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Sanford Levinson, Melissa Williams, and Joel Parker

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479812370

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479812370.001.0001

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An Interpretation of American Conservative Thought: Political Issues, Conceptual Differences, and Attitudinal Disjunctions

An Interpretation of American Conservative Thought: Political Issues, Conceptual Differences, and Attitudinal Disjunctions

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(p.55) 2 An Interpretation of American Conservative Thought: Political Issues, Conceptual Differences, and Attitudinal Disjunctions
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American Conservatism
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David Sidorsky

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479812370.003.0002

This chapter aims to interpret American Conservative thought, clarifying the concepts and attitudes that form the background for the political controversies that take place on issues of the Conservative agenda within American political life. In reflecting upon the agenda of political issues, the analysis of American Conservatism has conventionally been divided into three parts: Social Conservatism, Economic Conservatism, and Conservatism in foreign policy with its priority of protection of the national interest. To a degree, Social Conservatism is related to differing interpretations of the concept of liberty, Economic Conservatism is related to differing interpretations of the concept of equality, and Conservatism in foreign policy with its priority of protection of the national interest is related to differing interpretations or to alternative developments of the concept of fraternity.

Keywords:   American Conservative thought, Social Conservatism, Economic Conservatism, Conservatism, liberty, equality, fraternity

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