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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 3rd edition edition (14 Feb. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333912446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333912447
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'...a marvellously lucid writer.' - Seamus Perry, Politics

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Contents:

Preface to the Third Edition

Preface to the First Edition

Introduction: Philosophy, Policy and Dogma

The Conservative Attitude

Authority and Allegiance

Constitution and the State

Law and Liberty

Property

Alienated Labour

The Autonomous Institution

Establishment

The Public World

Appendix: Liberalism versus Conservatism

Notes

Index

ROGER SCRUTON is an academic philosopher who has been Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College London and at Boston University, Massachusetts. He is a writer and journalist and has published over twenty books, including philosophy, political theory, criticism and novels.


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Giles Penfold on 6 April 2015
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It is notorious amongst those studying the human sciences that predisposition to a world view (racism, altruism, conservatism) predates, in the mind of any given individual, adherence to the theoretical underpinning which that view requires in order to be sustained. Scruton's desperate post facto search for an underpinning theoretical structure to justify his anti-democratic and homophobic views inevitably leads him to Christianity (religion being the sole theoretical underpinning of homophobia) because, in his own words, it exists entirely separate from the realm of reason and - as he does not go on to say - can therefore make any claims however ludicrous. Put more briefly, he has sought and found a supernatural justification for hate policies that could not otherwise be justified. No reputable philosopher can condone supernaturalism.

His general argument, here and elsewhere, that traditional structures and practices of society should be revered because they have stood the test of time must surely be rejected out of hand by any serious observer of caste systems, genital mutilation, ongoing child slavery, social inequalities entrenched in societies etc etc. These are all traditions. Are they therefore to be followed?
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12 of 34 people found the following review helpful By duncan@gray.sol.co.uk on 5 Feb. 2002
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This is a book for anyone who enjoys pure politics. Scruton explains with philosophical analysis and scientific presision what conservatism means today.
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