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Conservatism and Critique

Simon During

in Against Democracy

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780823242542
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823242580 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823242542.003.0004
Conservatism and Critique

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This chapter argues that since democracy and capitalism have now become insurpassable, and since critique is no longer available to us as a strong form of thought, the history of conservatism offers possibilities for thinking against the times. Conservatism, it contends, is a resource for the left not just (perhaps even more than) for the right. In that spirit, it offers a revisionist and summary account of conservatism in relation to literary and cultural theory. It focuses largely on Karl Mannheim and Carl Schmitt's very significant 1920s work on conservatism and democracy.

Keywords: Conservatism; Karl Mannheim; Carl Schmitt; critique; Adorno

Chapter.  8321 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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