How to be a conservative

How to be a conservative

by Roger Scruton


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Renowned philosopher Roger Scruton draws on his own experience as a counter-culture presence in public life to explain conservatism in a skeptical age.

With soft left-liberalism as the dominant force in Western politics, what can conservatives now contribute to public debate that will not be dismissed as pure nostalgia? In this highly personal and witty book, renowned philosopher Roger Scruton explains how to live as a conservative in spite of the pressures to exist otherwise. Drawing on his own experience as a counter-cultural presence in public life, Scruton argues that while humanity might survive in the absence of the conservative outlook, it certainly won't flourish. How to be a Conservative is not only a blueprint for modern conservatism. It is a heartfelt appeal on behalf of old fashioned decencies and values, which are the bedrock of our weakened, but still enduring civilization.

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ISBN-13: 9781472965233
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 04/23/2019
Edition description: New
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 172,093
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Professor Roger Scruton is a graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge. He has been Professor of Aesthetics at Birkbeck College, London, and University Professor at Boston University. He is currently visiting professor of philosophy at the University of Oxford and Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington DC. He has published a large number of books, including some works of fiction, and has written and composed two operas. He writes regularly for The Times, the Telegraph, the Spectator and was for many years wine critic of the New Statesman.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 My Journey 1

2 Starting from Home 19

3 The Truth in Nationalism 31

4 The Truth in Socialism 41

5 The Truth in Capitalism 53

6 The Truth in Liberalism 65

7 The Truth in Multiculturalism 79

8 The Truth in Environmentalism 93

9 The Truth in Internationalism 105

10 The Truth in Conservatism 119

11 Realms of Value 135

12 Practical Matters 165

13 A Valediction Forbidding Mourning but Admitting Loss 173

Index 185

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