Themes: Introduction to the basic tenets of conservatism; general definitions; ideology and anti-ideology; the nature of politics and its relationship to human nature, sociability, and the conditions for human happiness; the place of tradition; the Anglo-American tradition of private property and limited political authority; transcendent reference points and the requisite conditions of ordered liberty.
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Bk. 2
Kirk, Russell. “What Is Conservatism?,” The Essential Russell Kirk (p. 4-22)
Kirk, Russell. “Aristotle and Political Forms,” The Roots of American Order (p. 86-95)
Kirk, Russell. “The Idea of Conservatism,” The Conservative Mind
Nichols, Mary. “Citizens, Statesmen, and Modern Political Theory,” Citizens and Statesmen: A Study of Aristotle’s Politics (p. 169-176)