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Mindful Conservatism: Rethinking the Ideological and Educational Basis of an Ecologically Sustainable Future


reviewed by Danita LaSage — 2004

coverTitle: Mindful Conservatism: Rethinking the Ideological and Educational Basis of an Ecologically Sustainable Future
Author(s): Chet A. Bowers
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 0742533212, Pages: 193, Year: 2003
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“Conservative” is not the same as “conservationist” – but it should be.  That seems to be the basic premise of Chet A. Bowers’ latest book, Mindful Conservatism: Rethinking the Ideological and Educational Basis of an Ecologically Sustainable Future. In keeping with that single overarching thought, Bowers has written an entire book that is largely devoted to discussing various ways in which the term “conservative” is used (two examples: politics and education) and to applying the argument that the term is incorrectly applied in each case.  Confucius, Bowers reminds us, warned that if we are to rectify our relationships, we must first rectify our language, and he devotes considerable energy and effort towards that end.   True conservatives, writes Bowers, are followers of 1700s thinker Edmund Burke, founder of modern philosophical conservatism.  True conservatism, Burkean conservatism, is marked by two major tenets: first, reforms must contribute to the well-being of the community; and second, present generations have a responsibility to past and future generations (p. 9).  His discussion of Burkean conservatism... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 884-886
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11254, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 10:10:32 AM

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  • Danita LaSage
    Eastern Kentucky University
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    DANITA LaSAGE is an environmental geologist at Eastern Kentucky University with research interests in water quality and groundwater/surface-water interactions.
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