Richard Weaver

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Archconservative from the south, in the eponymously named Weaverville, his family was part of high society. Sharron Crowley’s book (see "Opposition" section below) evaluates Weaver’s ideology as it affects his theory of rhetoric. Crowley claims that Weaver thought the civil upheaval and development (social equality) was a threat to the old structure of society.

Weaver’s ideology, according to Crowley, assumed a hierarchy of culture. He was an apologist for the old South; things were better when social mobility was stagnant. He is sometimes called a “Paleo-conservative” and a reactionary, or someone who reacts against other people upsetting the way he thinks the way the world should be.

Our society’s current ideology, according to Weaver, makes us fragmented and subject to manipulation. Weaver despised propaganda and advertisement, claiming that we have no more honor or chivalry, and that we have become so wedded to scientific and technological advancements that we have become too individualistic.

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Richard Weaver Biography

Article Summaries

Weaver, Richard "The Cultural Role of Rhetoric

Weaver is arguing against dialectic use in our society, calling for a revival of rhetoric. He claims that human culture (the values and beliefs of a people who are bound together by tradition, lived experience, and a shared history) will experience a state of social paralysis if dialectic is allowed to dominate rhetoric.

Additional Works/Publications


Books in bold are still in print.


   1963, "Two Types of American Individualism," Modern Age: 119-35.  File:Weaver.pdf

Further Readings

Other Scholarly Views


Those authors that disagree with Weaver.

This is a must-read for anyone reading or working with Weaver.


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