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This issue of TOS is so packed with value that we had to publish forty-eight extra pages to make it all fit. Here is a preview: In “The Decline and Fall of American Conservatism,” C. Bradley Thompson examines today's putatively splintered conservative movement, zeros in on the essence of its two dominant factions, and shows the movement to be only superficially split while fundamentally unified—and stultified—by the conservatives' universal acceptance of a morality that is antithetical to liberty.
Dianne Durante's article, “19th-Century French Painting and Philosophy," examines the relationship between art and fundamental philosophic ideas by considering the Kantian notion that man cannot know reality by means of reason—a notion that became increasingly prevalent over the course of the 1800s—in connection with the works and words of 19th-century French painters and art critics, who, correspondingly, became increasingly hostile to reason over the same period.. . . Continue »