Spring 1948 • Vol. X No. 2 Book ReviewsApril 1, 1948 |

Historian and Moralist

The Misinterpretation of Man: Studies in European Thought of the Nineteenth Century by Paul Roubiczek. Scribner's. $2.75 Ideas Have Consequences by Richard Weaver. University of Chicago. $2.75   Both Roubiczek and Weaver argue that what the first calls, in facile cliche, "the spiritual crisis of our time," is the consequence of certain erroneous ideas that have come to prevail. But here their similarity ends, for Roubiczek—who is aware of the shortcomings of an idealistic theory of history—is interested in the relation between the crisis and certain ideological defects which manifested themselves in the 19th Century, whereas Weaver traces the cause of contemporary decadence exclusively to Occam's rejection of medieval realism. Roubiczek is, one surmises, a trained historian of ideas, and he brings to his task all the advantages and defects of the academic historian; whereas Weaver is an inspired moralist who has been outraged by an unspeakably messy world. Weaver's hi

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