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Liberty and Civilization: The Western Heritage

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An essential volume of essays commissioned by the American Spectator and edited by the philosopher Roger Scruton, Liberty and Civilization examines the intellectual and spiritual traditions of our belief in individual liberty, from its Judeo Christian origins on through Enlightenment philosophy. As we are confronted by belligerent atheism at home and jihadist Islam abroad, ...more
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Published July 27th 2010 by Encounter Books
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Peter
An collection of essays from the American Spectator, a conservative journal. The essays, as per the title, deal with sources and conflicts related the establishment and evolution of the idea of liberty in Western society. This is a much needed volume. It seems much of Western society have, especially the supposed intellectual, educated portion of society, has no background in how our concepts of rights and constitutionally limited governments evolved and how tenuous these protections are. It is ...more
Martin Whatwouldthefoundersthink
I read this book in one day. It's pretty short but fairly intellectual. That being said, it is composed of 11 essays written by pretty good writers, especially Paul Johnson.

I've written an in-depth review which will appear shortly on my site - whatwouldthefoundersthink.com.
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Roger Vernon Scruton is a self-employed English philosopher and writer, known in the UK as a key figure in the "New Right" in the 1980s and 1990s. He currently lives in rural Wiltshire, but was a professor of philosophy at Boston University from 1992 to 1995, and subsequently a professor at Birkbeck College, London.
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