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Conservatism: Conservatism is a political and social ideology favoring traditional values, institutions, and gradual societal change. It emphasizes the preservation of established customs, institutions, and principles, advocating for limited government intervention, free markets, and the importance of individual responsibility.
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Anthony Quinton on Conservatism - Dictionary of Arguments

Gaus I 421
Conservatism/Quinton/Weinstein: According to Anthony Quinton (1993)(1), conservatism is a continuous tradition stretching back to Burke and culminating in Michael Oakeshott, whom Quinton considers the only philosophically interesting twentieth-century English conservative.
For Quinton, three doctrines characterize this tradi-tion. >Society/Oakeshott.
1) (...) conservatives fear precipitous change, preferring continuity in existing political practices
and institutions.
2) (...) they are deeply sceptical about the possibilities of political knowledge, preferring the purported political wisdom accumulated in established laws, institutions and moral conventions. 3) (...) conservatives view individuals as organically constituted by the societies in which they live. Universal human nature does not exist, making systematic political theory illusory and
self-defeating (1993(1): 244-5, 252).

1. Quinton, Anthony ( 1993) ' Conservatism'. In Robert Goodin and Philip Pettit, eds, A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy. Oxford: Blackwell, 244-68.

Weinstein, David 2004. „English Political Theory in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century“. In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Quinton, Anthony
Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004

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