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Lecture #5A Conservatism - In some senses it is difficult to define Conservatism as a theory - It implies the desire to conserve o That there is value in tradition - But the specific institutions that are traditional differ according to time and place - Nevertheless, the conservative hypothesis is that deference to tradition is important - But why is tradition valuable? Edmund Burke - Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1790 - What will the French Revolution look like in practice: o “Liberty, Fraternity, Equality” or Tyranny? - Will the attempt to reconstruct society on more enlightened lines result in a more enlightened and just society? - Burke suggests that the Revolution will end in despotism - In fact, revolutionary plans of any type are likely to end in violence and turmoil - Why? - We must consider society and what holds it together What is society? - An organic conception of society - Society is better seen as a living organism than as a mere collection of individuals -

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