Why the post-Liberal Right needs a Philosophy (and Philosophers) of Right

Post-Liberal thought at the present state of its art is a heterogeneous mess, a jumble of scattered critiques, arguments, analyses, and insights that seem to lack inner coherence; a crowd of particulars that await being gathered in a formal synthesis under a set of explicit and general abstract principles and thus given rigorous systematic unity comparable to that of a body of law (juridical or scientific; law is law). In some ways this is perfectly fitting for a movement that, after all, is congenitally suspicious of legalism and extols the virtue of traditional ways of living governed by a multiplicity of local manners, customs, and usages whose origins nobody can remember (cf. Max Weber’s “eternal yesterday”), time-honoured conventions and treaties, and unspoken gentlemen’s agreements which constitute the etiquette that keeps the peace between potentially belligerent men and institutes a usual way of doing things that strikes everybody as reasonable and fair. Read more