The Conservative Tradition in European Thought

By: Editor-Robert Lindsay Schuettinger

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No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. DJ is VG. Gently read. . . . . . . . . This volume provides illustrations of European conservatism. The editor, Robert Schuettinger, begins by pointing out that (Page 12): Conservatism is not an ideology or a formal set of doctrines on man and the universe. We will be nearer the truth if we view conservatism as a disposition. . . . The editor observes that there are some basic principles or dispositions (Page 12): 1.) There is a divine intent in history. . . -- 2.) Order and stability are the first requirements of good government. . . -- 3.) Variety is. . .more desirable than uniformity, and liberty more important than equality. -- 4.) The good life. . .is the proper goal of a man. -- 5.) There are definite limits to the power of man's reason. -- Those aren't bad characteristics of the conservative mood. There is also a reverence for tradition. Which thinkers are represented in this volume? Quite properly, Edmund Burke, one of the major classical conservatives, is included with several essays. The first set of essays, Man and Society, features Burke, Coleridge (a Romantic is an odd choice here), Von Hayek (more a classical liberal than a conservative), and Oakeshott, start the volume off. As one can see, I do have a couple questions here. The second section, Nature, Law, and History, includes Cicero, Hooker, Hegel, and Strauss. Again, I do not quite understand why Cicero would be included. Conservatism comes from a European tradition and I am not sure that reaching back to the Romans is very convincing. The third section, The Distribution of Power. Plato is included (another odd choice, since he advocates a form of communism for his Philosopher Kinds/Queens), Aristotle (again, the Greek society is so different that I am not sure that such thinkers can be considered to fall within the conservative mood), Disraeli, and Mosca, inter alia. Section IV focuses on Liberty, Equality, and Authority. Here, we are introduced to the writing of de Maistre and Acton. Finally, contemporary European conservatism. Exemplars: Churchill, de Jouvenel, among others. Overall, a pretty good introduction to conservative thought. However, I do think that there are some rather idiosyncratic selections here. -- Steven Peterson

Title: The Conservative Tradition in European Thought

Author Name: Editor-Robert Lindsay Schuettinger

Categories: Philosophy,

Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons: 1970

ISBN Number: B000FBMLHY

Size: Hardcover

Book Condition: Used - Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

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