Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Philosophy and Public Affairs
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© 2012 Daniel Carson Evans
This paper examines and ultimately objects to a version of political Conservatism as described in Geoffrey Brennan and Alan Hamlin’s paper “Analytic Conservatism.” Brennan and Hamlin’s argument makes several claims about economic forecasting and societal risk-aversion that ultimately uphold the status quo within society. This paper examines these claims and refutes them, while also considering counter-arguments Brennan and Hamlin could use to defend their theory. In conclusion, this paper supports the analytic dimension of Brennan and Hamlin’s theory while criticizing the trivial and arbitrary nature of valuing the status quo.
Evans, Daniel Carson, "Disputing an Analytic Construct of Philosophical Conservatism" (2012). CMC Senior Theses. 539.
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