Toward a Thoughtful Conservatism

Seminar Description:

It can be difficult to find sources of inspiration or aspiration if you feel at all friendly to aspects of conservative thinking these days, especially if you want better intellectual resources for political conservatism.  Part of the challenge is figuring out what one wants to conserve, and what might be involved in developing an intellectually grounded view about how to go about conserving it.  It is hard to know how to build bridges in thought and policy toward fruitful and reasonable compromise, how relations between people and ideas can help, where and why to draw lines, and how to find place for tradition in a complex and shifting social and political situation.  Edmund Burke—the late 18th century Irish writer and political thinker poised between the American Revolution (which he supported) and the French Revolution (which he did not)—drew on philosophically informed historical understanding to develop strands of thought and argument that can help.

David Brooks and Candace Vogler will lead a series of webinar conversations focused on the first part of Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France aimed at using Burke as an aid in moving toward a thoughtful conservatism.

Seminar Details:

The seminar will meet at 1 PM EDT (12pm CDT) May 25th, June 1st and June 8th.

To participate, please register here. You will be asked to register for each session that you plan to attend.
Those who need a copy of Reflections on the Revolution in France can view a copy here. The webinar will focus on part one.

For issues registering for the series, obtaining the reading, or any other questions, please contact Zack Loveless, zloveless at

Seminar Leaders:

Candace Vogler
David E. and Clara B. Stern Professor of Philosophy
University of Chicago

David Brooks
The New York Times Columnist
University of Chicago Alumnus and University of Chicago Trustee