W. Wesley McDonald

W. Wesley McDonald is a professor of political science at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. His interest in the life and thought of Russell Kirk began early in his academic career, and he spent some twenty-five years as a friend and mentoree of Kirk. McDonald studied at Catholic University for his Ph.D., at Bowling Green State University for his M.A., and at Towson State University for his B.A.


Volume 70

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Guests on Volume 70: W. Wesley McDonald, on the significance of Russell Kirk’s themes of the "permanent things" and "the moral imagination"; C. Ben Mitchell, on law, wisdom, and the possibilities of pastoral guidance on bioethical decisions, and on why and how the Church should be more welcoming toward the elderly; Carl Elliott, on the medical industry’s move from healing to enhancing self-esteem and idenity formation; Richard Weikart, on the rise of "evolutionary ethics," the embrace toward ethical relativism, and the slide toward eugenics; Christine Rosen, on how and why early 20th century American religious leaders encouraged eugenics in the name of moral progress; and Dana Gioia, on the decline in literary reading in America and on the cultural loss it signifies.