Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition Audiobook, by Roger Scruton Play Audiobook Sample

Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition Audiobook

Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition Audiobook, by Roger Scruton Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Mark Meadows Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781427298416

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Longest Chapter Length:

53:24 minutes

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03:50 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

39:46 minutes

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Publisher Description

This program includes an introduction read by the author. A brief, magisterial audiobook introduction to the conservative tradition by one of Britain’s leading intellectuals. In Conservatism, Roger Scruton offers listeners an invitation into the world of political philosophy by explaining the history and evolution of the conservative movement over the centuries. With the clarity and authority of a gifted teacher, he discusses the ideology's perspective on civil society, the rule of law, freedom, morality, property, rights, and the role of the state. In a time when many claim that conservatives lack a unified intellectual belief system, this book makes a very strong case to the contrary, one that politically-minded listeners will find compelling and refreshing. Scruton analyzes the origins and development of conservatism through the philosophies and thoughts of John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, David Hume, Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, Friedrich Hayek, and Milton Friedman, among others. He shows how conservative ideas have influenced the political sector through the careers of a diverse cast of politicians, such as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Disraeli, Calvin Coolidge, Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. He also takes a close look at the changing relationship between conservative politics, capitalism, and free markets in both the UK and the US. This clear, incisive guide is essential listening for anyone wishing to understand Western politics and policies, now and over the last three centuries.

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“Reading Scruton is to take delight in his clarity of expression and linguistic economy, and it’s to feel as though you’re in the hands of a guide who is unafraid of doubts and uncertainties.”

— Standpoint, praise for the author 


  • “Roger Scruton is that rarest of things: a first-rate philosopher who actually has a philosophy…one of the few intellectually authoritative voices in modern British conservatism.”

    — The Spectator, praise for the author

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About Roger Scruton

Roger Scruton is a writer and philosopher who has published more than forty books in philosophy, aesthetics, and politics. He is a fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Literature. Scruton teaches in both England and America and is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC. He is currently teaching philosophy at the University of Buckingham.

About Mark Meadows

Mark Meadows is an actor and audiobook narrator. He can be heard on the radio broadcasts of Lost Souls and The Worst Journey in the World, both first aired for BBC Radio. On television, he has appeared as Reverend Wallace in EastEnders. He also has extensive credits as a composer and arranger.