Arguing Conservatism

Four Decades of the Intercollegiate Review

Mark C. Henrie

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“Full of excellent pieces on various aspects of intellectual conservatism.” —Rod Dreher


Arguing Conservatism is an invaluable companion for the thoughtful conservative. It features foundational essays by dozens of eminent thinkers from the past half century, including Robert Bork, Cleanth Brooks, Robert Conquest, Ludwig von Mises, Robert Nisbet, Roger Scruton, Leo Strauss, Eric Voegelin, and Robert Penn Warren. 


Ranging across the disciplines—from political theory, philosophy, and economics to strategic studies, cultural criticism, and belles lettres—Arguing Conservatism shows the American conservative mind at its most thoughtful.

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Featuring foundational essays ranging across the disciplines—from political theory, philosophy, and economics to strategic studies, cultural criticism, and belles lettres—the Intercollegiate Review has been since 1965 one of the central organs of American conservative intellectual life. Many of the most serious thinkers on the right have appeared in the IR, and some of the most important theoretical debates in American conservatism have played out in its pages.

At once sophisticated, penetrating, profound, and humane, the IR has consistently reflected the American conservative mind at its most thoughtful. From the Cold War and the Woodstock generation to the war on terror and the revolution in biotechnology, this collection of the IR’s best essays from its first four decades constitutes a chronicle of contemporary American history as seen from the right.

Arguing Conservatism includes essays by dozens of eminent thinkers, including Robert Bork, Cleanth Brooks, Robert Conquest, Ludwig von Mises, Robert Nisbet, Roger Scruton, Leo Strauss, Eric Voegelin, and Robert Penn Warren.

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Format Hardcover
Pages 1100
Publisher ISI Books
What They're Saying...

“Full of excellent pieces on various aspects of intellectual conservatism, all from a more or less traditionalist standpoint.”
Rod Dreher

“ISI has released another gem of a book. Its flagship publication The Intercollegiate Review has been appearing for 40 years and more, and now finally has a compilation of its rich content equal to its stature. Hardly a conservative luminary has failed to appear in this journal, and in this volume the editor gives us an excellent sample, evidencing the breadth and depth of subjects assayed. Highly recommended.”
Paul Cella, What’s Wrong With the World

“In his introduction to Arguing Conservatism, Mark C. Henrie explains that the purpose of the Review is to determine ‘what could be conserved and how’ in modern times. The underlying premise of each excellent essay is that modernity—with its glorification of technology and its deification of man—has not only fashioned false idols but has also exiled traditional sources of meaning and truth. . . . This anthology’s strength lies in its role as a liaison between the airy, sometimes impractical world of philosophy and the very real world of political life. Each essayist demonstrates that political ills have underlying metaphysical and theological causes. . . . Henrie’s question—‘What could be conserved and how?’—is answered, at least in part: conserve transcendent man. The ‘how’ business is trickier. Warren, in his essay, provides a modest proposal. He writes, ‘I am not saying that if we read a few good books we can save the country. But I am saying that they might help wake us to the fullness of our own nature, for good and evil.’ Arguing Conservatism may well be one of those books that help to wake us up.”
Emily Esfahani-Smith, The New Criterion

“An ideal political companion for the intellectual conservative in academia. Arguing Conservatism is an academic conservative’s best friend, highly recommended.”
The Midwest Review of Books

ISBN 1933859512
ISBN13 9781933859514
Eligible for Readers Club Discount Yes

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