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Keywords:

  • conservatism;
  • ideology

Modern conservatism is the product of a gradual merger between traditional holism and liberal individualism. As a result, what we now call conservative thought embodies a number of contradictory values and principles. Even individual conservatives find it hard to be consistent, with some, for example, proclaiming their reverence both for national traditions and for universal moral truths. The books reviewed in this article illustrate the remarkable diversity of conservative ideology, though the article concludes by arguing that the familiar distinction between ‘left’ and ‘right’ remains valid.

Bunce, R. E. R. (2009) Thomas Hobbes. London: Continuum. Vol. 1.

Mack, E. (2009) John Locke. London: Continuum. Vol. 2.

Berry, C. J. (2009) David Hume. London: Continuum. Vol. 3.

Medearis, J. (2009) Joseph A. Schumpeter. London: Continuum. Vol. 4.

Gregg, S. (2009) The Modern Papacy. London: Continuum. Vol. 5.

O'Keefe, D. (2010) Edmund Burke. London: Continuum. Vol.6.

Kahan, A. S. (2010) Alexis de Tocqueville. London: Continuum. Vol. 7.

Neill, E. (2010) Michael Oakeshott. London: Continuum. Vol. 8.

Alves, A. A. and Moreira, J. M. (2010) The Salamanca School. London: Continuum. Vol. 9.

Gladstein, M. R. (2010) Ayn Rand. London: Continuum. Vol. 10.

All volumes included in the series ‘Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers’, edited by John Meadowcroft.