The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot

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Regnery Publishing, Sep 1, 2001 - Social Science - 534 pages
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The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk is arguably one of the greatest contributions to twentieth-century American Conservatism. Brilliant in every respect, from its conception to its choice of significant figures representing the history of intellectual conservatism, The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk launched the modern American Conservative Movement. A must-read.
 

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An important exploration of conservative thought. Russel touches on the words and ideas of conservatives beginning with Edmund Burke going on to Coleridge and the Romantics and through to some mid ... Read full review

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Contents

The Idea of Conservatism
3
Burke and the Politics of Prescription
12
2 The radical system
23
3 Providence and veneration
28
4 Prejudice and prescription
37
5 The rights of civil social man
47
6 Equality and aristocracy
58
7 The principle of order
64
society and sin
250
Conservatism with Imagination Disraeli and Newman
260
2 Disraeli and Tory loyalties
266
the sources of knowledge and the idea of education
279
Bagehot
294
Legal and Historical Conservatism a Time of Foreboding
298
2 Stephen on the ends of life and politics
304
status and contract
315

John Adams and Liberty Under Law
71
2 Alexander Hamilton
75
3 Fisher Ames vaticinations
80
4 John Adams as psychologist
86
5 The aristocracy of nature
93
6 American constitutions
98
7 Marshall and the metamorphosis of federalism
110
Romantics and Utilitarians
114
2 Canning and enlightened conservatism
124
3 Coleridge and conservative ideas
133
4 The triumph of abstraction
146
Southern Conservatism Randolph and Calhoun
150
2 Randolph on the peril of positive legislation
155
Calhoun
168
4 The valor of the South
181
Liberal Conservatives Macaulay Cooper Tocqueville
185
2 Macaulay on democracy
188
3 Fenimore Cooper and a gentlemans America
197
4 Tocqueville on democratic despotism
204
5 Democratic prudence
216
Transitional Conservatism New England Sketches
225
his aspirations and his failure
231
3 The illusions of transcendentalism
240
4 Brownson on the conservative power of Catholicism
245
illiberal democracy
327
Conservatism Frustrated America 18651918
337
2 James Russell Lowells perplexities
341
3 Godkin on democratic opinion
348
4 Henry Adams on the degradation of the democratic dogma
356
5 Brooks Adams and a world of terrible energies
366
English Conservatism Adrift the Twentieth Century
375
2 George Gissing and the Nether World
380
his spiritual conservatism and the tide of socialism
387
a conservative synthesis
396
5 A dreary conservatism between wars
410
Critical Conservatism Babbitt More Santayana
415
the higher will in a democracy
419
3 Paul Elmer More on justice and faith
432
4 George Santayana buries liberalism
443
5 America in search of ideas
453
Conservatives Promise
457
2 The new elite
466
3 Scholar confronts intellectual
475
4 The conservative as poet
491
NOTES
503
A Select Bibliography
515
INDEX
525
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Russell Kirk (1918-1994) was the author of The Conservative Mind; Eliot and His Age; The Roots of American Order; and twenty-six other books in several fields. He was the president of two educational foundations, editor of the quarterly University Bookman, recipient of several literary awards, and visiting distinguished professor on both sides of the Atlantic.

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