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Finding Oneself in the Other$
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G. A. Cohen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691148809

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691148809.001.0001

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Rescuing Conservatism: A Defense of Existing Value

Rescuing Conservatism: A Defense of Existing Value

(p.143) Chapter Eight Rescuing Conservatism: A Defense of Existing Value
Finding Oneself in the Other

G. A. Cohen

, Michael Otsuka
Princeton University Press

This chapter explores modes of finding oneself in the other. The conservatism defended here is Hegelian: in each of three cases that this chapter distinguishes—namely, that of accepting the given, of valuing the valuable, and of valuing the valued—the subject is at peace with the object. For decades, the author has harbored strongly conservative, that is, strongly small-c conservative, opinions, on many matters that are not matters of justice. This chapter is thus meant to mount exposition and the beginnings of a defense of what Cohen believes to be his widely, although perhaps not universally, shared, conservative attitude.

Keywords:   conservatism, small-c conservative, intrinsic value, personal value, large-C Conservative, G.W.F. Hegel

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