The Moral Imagination in Flannery O'Connor and Russell Kirk
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Russell Kirk
Flannery O'Connor
Literature and Politics
moral imagination

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The Moral Imagination in Flannery O’Connor and Russell Kirk. (2021). The Political Science Reviewer, 45(2), 427-452.


Flannery O’Connor and Russell Kirk are similar storytellers of the mid-twentieth century. They are comparable in many respects. Both, for instance, worry about Enlightenment ideas leading to brutal policies. They also share a conviction that stories can do more to awaken people to the dangers of abstract thinking than philosophic treatises. And though their stories share a theological orientation rooted in the Catholic faith, the stories themselves have important differences. Kirk’s stories are about ghosts and O’Connor shows how grace builds upon nature.

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