Toward Pragmatic Conservatism

  • Allen MendenhallEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism book series (PASTCL)


Where do pragmatism and conservatism intersect? What does pragmatism offer conservatives? Following Seth Vannatta, I argue that, as a methodology, pragmatism concerns itself with the situated, the embedded, the contextual, the experiential, the fallible, the social, and the customary. Chief among its concerns is lived experience. It recalls philosophical modes associated with Michael Oakeshott, Edmund Burke, F. A. Hayek, and Russell Kirk. This chapter explains and evaluates Vannatta’s arguments about pragmatism and conservatism with an eye toward animating a pragmatic conservative tradition within libertarianism.


Pragmatism Conservatism Seth Vannatta Pluralism Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Thomas Goode Jones School of LawFaulkner UniversityMontgomeryUSA

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