Conservatism An Anthology of Social and Political Thought from David Hume to the Present

ISBN-10: 0691037116
ISBN-13: 9780691037110
Edition: 1997
Authors: Jerry Z. Muller
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List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 5/4/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.826
Language: English

At a time when the label "conservative" is indiscriminately applied to fundamentalists, populists, libertarians, fascists, and the advocates of one or another orthodoxy, this volume offers a nuanced and historically informed presentation of what is distinctive about conservative social and political thought. It is an anthology with an argument, locating the origins of modern conservatism within the Enlightenment and distinguishing between conservatism and orthodoxy. Bringing together important specimens of European and American conservative social and political analysis from the mid-eighteenth century through our own day,Conservatismdemonstrates that while the particular institutions that conservatives have sought to conserve have varied, there are characteristic features of conservative argument that recur over time and across national borders. The book proceeds chronologically through the following sections: Enlightenment Conservatism (David Hume, Edmund Burke, and Justus Mouml;ser), The Critique of Revolution (Burke, Louis de Bonald, Joseph de Maistre, James Madison, and Rufus Choate), Authority (Matthew Arnold, James Fitzjames Stephen), Inequality (W. H. Mallock, Joseph A. Schumpeter), The Critique of Good Intentions (William Graham Sumner), War (T. E. Hulme), Democracy (Carl Schmitt, Schumpeter), The Limits of Rationalism (Winston Churchill, Michael Oakeshott, Friedrich Hayek, Edward Banfield), The Critique of Social and Cultural Emancipation (Irving Kristol, Peter Berger and Richard John Neuhaus, Hermann Luuml;bbe), and Between Social Science and Cultural Criticism (Arnold Gehlen, Philip Rieff). The book contains an afterword on recurrent tensions and dilemmas of conservative thought.

Jerry Z. Muller is professor of history at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. His previous books include "Adam Smith in His Time and Ours" (Princeton). His writing has appeared in the "Wall Street Journal", the "New Republic", and the "Times Literary Supplement", among other publications.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: What is Conservative Social and Political Thought?
Enlightenment Conservatism
"Of Justice," from An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals (1751)
"Preface" to A Vindication of Natural Society (Second Edition, 1757)
"On the Diminished Disgrace of Whores and Their Children in Our Day" (1772)
"No Promotion According to Merit" (c. 1770)
The Critique of Revolution
Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)
On Divorce (1801)
Essay on the Generative Principle of Political Constitutions and of Other Human Institutions (1814)
"Federalist No. 49" (1788)
"The Position and Functions of the American Bar, as an Element of Conservatism in the State" (1845)
Authority
Culture and Anarchy (1869)
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity (1874)
Inequality
Aristocracy and Evolution: A Study of the Rights, the Origin, and Social Functions of the Wealthier Classes (1898)
"Aptitude and Social Mobility" (1927)
The Critique of Good Intentions
"Sociological Fallacies" (1884)
"On the Case of a Certain Man Who Is Never Thought Of" (1883)
"An Examination of a Noble Sentiment" (c. 1887)
War
"Essays on War" (1916)
Democracy
"When Parliament Cannot be Sovereign" (1931)
"Political Leadership and Democracy" (1942)
The Limits of Rationalism
"Speech on Rebuilding the House of Commons" (1943)
"Rationalism in Politics" (1947)
"The Errors of Constructivism" (1970)
The Mirage of Social Justice (1973)
The Unheavenly City Revisited (1974)
The Critique of Social and Cultural Emancipation
"Pornography, Obscenity, and the Case for Censorship" (1971)
To Empower People: The Role of Mediating Structures in Public Policy (1977)
"The Social Consequences of Attempts to Create Equality (1984)
Between Social Science and Cultural Criticism
"On Culture, Nature, and Naturalness" (1958)
"Man and Institutions" (1960)
"Toward a Theory of Culture" (1966)
Afterword: Recurrent Tensions and Dilemmas of Conservative Thought
Guide to Further Reading
Index

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