This is a new edition of a classic work by one of the world's leading progressive political philosophers. Ted Honderich examines ideology and reality in British and American politics
in order to establish the true distinctions of conservatism.
Conservatives often claim to believe in reform, but not change, to rely on instinct rather than abstract theories. So what is the conservative rationale? Does conservatism have a philosophical founding principle that unifies it?
Ted Honderich's search for the fundamental principle of conservatism is an enlightening one. He examines influential thinkers in the conservative tradition, from Edmund Burke and Adam Smith to Michael Oakeshott and Robert Nozick. He brings rigorous analytic philosophy to bear on the Republican party in the United States, and the Conservative party and the New Labour party in Britain.
Ted Honderich is Grote is Professor Emeritus at University College London and author of numerous books on philosophy including After the Terror (EUP, 2002), How Free Are You? (OUP, 2001), editor of The Philosophers (OUP, 2001) and Conservatism (Pluto, 2005).
Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Change And Reform 2. Theory, Other Thinking, Incentives 3. Human Nature, Dealing With It 4. Freedoms 5. Governments 6. Societies 7. Equalities 8. Desert, Conclusions Notes Index