Modern Age (periodical)

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Modern Age
EditorDaniel McCarthy
CategoriesTraditionalist conservatism, regionalism
CompanyIntercollegiate Studies Institute
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish Edit this at Wikidata

Modern Age is an American conservative academic quarterly journal, founded in 1957 by Russell Kirk in close collaboration with Henry Regnery. Originally published independently in Chicago, in 1976 ownership was transferred to the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.


With its founding Kirk hoped for "a dignified forum for reflective, traditionalist conservatism" and the magazine has remained one of the voices of intellectual, small-"c" conservatism to the present day.[citation needed]

Reflecting the ideals of its founder, in its politics it is traditionalist, localist, against most military interventions, not libertarian, anti-Straussian, and generally critical of neoconservatism. In its religious sympathies it adheres to orthodoxy, whether Roman Catholic, Jewish, Eastern Orthodox, or Protestant.[citation needed]

Modern Age has been described by the historian George H. Nash as "the principal quarterly of the intellectual right."[citation needed]

Paul Gottfried, a professor at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, has said that "Modern Age represents humanistic learning, reverence for the eternal, and the sense of human finiteness, values that (alas) have less and less to do with the academic presentation of the liberal arts."[citation needed]

Kirk edited the publication from 1957 to 1959. Eugene Davidson edited it from 1960 to 1969. David S. Collier was the quarterly's third editor, from 1970 to 1983. Modern Age's fourth editor was George A. Panichas who served from 1984 to 2007. The next editor was R. V. Young. Peter Lawler replaced Young in 2017.[1] Lawler died later in 2017 and he was replaced by the current editor, Daniel McCarthy.[2]


The journal's Executive Editor is Mark Henrie, its Managing Editor is Arthur Bloom, and its Poetry Editor is James Matthew Wilson. Associate Editors include George W. Carey, Jude P. Dougherty, Jeffrey Hart, Marion Montgomery, Mordecai Roshwald, and Stephen J. Tonsor.


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  1. ^ "Introducing MODERN AGE's New Editor". Intercollegiate Studies Institute: Educating for Liberty. January 9, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  2. ^ The Editors (November 1, 2017). "Meet the New Editor of MODERN AGE: Daniel McCarthy". Intercollegiate Studies Institute: Educating for Liberty. Retrieved April 21, 2018. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)

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