Editor’s Note: In recognition of the centenary of Russell Kirk’s birth, we present Russell Kirk Week here at FORMA. All of this week’s content will be free.
Trained as a historian, Russell Kirk’s understanding of the past informed the entirety of his thinking. Although his approach to history was philosophical, he eschewed a “philosophy of history.” For Kirk, the benefit of historical study came from looking at particulars. Those particulars, however, could not be isolated from their larger historical narrative. History as particular narrative would then reveal a shadowy glimpse of the Logos, the fabric of reality that must inform both a personal and political present. Here is a sampling of his musings on the nature of historical consciousness:
“Time and Timeless: The Historical Imagination of Russell Kirk” by Gerald Russello