Practical Conservatism

Geoffrey Brennan, Alan Hamlin

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We explore the extent to which general considerations about the nature of social and political organization and the role of conventions in political life might provide a defence for the systematic status-quo orientation that we take to characterize conservatism. We term this strand of conservative thought “practical conservatism” because the conservatism in question is a practical response to certain facts about human society rather than deriving from any specifically conservative value or conservative attitude towards values.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)336-351
JournalThe Monist
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2017


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