Darwinian Conservatism: A Disputed Question / Edition 2

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A reprint of Larry Arnhart's essay Darwinian Conservatism with comment and criticism from a variety of contributors.
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Editorial Reviews

Salisbury Review - David Ashton

"This outstanding Societas essay is strongly recommended."

New Criterion - John Gross

"The argument is conscientious, documented, and timely. Whether this excellent work will convince many conservatives is a different question."

Australian Journal of Politics and History - Paul Crook

"Arnhart's book is a sustained and impressive attempt to give a Darwinian underpinning to conservative social thought."

Philosophical Books - Allen Thompson

"This book should be welcomed by those who are concerned with the social and political ramifications of the theory of evolution."

Right Now! - Antony Flew

"Arnhart's thesis, which he proves abundantly, is that the constraints of our biological nature explode the most persistent delusions of the Left... consequently a Darwinian politics is a largely conservative politics... Arnhart is to be commended for producing an excellent book about conservative thought."

Weekly Standard - James Seaton

"Arnhart succeeds in his limited goal of demonstrating that Darwinian theory, properly understood, supports conservative social and political ideas while discrediting leftist utopianism."


"A well argued book... Of special interest will be the author's discussion of Darwinism and religion."

Reports of the National Center of Science Education - Timothy Sandefur

"Morality, aid to others, political freedom and the rest can be perfectly well defended from a Darwinian perspective; Arnhart has done a very good job of doing so."

The Review of Politics - Francis Beckwith

"Darwinian Conservatism... is a work marked by clarity of purpose, prose, and argument that one rarely finds in academic writing... Arnhart's project to offer a Darwinian account of conservative political philosophy should be taken seriously. Conservative critics of Darwin ignore Arnhart at their own peril."

The European Legacy - Eugene Heath

"There is much to be said in defense of both the realist view of the human being and the biological basis of human conduct and society. Arnhart takes up these important issues in a judicious and informed manner, and his delivery is intelligent, careful, and devoid of posturing or special pleading."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845401566
  • Publisher: Imprint Academic
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Societas Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Arnhart is Professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University.

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