Political Science 1020E Lecture 3: Lecture notes - Conservatism 1 – Nov 10

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Conservatism is born as a reaction to the french revolution. Never tear down a fence without knowing why it"s there . An organic conception of society and the state: we are formed by our social institutions, evolve and change organically. Liberals for rational justification and transparency, against superstition and tradition. Kant to be enlightened is to be aware of our own curiosity- it is to be to know . Conservatives: suspicious of reason, favour sentiment over scrutiny. Classical conservatives: hierarchy, tradition, anti-revolution, flawed human beings. Contemporary conservatives: small government, free markets, strong military. Was in favour of conciliation with the colonies in america. Predicted in 1790 almost everything that would happen would end with the destruction of the church, the murder of the royals, and eventual stability due to military dictator. Against the revolutionaries" views of human nature, society, freedom, and government. We are creatures of habit, custom, and tradition: we follow our feelings rather than reason.

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