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A Political Philosophy: Arguments for Conservatism Paperback – May 10, 2007

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (May 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826496156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826496157
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #961,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'What may be found here is a collection of acute observations about modern attitudes, arguments underming 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.'
(Edward Norman Church Times)

"An intelllectual challenge and an entertaining read."
(Richard Hayton, Political Studies Review)

'What may be found here is a collection of acute observations about modern attitudes, arguments underming 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.'
(Sanford Lakoff Church Times)

"An intelllectual challenge and an entertaining read."
(Sanford Lakoff)

About the Author

Professor Roger Scruton is visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall Oxford and visiting Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. His other books include Sexual Desire, The West and the Rest, England: An Elegy, News from Somewhere, Gentle Regrets and I Drink Therefore I Am (all published by Continuum).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Samuel J. Sharp on March 2, 2013
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This collection of 11 essays presents British philosopher Roger Scruton's ideas on a variety of subjects, from the importance of national sovereignty to the conservatism of T.S. Eliot. Scruton writes forcefully and reaches conclusions on environmental protection and assisted suicide that will intrigue American conservatives. His chapters on politics are insightful and appropriately nuanced, but not always as argumentative as the book's title suggests. Because the book is a collection of essays rather than a monograph, the ideas in each chapter are never tied together to present an overarching system of political thought. Rather than "arguments for conservatism", the collection is better characterized as "observations from a conservative disposition on various topics." This is not to say the collection is not worth reading, only that readers looking for a more cohesive book may prefer Scruton's "Meaning of Conservatism" instead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pearl on March 18, 2014
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Here in the UK Scruton is not really given his due, but then it's unlikely he would be, given that he is the conservative's conservative, consciously at odds with the Marxist brainwashing compound that the modern day UK has become.
He stands for tradition where the political and media class are for permanent cultural revolution.
I enjoy his writing and I like his style but he has always been a political party of one.
I think he rather likes the role of solitary prophet.
I wish he would be a bit punchier in his approach.
He is a poor public speaker, which is a great pity, he has a tremendous amount of good sense to impart.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ken Braithwaite on September 15, 2011
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An excellent collection of essays whose connecting thread is the value of the traditional nation state. Lots to agrre with and lots to disagree with, but always well put.
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1 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sdyon1 on March 17, 2013
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Completely devoid of facts. Hanging on failed principals and false assumptions. I wouldn't recommend this to my most ardent conservative friends.
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