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Title:
Conservatism
Author:
O'Hara, Kieron, author.
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9781861898128
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Publication Information:
London : Reaktion Books, 2011.
Physical Description:
viii, 375 pages.
Abstract:
The term "conservative," when employed today in reference to politicians and beliefs, can denote groups as diverse and incompatible as the religious right, libertarians, and opponents of large, centralized government. Yet the original conservative philosophy, first developed in the eighteenth century by Edmund Burke, was most concerned with managing change. This kind of genuine conservatism has a renewed relevance in a complex world where change is rapid, pervasive, and dislocating.InConservatism, Kieron OHara presents a thought-provoking revision of the traditional conservative philosophy, here crafted for the modern age. As OHara argues, conservatism transcends traditional politics and has surprising applicationsnot least as the most appropriate and practical response to climate change. He shows what a properly conservative ideology looks like today, and draws on such great conservative thinkers as Burke and Adam Smith, philosophers from Plato to Wittgenstein, and contemporary social commentators such as Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Ulrich Beck, and Jared Diamond, in order to outline how conservative philosophy lays bare our failure to understand our own society. OHara proves as well that conservatism is distinct from neo-liberalism, neo-conservatism, and the extreme positions of many of todays most outspoken commentators.In this comprehensive and detailed description of a philosophy of change and innovation, OHara shows how conservatism can be an ideology sensitive to cultural differencesamong the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere. As well, he highlights key issues of technology, trust, and privacy.Conservatismis a provocative read and a level-headed guide to cutting through the many voices of policy makers andpundits claiming to represent conservative points of view.
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The term "conservative," when employed today in reference to politicians and beliefs, can denote groups as diverse and incompatible as the religious right, libertarians, and opponents of large, centralized government. Yet the original conservative philosophy, first developed in the eighteenth century by Edmund Burke, was most concerned with managing change. This kind of genuine conservatism has a renewed relevance in a complex world where change is rapid, pervasive, and dislocating.

In Conservatism , Kieron O'Hara presents a thought-provoking revision of the traditional conservative philosophy, here crafted for the modern age. As O'Hara argues, conservatism transcends traditional politics and has surprising applications--not least as the most appropriate and practical response to climate change. He shows what a properly conservative ideology looks like today, and draws on such great conservative thinkers as Burke and Adam Smith, philosophers from Plato to Wittgenstein, and contemporary social commentators such as Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Ulrich Beck, and Jared Diamond, in order to outline how conservative philosophy lays bare our failure to understand our own society. O'Hara proves as well that conservatism is distinct from neo-liberalism, neo-conservatism, and the extreme positions of many of today's most outspoken commentators.

In this comprehensive and detailed description of a philosophy of change and innovation, O'Hara shows how conservatism can be an ideology sensitive to cultural differences among the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere. As well, he highlights key issues of technology, trust, and privacy. Conservatism is a provocative read and a level-headed guide to cutting through the many voices of policy makers and pundits claiming to represent conservative points of view.


Table of Contents

David Willetts MP
Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. 1
1 First Principlesp. 5
Part I What Conservatism Is
2 Knowledgep. 23
3 Changep. 52
4 What Conservatism Stands Forp. 91
Part II What Conservatism is Not
5 Misperceptionsp. 165
6 Misconceptionsp. 190
7 Conservatism and Liberalismp. 211
Part III What Conservatism Might Be
8 The Viability of Conservatism in the Modern and Postmodern Worldsp. 237
9 Green Conservatismp. 273
10 The Hardest Political Task: Telling the Truthp. 301
Referencesp. 319
Select Bibliographyp. 360
Indexp. 363