The philosophical background of conservatism and neoconservatism

The Conference took place in the Faculty of Letters during the months of November and December 2006.

The aim of the conference was to study in depth the intellectual background of one of the main ideological currents of today, explaining the philosophical foundations of neoconservatism, studying the arguments put forward by the philosophers who inspired neoconservatism, contrasting the reading made by philosophers who inspired the neoconservatism of certain classical authors of philosophy and contrasting neoconservatism with classical conservatism, with which they present a diffuse or tense relationship, and with political liberalism.

The programme of the Conference was as follows:

Friday 10th November

  • Some difficulties of conservatism regarding M. Oakeshott, by Joan Vergés (UdG)
  • Carl Schmitt, Hobbes interpreter: use or abuse? by José Olesti (UdG)
  • Leo Strauss and the Overcoming of the Liberal Horizon (1932-1935), by Josep M. Ruiz-Simon (UdG)
  • About Ernst Jünger, the machine and the symbols, by Ramon Alcoberro (UdG)
  • The discussion between A. Kojève and L. Strauss, by Josep Maria Esquirol
  • Cons versus neocons: the return of Fukuyama, by Josep Maria Terricabras (UdG)


Tuesday, 21st November

Thursday, 30th November

Tuesday, December 5th

  • Neoconservatism-a new radicalism on the Right, byJohn Gray (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Friday, 16th March 2007

  • Tres conservadurismos, by Miguel Herrero y Rodríguez de Miñón (Member of the Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences)

The papers were published in the book Cons i neocons: el rerefons filosòficSee here the press dossier.