The Best Syllabus

I decided to embrace my newfound identity as a conservative, which, for me, means finding a reading list and ploughing through it. In my searches for lists, I have come across this brilliant syllabus for a course titled “Conservatism in America” by a professor at Appalachian State University.

You can see this is a great prof by looking at how many office hours he has and when they are scheduled. Appalachian State had really good professors in the Humanities. There’s something deeply great about their hiring policy.

9 thoughts on “The Best Syllabus

  1. The father of a longtime friend of friend of mine taught English at Appalachian State, until his death in 1965. I am glad that they still take Humanities seriously there.

    Sadly, I learned this morning that Howard University is shutting down their Classics program, which gave us Toni Morrison.

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  2. Clarissa. I think you would enjoy G. K. Chesterton. He was someone who did literary criticism and detective stories. Also, his brand of conservative did not fit into the obvious categories. He is one of those writers whom I am never really sure what position they are going to take.


      1. Hart’s Making of the Conservative Mind (which is listed) is very worthwhile for its insider account of the politics of National Review. I just finished reading Robert Bork’s Slouching Toward Gomorrah. It is frightening how well Bork understood, back in the 90s, what it would mean that every person should be able to define their own existence and have it accepted by society.


  3. I’d be really interested in what you think about Eric Voegelin’s work. He’s perhaps too ancient for your tastes, but far as I know, he’s ground zero for the “modern politics is religion” line of critique, and has a really interesting line of thought that attacks the subject as religion rather than as hipocrisy.

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