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ELECTRONIC JOURNAL FOR PHILOSOPHY - ISSN 1211-0442

Conservatism vs. Neoconservatism: A Philosophical Analysis (2015)


Author: J. Kerwick

Email: jackk610@verizon.net

Affiliation: Burlington County College, USA

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Department of Philosophy
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Pemberton, New Jersey 08068


Article type: Standard scientific article

Section: Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

Language: language


Abstract (english):

In the world of contemporary American politics, the “conservative movement” continues to figure prominently as a force that is, for all practical purposes, inseparable from the Republican Party. As the 2016 presidential election cycle gets under way, well over a dozen Republican contenders are laboring tirelessly to establish their “conservative” bona fides. In truth, however, neither the “conservative” movement nor most “conservative” politicians are conservative at all. Rather, they are neoconservative, and between neoconservatism and traditional or classical conservatism there is all of the difference, a difference in kind. In this paper, I cite both scholarly and popular representatives of both traditions of thought to show that each depends upon epistemological, ontological, and ethical-political suppositions that are not only fundamentally distinct from, but radically at odds with, those of the other.



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