, John

Arnold, Matthew

Babbitt, Irving

Barfield, Owen

Belloc, Hillaire

  • The Path to Rome
  • The Pyrenees
  • The Servile State
  • Europe and Faith

Berry, Wendell

  • The Memory of Old Jack
  • Jayber Crow
  • Nathan Coulter
  • The Unsettling of America
  • Home Economics
  • What are People For?
  • New Collected Poems

Burke, Edmund

Carlyle, Thomas

Chesterton, G.K.

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor

Davidson, Donald

  • Collected Poems
  • The Attack on Leviathan
  • Still Rebels, Still Yankees

Dawson, Christoper

Disraeli, Benjamin (Earl of Beaconsfield)

Eliot, T.S.

  • Notes Towards the Definition of Culture
  • Selected Essays, 1917-1932
  • Collected Poems
  • Murder in the Cathedral
  • The Family Reunion

Forsey, Eugene

  • How Canadians Govern Themselves
  • Freedom and Order
  • The Royal Power of Dissolution in the British Commonwealth

Grant, George

  • Lament for a Nation
  • Technology and Empire
  • English-Speaking Justice
  • Technology and Justice

Hooker, Richard

Hulme, T.E.

Kirk, Russell

  • The Conservative Mind
  • John Randolph of Roanoke
  • Confessions of a Bohemian Tory
  • The Roots of American Order
  • Redeeming the Time

Lewis, C.S.

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • The Great Divorce
  • Mere Christianity
  • The Space Trilogy
  • The Problem of Pain
  • Miracles
  • The Abolition of Man

More, Paul Elmer

Newman, Cardinal John Henry

Nisbet, Robert

  • The Quest for Community
  • Tradition and Revolt
  • The Making of Modern Society
  • The Present Age

Oakeshott, Michael

  • Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays
  • On History and Other Essays

Randolph (of Roanoke), John

Ransom, John Crowe

  • The New Criticism
  • God Without Thunder
  • Poems and Essays

Ruskin, John

  • Modern Painters
  • The Seven Lamps of Architecture
  • The Stones of Venice
  • Unto This Last

Santayana, George

  • The Sense of Beauty
  • The Life of Reason
  • Scepticism and Animal Faith
  • The Realms of Being

Savile, George (Marquess of Halifax)

  • The Character of a Trimmer
  • A Character of King Charles II
  • Maxims of State

Scruton, Sir Roger

  • The Philosopher on Dover Beach
  • Gentle Regrets
  • Culture Counts
  • Beauty
  • The Soul of the World
  • How to Be a Conservative
  • Fools, Frauds and Firebrands
  • Confessions of a Heretic

St. John, Henry (Viscount Bolingbroke)

  • Letters on the Study of History
  • True Use of Retirement
  • The Patriot King
  • The Spirit of Patriotism

Tate, Allen

  • Essays of Four Decades
  • Collected Poems
  • The Fathers

de Tocqueville, Alexis

  • Democracy in America

Viereck, Peter

  • Terror and Decorum
  • First Morning: New Poems
  • Conservatism Revisited
  • Dream and Responsibility
  • Shame and Glory of the Intellectuals
  • Conservatism: From John Adams to Churchill

Voegelin, Eric

  • The Political Religions
  • The New Science of Politics
  • Science, Politics, and Gnosticism

Warren, Robert Penn

  • Understanding Poetry
  • Night Rider
  • All the King’s Men
  • Who Speaks for the Negro?
  • Brother to Dragons
  • The Collected Poems

Weaver, Richard

  • Ideas Have Consequences
  • The Ethics of Rhetoric
  • Visions of Order
  • The Southern Tradition at Bay
  • The Southern Essays of Richard M. Weaver