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Single Idea 22838

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 3. Conservatism]

Full Idea

Were it true that rational discussion of values is impossible, then a conservative attitude would seem to be the only viable position. Some set of common values is necessary to maintain the unity of a political society.

Gist of Idea

Societies need shared values, so conservatism is right if rational discussion of values is impossible


John Charvet (Liberalism: the basics [2019], 07)

Book Reference

Charvet,John: 'Liberalism: the basics' [Routledge 2019], p.73

A Reaction

Better to say that the less values can be both discussed and changed the stronger is the case for a degree of conservatism. Conservatives tend to favour values asserted by authority, rather than by popular (undiscussed) consensus.