Scruton argues that the tragedies and disasters of the history of the European continent have been the consequences of a false optimism and the fallacies that derive from it.
In place of these fallacies, Scruton mounts a passionate defence of both civil society and freedom.
He shows that the true legacy of European civilisation is not the false idealisms that have almost destroyed it - in the shapes of Nazism, fascism and communism - but the culture of forgiveness and irony which we must now protect from those whom it offends.
The Uses of Pessimism is a passionate plea for reason and responsibility, written at a time of profound change.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 01/02/2012
- Category: Western philosophy, from c 1900 -
- ISBN: 9781848872011