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In The Shadows: Conservative Epistemology and Ideological Value

Blackburn, Dean



This article intervenes in the debate about the nature of conservatism. Some contributors to this debate have claimed that this ideology can be defined as an adjectival disposition. They claim, that is, that a conservative possesses an attitude towards shared values rather than a distinct set of substantive values. The following discussion interrogates this account of conservatism and concludes that it can only be coherent if we ignore the epistemological limits of conservative thinking.


Blackburn, D. (2022). In The Shadows: Conservative Epistemology and Ideological Value. Political Studies Review, 20(3), 433-447.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 13, 2021
Online Publication Date Jun 11, 2021
Publication Date 2022-08
Deposit Date Apr 16, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jun 11, 2021
Journal Political Studies Review
Print ISSN 1478-9299
Electronic ISSN 1478-9302
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 3
Pages 433-447
Keywords Political Science and International Relations; Sociology and Political Science
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