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A Political Philosophy: Arguments for Conservatism

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Over the past twenty years, Roger Scruton has been developing a conservative view of human beings, society and culture. The tone of this book is positive and the arguments are recommendations with the aim of convincing the reader that rumours of the death of Western civilisation are greatly exaggerated. Much of our present self doubt, argues Scruton, is brought about by th ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 10th 2007 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published July 1st 2006)
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J.A.A. Purves
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Scruton's book here is both challenging and provocative. He asks us to think about things in ways most other conservatives have not even begun to fathom. He even suggests that, as T.S. Eliot suggested, it is possible to think and feel in cliches. Avoiding thinking in cliches is of the utmost importance for conservatives today if they desire to have any effect whatsoever upon the fragmented modern world. Overall, this is a solid and insightful book. It is refreshing to read the thoughts of an edu ...more
Jun 01, 2010 rated it liked it
This book is worth checking out for Scruton's final essay on T.S. Eliot and Conservatism. Not only does he have knowledge about Eliot's published works but he reveals Eliot as the best modernist of the twentieth century. I have similar respect for Eliot as does Scruton. Eliot is especially insightful as we consider our age of information and its unwillingness to set down a claim for culture.
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Mind-expanding. Watch this youtube video written and narrated by British philosopher Roger Scruton on "THE PHILOSOPHY OF BEAUTY" for his amusing and brilliant analysis:
Quoting Oscar Wilde and Plato, "Nothing is more useful than the useless ... the useless releases us from the tyranny of the useful" and "Beauty is a visitor from another world."
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Conserving Nations *
Conserving Nature **
Eating Our Friends *
Dying Quietly (0)
Meaningful Marriage *
Extinguishing The Light ***
Religion and Enlightenment *
The Totalitarian Temptation **
Newspeak and Eurospeak **
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A good summary of Burkean conservatism.
Procyon Lotor
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Onesto compendio ragionato ed applicabile delle pi� diffuse filosofie conservatrici. Il taglio � eminentemente pratico, attrezzi, ferramente. L'autore si sente che � abituato ad argomentare in grande stile a gente preparata e magari contraria. Perplime che le tre quattro idee che d'istinto si collocano fra l'indifendibile e la pura ilarit� siano quelle pi� pertinacemente difese dai conservatori di casa nostra oltre ogni immaginabile impegno anche rischiando di fare la figura dei TeoConnard TeoCo ...more
Joel Zartman
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent essays on topics of current interest. Especially good his chapter on "Enlightenment & Religion" for understanding the time we live in. The chapter on T.S. Eliot is also very good.
Nick Gibson
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For what it's worth, my 2016 Book of the Year.
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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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“It is not the truth of Marxism that explains the willingness of intellectuals to believe it, but the power that it confers on intellectuals, in their attempts to control the world. And is futile to reason someone out of a thing that he was not reasoned into, we can conclude that Marxism owes its remarkable power to survive every criticism to the fact that it is not a truth-directed but a power-directed system of thought.” 13 likes
“The recent experience of totalitarianism in Europe was foreshadowed at the French Revolution, when the Committee of Public Safety acted in the same way as the Nazi and Communist parties, setting up 'parallel structures' through which to control the state and to exert a micromanagerial tyranny over every aspect of civil society.

Let us at least be realistic, and recognize that, if totalitarian governments have arisen and spread with such rapidity in modern times, this is because there is something in human nature to which they correspond and on which they draw for their moral energy.”
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