Ted Honderich Conservatism

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An analysis of conservatism in which the author discusses whether the conservatives are in favour of reform but against change. He asks if it is the political tradition that defends freedom above all and what is its moral worth? The adversaries of conservatism - traditional liberals, democratic socialists and Marxists have elaborated their own beliefs, fought amongst themselves and disdained Conservatism. They have not found their way by analysis to a true understanding of the politics that was given its first and greatest expression in Edmund Burke's masterpiece of invective "Reflections on the Revolution in France", and has most recently issued in the evangelism of the New Right. Honderich contends that Conservatives for their part have not only refused to sum themselves up but have made it a principle not to reduce their politics to a principle. The author's most recent book is "A Theory of Determinism".

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Ted Honderich is the Grote Professor Emeritus of the Philosophy of Mind and Logic at University College London and the author of many books.

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'A powerful critique of the major beliefs of modern Conservatism.' --Bhikhu Parekh, New Statesman  'The whole book must be read. Indeed, only the final page, like a good detective story, brings with it the full philosophical discovery.' --Observer  'A tumultuous onslaught ... a substantial piece of work.' -- The Times, London

'Honderich's polemic has considerable force.' -- Financial Times

'Relentlessly, fiercely argued.' -- Philosophical Books

'[A powerful critique of the major beliefs of modern conservatism.' -- New Statesman

'[An extended analysis of conservative political theory by an eminent radical philosopher.' -- Utilitas

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