The Meaning of Conservatism

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First published in 1980, The Meaning of Conservatism is now recognized as a major contribution to political thought, and the liveliest and most provocative modern statement of the traditional "paleo-conservative" position. Roger Scruton challenges those who would regard themselves as conservatives, and also their opponents. Conservatism, he argues, has little in common with liberalism, and is only tenuously related to the market economy, to monetarism, to free enterprise, or to capitalism. It involves neither ...
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Overview

First published in 1980, The Meaning of Conservatism is now recognized as a major contribution to political thought, and the liveliest and most provocative modern statement of the traditional "paleo-conservative" position. Roger Scruton challenges those who would regard themselves as conservatives, and also their opponents. Conservatism, he argues, has little in common with liberalism, and is only tenuously related to the market economy, to monetarism, to free enterprise, or to capitalism. It involves neither hostility toward the state, nor the desire to limit the state's obligation toward the citizen. Its conceptions of society, law, and citizenship regard the individual not as the premise but as the conclusion of politics. At the same time it is fundamentally opposed to the ethic of social justice, to equality of station, opportunity, income, and achievement, and to the attempt to bring major institutions of society - such as schools and universities - under government control.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587315039
  • Publisher: St. Augustine's Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2014
  • Edition description: Third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 286,488
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Author of dozens of books on politics, philosophy (especially aesthetics), and history, Roger Scruton is one of the premier public intellectuals Britain has produced in the past 30 years.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction: Philosophy, Policy and Doctrine 1
1 The Conservative Attitude 4
2 Authority and Allegiance 17
3 Constitution and the State 38
4 Law and Liberty 64
5 Property 87
6 Alienated Labour 111
7 The Autonomous Institution 127
8 Establishment 148
9 The Public World 174
Philosophical Appendix: Liberalism versus Conservatism 182
Notes 195
Index 201
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