Conservatism : Burke, Nozick, Bush, Blair?
This is a new edition of a classic work by one of the world's leading progressive political philosophers. Ted Honderich examines ideology and reality in British and American politicsin order to establish the true distinctions of conservatism.Conservatives often claim to believe in reform, but not change, to rely on instinct rather than abstract theories. So what is the conservative rationale? Does conservatism have a philosophical founding principle that unifies it?Ted Honderich's search for the fundamental principle of conservatism is an enlightening one. He examines influential thinkers in the conservative tradition, from Edmund Burke and Adam Smith to Michael Oakeshott and Robert Nozick. He brings rigorous analytic philosophy to bear on the Republican party in the United States, and the Conservative party and the New Labour party in Britain.show more
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 134 x 204 x 20mm | 421.85g
- 30 Apr 2005
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
- 2nd ed.
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About Ted Honderich
Ted Honderich is Grote Professor Emeritus at University College London and author of numerous books on philosophy including After the Terror (Edinburgh University Press, 2002), How Free Are You? (Oxford University Press, 2001), and editor of The Philosophers: Introducing Great Western Thinkers (Oxford University Press, 2001). He is also the editor of the Oxford Companion to Philosophy.show more
'Ted Honderich's self-righteousness may not reach to the height of a Robespierre or a Lenin; but it is for all that alarming. Given his failure of imagination concerning every experience and opinion that he does not share, one must hope that he remains confined to a university chair' -- Roger Scruton, Philosophical Quarterly 'My schematic outline doesn't begin to convey the passion that informs the analyses in Conservatism, nor does it suggest the wealth of arguments it contains. Well argued or badly argued, Conservatism is relentlessly, fiercely argued.' -- Robert Fullinwider, Philosophical Books '[An] extended analysis of conservative political theory by an eminent radical philosopher ... a significant and timely event' -- Noel O'Sullivan, Utilitas 'The whole book must be read. Indeed only the final page, like a good detective story, brings with it the full philosophical discovery' -- Michael Foot, Observer '[A] powerful critique of the major beliefs of modern conservatism ... [Honderich] shows how much a rigourous philosopher can contribute to understanding the fashionable but deeply ruinous absurdities of his times.' -- Bhiku Parekh, New Statesman 'A tumultuous onslaught ... a substantial piece of work' -- Anthony Quinton, The Timesshow more
Table of contents
Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Change And Reform 2. Theory, Other Thinking, Incentives 3. Human Nature, Dealing With It 4. Freedoms 5. Governments 6. Societies 7. Equalities 8. Desert, Conclusions Notes Indexshow more