The quintessential conservative thinker. [Book review of:] 'The soul of the world', and 'On human nature', by Roger Scruton

Murphy, Peter (2020) The quintessential conservative thinker. [Book review of:] 'The soul of the world', and 'On human nature', by Roger Scruton. The European Legacy, 25 (6). pp. 687-691.

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[Extract] Roger Scruton is the most important conservative thinker of his generation. He was trained in the tradition of analytic philosophy and traces of that formative experience are still evident decades later in his style of argumentation. But the deeper influence on him are centuries of Anglophone conservative social thinking and aesthetic criticism. This intellectual current began with Edmund Burke. It is a particular way of looking at the modern world. It asks how one can live in the middle of modernity’s ceaseless change and yet retain a strong sense of permanence and durability. The conservative is not indifferent to society’s changes but weighs these carefully. The key is to consider the degree to which change contributes to the deeper human need for continuity and durability.

Item ID: 64015
Item Type: Article (Book Review)
ISSN: 1084-8770
Keywords: Roger Scruton; soul; human nature; conservative; conservatism
Copyright Information: © 2019 International Society for the Study of European Ideas
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2021 11:07
FoR Codes: 22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2203 Philosophy > 220309 Metaphysics @ 50%
22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2203 Philosophy > 220319 Social Philosophy @ 50%
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