The End of the Modern World

Written by Romano Guardini, foreword by Richard John Neuhaus, introduction by Frederick D. Wilhelmsen

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“An exceptionally important book for a new millennium.” —First Things


A new, expanded edition of Romano Guardini’s classic inquiry into the nature of the modern age, featuring the original text of The End of the Modern World as well as the entirety of its explicit sequel, Power and Responsibility.


“This is not a book to read and then check off one’s list of ‘must reading.’ It is an engagement with a great mind and great spirit who will settle for nothing less than a decision. Upon that decision many other decisions inexorably follow.” —Fr. Richard John Neuhaus

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“There is only one standard by which any epoch can be fairly judged: . . . to what extent did it allow for the development of human dignity?”

The health of the spirit depends on its relation to truth, to the good and holy.

Powerful words. And ones we’re not too accustomed to hearing these days.

These lines come from The End of the Modern World, a classic work by Romano Guardini.

If you ever look around at our world and wonder, “What has gone wrong?” then Guardini’s short, brilliant book is for you. The great twentieth-century Italian-born German philosopher-priest looks at the very nature of the modern age and the prospects for modernity ahead. As Catholic Culture has noted, “Nearly every week brings evidence of how prophetic was the priest-philosopher Romano Guardini in his classic work The End of the Modern World.”

This expanded edition includes the original text of The End of the Modern World as well as the entirety of its explicit sequel, Power and Responsibility. The principle of individual responsibility weaves both works into a seamless, comprehensive, and compelling moral statement. Guardini tirelessly argues that human beings are responsible moral agents, possessed of free will and answerable to God and their fellow man.

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Format Paperback
Pages 220
Publisher ISI Books
What They're Saying...

“Guardini’s analysis . . . still has resonance, because many of the problems he diagnoses about modernity have not been overcome. . . . Fears about the destruction of the planet’s ecology by the forces which the modern age unleashed, and anxiety about the direction of mass society, have grown.”
Times Literary Supplement

“Guardini’s book is more than a harsh look at our diseased condition, and quite the opposite of a lament for times past. It is an urgent call to holiness, an inspiring challenge, and an exceptionally important book for a new millennium.”
First Things

“A fascinating portrait of the modern contradiction.”
The Chesterton Review

“There are writers whom you read because you’re told you must read them. But then there are writers who catch you up short. They are personally disruptive; intellectually and spiritually disruptive. . . . Romano Guardini is such a writer. . . . The End of the Modern World is bracing stuff. It offers welcome relief from fashionable post-modernisms that, in most instances, do no more than segue into the next phase of modernism. . . . This is not a book to read and then check off one’s list of ‘must reading.’ It is an engagement with a great mind and great spirit who will settle for nothing less than a decision. Upon that decision many other decisions inexorably follow.”
Richard John Neuhaus, from the foreword to ISI’s edition to The End of the Modern World 

“Much of Guardini’s analysis, by now forty years old, is prophetic.”
New Oxford Review

“A thoughtful, but not hopeless, meditation on the dissolution of Western culture.”
Modern Age

“Nearly every week brings evidence of how prophetic was the priest-philosopher Romano Guardini in his classic work The End of the Modern World. . . . What for Guardini was a ‘coming era’ is now our time, and it has dawned with a terrible hideousness that is possibly worse than even the priest-philosopher foresaw.”
Catholic Culture

“Once in a great while, a figure arises who seems to scan past, present, and future from some almost timeless mountain peak. Romano Guardini is one of those all-too-rare figures. The publication of an expanded edition of this penetrating Guardini book will provide a whole new generation with a chance to know real wisdom—and the rest of us with a reminder of an inexhaustible treasure.
Robert Royal, president of the Faith and Reason Institute

ISBN 1882926587
ISBN13 9781882926589
Eligible for Readers Club Discount Yes

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