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Conservatism, epistemology and value

Conservatism, epistemology and value
Conservatism, epistemology and value
A series of recent papers has discussed whether conservatism has a distinct set of values (substantive), or whether it consists in an attitude to shared values (adjectival). This paper argues that adjectival conservatism is a genuine type of conservatism, consistent with the Burkean tradition, in accordance with the idea that conservatism is concerned with change, and arguable using public reason. A version of adjectival conservatism derived from epistemological scepticism, consisting of a knowledge principle and a change principle, is presented. It is shown to (a) be resistant to arguments that adjectival conservatism is not a genuine type of conservatism, and (b) contain a distinct ideological programme, and not be restricted to a mere commentary on the activities of other ideologues.
conservatism, risk, scepticism, epistemology, innovation
0026-9662
423-440
O'Hara, Kieron
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O'Hara, Kieron
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O'Hara, Kieron (2016) Conservatism, epistemology and value. [in special issue: Conservatism] The Monist, 99 (4), 423-440. (doi:10.1093/monist/onw014).

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A series of recent papers has discussed whether conservatism has a distinct set of values (substantive), or whether it consists in an attitude to shared values (adjectival). This paper argues that adjectival conservatism is a genuine type of conservatism, consistent with the Burkean tradition, in accordance with the idea that conservatism is concerned with change, and arguable using public reason. A version of adjectival conservatism derived from epistemological scepticism, consisting of a knowledge principle and a change principle, is presented. It is shown to (a) be resistant to arguments that adjectival conservatism is not a genuine type of conservatism, and (b) contain a distinct ideological programme, and not be restricted to a mere commentary on the activities of other ideologues.

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Accepted/In Press date: 15 April 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 1 October 2016
Published date: 1 October 2016
Keywords: conservatism, risk, scepticism, epistemology, innovation
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 393303
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/393303
ISSN: 0026-9662
PURE UUID: 554c48b0-f578-4de6-a50f-951eadb99058
ORCID for Kieron O'Hara: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9051-4456

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Date deposited: 25 Apr 2016 15:31
Last modified: 17 Dec 2019 06:51

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