Chesterton on the Problem with Modern Ethics and Why Dante Matters

On Art and Aesthetics

G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936) is one of my favourite thinkers. I’m yet to find a livelier, wittier writer. Chesterton wrote about just everything—literary and visual art, history, religion, politics, economics, science, ethics, the differences between worldviews and their logical outworking. He was also playfully snobbish, which makes him all the more entertaining. While engaging with (and attacking) his opponents he turned their arguments inside out. I love him because he was passionate about what he believed in, and made an effort to explain why he believed in it with clarity and beauty. Whenever I read his work I feel that he’s alive and well—not dead and gone—sitting right before me and giving a talk.

I haven’t posted much about Chesterton on this blog (just an excerpt from his essay “In Defence of Humility”). This is because I have been having a tough time deciding on where exactly to begin. I…

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