[ books pdf ] Conservatism: An Anthology of Social and Political Thought from David Hume to the PresentAuthor Jerry Z. Muller – Z55z.co

A richly diverse, intelligently designed, and helpfully annotated introduction to the world of conservative theory No comparable collection that I know of is as broad and unparochial as this oneThomas Pangle, University of TorontoAt a time when the label conservative is indiscriminately applied to fundamentalists, populists, libertarians, fascists, and the advocates of one or another orthodoxy, this volume offers a nuanced and historically informed presentation of what is distinctive about conservative social and political thought It is an anthology with an argument, locating the origins of modern conservatism within the Enlightenment and distinguishing between conservatism and orthodoxyBringing together important specimens of European and American conservative social and political analysis from the mid eighteenth century through our own day, Conservatism demonstrates that while the particular institutions that conservatives have sought to conserve have varied, there are characteristic features of conservative argument that recur over time and across national borders


10 thoughts on “Conservatism: An Anthology of Social and Political Thought from David Hume to the Present

  1. Chad Chad says:

    Such a great read Conservatism as a monolithich ideology is hard to define because what is being conserved is always changing monarchy, moral systems, aristocracies, the American Constitution, etc But the editor argues that there are underlying conservative principles that do not change, and he demonstrates this through a selection of conservative authors dating from before the French Revolution to the current day A few conservative ideas that I found particularly fascinating First, conserv Such a great read Conservatism as a monolithich ideology is hard to define because what is being conserved is always changing monarchy, moral systems, aristocracies, the American Constitution, etc But the editor argues that there are underlying conservative principles that do not change, and he demonstrates this through a selection of conservative authors dating from before the French Revolution to the current day A few conservative ideas that I found particularly fascinating First, conservative thought is centered around epistemological modesty That s kind of a mouthful, but it basically means that it acknowledges limits to human reason Sure, in theory an idea might sound good, but you don t know what will happen when you implement it There will be unintended consequences Hand in hand comes latent functions Conservatives acknowledge that some institutions recently, the Electoral College comes to mind that seem clunky or outdated But some of their purposes may not seem immediately apparent in their design, or weren t intended by the founders I think of how the Electoral College preserves a two party system I liked the editor s summary at the end of the conservative dilemma Because the articulate defense of existing institutions usually comes about only when their stability has been challenged, and given the tendency of conservatives to identify the decline of existing institutions with the decline of institutions as such, conservatism sometimes appears as a defense of lost causes, or a fighting retreat from one institutional outpost to another


  2. Lindsay Lindsay says:

    Great non biased overview of the history of conservatism Think 18th Century liberalism and not the modern day conservative party.