Political Philosophy : Arguments for Conservatism
What principles should govern our relations to the nation-state, to the environment, to other species, to other cultures and to other ways of life? How should we approach marriage, religion, evil and mortality? How should we respond to relativism and nihilism in their current forms? What explains the rise of totalitarianism, and the fatal attraction that it exerts over the educated mind? What is Enlightenment, and what residue has it left in our view of ourselves? Those are some of the questions addressed by Roger Scruton in this scintillating book of philosophical reflections. Well known as a commentator, Roger Scruton makes no concessions to intellectual fashion, and is forthright in expressing what he believes and why he believes it. The result is challenging, but informed throughout by a humane and compassionate outlook. Scruton's targets are shown to deserve his sceptical assault on them, and the vision that he defends, of a society ordered by custom, tradition and national loyalty, is one that will appeal far more widely than to orthodox conservatives.
- Paperback | 214 pages
- 136 x 210 x 22mm | 281.23g
- 05 Oct 2007
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
- London, United Kingdom
- New edition
- New edition
- black & white illustrations
Table of contents
Introduction; Conserving Nations; Conserving Nature; Eating our Friends; Dying Quietly. Meaningful Marriage; Extinguishing the Light; Religion and Enlightenment; The Totalitarian Temptation; Newspeak and Eurospeak; The Nature of Evil; Eliot and Conservatism; Acknowledgements; Name Index; Subject Index.
'What may be found here is a collection of acute observations about modern attitudes, arguments underming their essential assumptions, and references to the past which enable the reader to set moral and intellectual enquiry into a wide frame of reference. The essays are certainly polemical, and are clearly intended to be; they are, however, elevated above the trivial rhetoric of modern politics, and achieve a distinction that is at once apparent and readily accessible. His essays are prophetic assaults upon the superficial and false understandings inherent in the substitute morality now mandatory in modern materialist thought...there remains intellectual engagement of a high order.'--Sanford Lakoff "Church Times " "An intelllectual challenge and an entertaining read."--Sanford Lakoff
About Roger Scruton
Roger Scruton is a philosopher and writer. Formerly Professor of Aesthetics at Birkbeck College, London and Visiting Professor at Boston College, USA. He now lives as a freelance writer in Wiltshire. He has published The West and the Rest and News from Somewhere with Continuum.