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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 the Darwinian theory of evolution. Darwin encourages us to see human emotion as a reproductive strategy. This is a perspective which Scruton attacks vehemently especially in its modern proponents- Desmond Morris and Richard Dawkins. This the author believes undermines the belief in freedom and the moral imperatives that stem from it.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780826496157
ISBN-10: 0826496156
Pagini: 224
Ilustrații: black & white illustrations
Dimensiuni: 138 x 216 x 18 mm
Greutate: 0.30 kg
Ediția: New ed
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Continuum
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom

Caracteristici

His books are always given wide coverage and review space because of the beauty of his writing style and the intelligence of his arguments.

Cuprins

Introduction

Conserving Nations
Conserving Nature
Eating our Friends
Dying Quietly
Meaningful Marriage
Extinguishing the Light
Religion and Enlightenment
The Totalitarian Temptation
Newspeak and Eurospeak
The Nature of Evil
Eliot and Conservatism

Acknowledgements
Name Index
Subject Index

Recenzii

An intelllectual challenge and an entertaining read.
What may be found here is a collection of acute observations about modern attitudes, arguments undermining their essential assumptions, and references to the past which enable the reader to set moral and intellectual enquiry into a wide frame of reference. The essays are certainly polemical, and are clearly intended to be; they are, however, elevated above the trivial rhetoric of modern politics, and achieve a distinction that is at once apparent and readily accessible. His essays are prophetic assaults upon the superficial and false understandings inherent in the substitute morality now mandatory in modern materialist thought...there remains intellectual engagement of a high order.

Notă biografică

Sir Roger Scruton is an author and philosopher who has written dozens of books, including numerous works of philosophy, criticism and several novels and collections of stories. He was knighted in 2017, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the British Academy and an Honorary Bencher of the Inner Temple. He currently teaches an MA course in philosophy for the University of Buckingham.