Conservatism: Dream and Reality

Conservatism: Dream and Reality

by Robert Nisbet
     
 

ISBN-10: 0765808625

ISBN-13: 9780765808622

Pub. Date: 10/17/2001

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

The essential concerns of conservatism are the same as those that motivated Nisbet's first and most influential book, The Quest for Community. In fact, Conservatism unites virtually all of Nisbet's work. In it, Nisbet deals with the political causes of the manifold forms of alienation that underwrite the human quest for community. The

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The essential concerns of conservatism are the same as those that motivated Nisbet's first and most influential book, The Quest for Community. In fact, Conservatism unites virtually all of Nisbet's work. In it, Nisbet deals with the political causes of the manifold forms of alienation that underwrite the human quest for community. The sovereign political state is more than a legal relationship of a superstructure of power, it is inseparable from its successive penetrations of man's economic, religious, kinship and local allegiances, and its revolutionary dislocations of established centers of power.

Nisbet holds that although political philosophers are often conceived in terms of their views of the individual and the state, a more useful approach adds the factor of social groups or communities mediating between the individual and the state. Such groups comprise "society" the protection of which is the "sole object" of the conservative tradition, according to Nisbet. This conservative ideology arose in the West as a reaction to the French Revolution and its perceived impact upon traditional society. Edmund Burke was the first spokesman of the new ideology. In this book, Nisbet argues that modern conservatism throughout the West can be seen as a widening of Burke's indictment not only of the French Revolution, but of the larger revolution we have come to call modernity.

From Edmund Burke and his contemporaries such as Bonald, de Maistre, Haller, and Savigny, down to T.S. Eliot, Christopher Dawson, Michael Oakeshott, Irving Babbit, Paul Elmer More, and Russell Kirk, the essential themes of political conservatism remained the same. They are centered upon history, tradition, property, authority, liberty and religion, and attack equally the political collectivism and radical individualism that have the same irrational outcomes. Nisbet makes the point that, at present, conservatism is also in a crisis, one created in large measure by mixing in the political arena economic liberalism and welfare state socialism - a lethal mix for conservative politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765808622
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
10/17/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
130
Sales rank:
571,981
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition1
Preface15
1Sources of Conservatism19
2Dogmatics of Conservatism37
History and Tradition38
Prejudice and Reason44
Authority and Power49
Liberty and Equality60
Property and Life67
Religion and Morality79
3Some Consequences of Conservatism85
4The Prospects of Conservatism103
Bibliography119
Index123

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