Political Theory

Liberty, Politics, and the Moral Life: The Realist Mind of Kenneth Minogue, Essays, Reviews, and Pamphlets


The colloquium examined works by the conservative political philosopher Kenneth Minogue (1932–2013), who wrote widely on modernity, politics, and the moral life, addressing the thoughts of Thomas Hobbes and Niccolò Machiavelli as well as twentieth-century philosophers including John Rawls, Karl Popper, Friedrich Hayek, and Michael Oakeshott.


Conference Readings

Minogue, Kenneth. The Liberal Mind. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1963.

Minogue, Kenneth. The Servile Mind: How Democracy Erodes the Moral Life. New York: Encounter Books, 2010.

Minogue, Kenneth. “From Precision to Peace; Hobbes and Political Language.” Hobbes Studies 3, no. 1 (1990): 75-88.

Minogue, Kenneth. “Oakeshott and the Idea of Freedom.” Quadrant (October 1975): 77-84.

Minogue, Kenneth. “Politics and morality in the thought of Karl Popper.” Government and Opposition 30, no. 1 (January 1995): 74-85.

Minogue, Kenneth. “Relativism on the Banks of the Isis.” Government and Opposition 18, no. 3 (1983 July): 359-366.

Minogue, Kenneth. “On the Fashionable Idea of National Guilt.” The American Scholar 39, no. 2 (Spring 1970): 211-218.

Minogue, Kenneth. Conservative Realism: New Essays in Conservatism. London: HarperCollins, 1996.

Minogue, Kenneth. “Conservatism & the morality of impulse.” The New Criterion 26 (January 2008): 8-13.

Minogue, Kenneth. “How civilizations fall.” The New Criterion 19 (April 2001): 1-9.

Minogue, Kenneth. “Democracy and the welfare state.” Centre for Independent Studies 61 (1997): 1-16.

Minogue, Kenneth. “Democracy as a telos.” Social Philosophy and Policy 17, no. 1 (Winter 2000): 203-225.

Minogue, Kenneth. “Freedom as a skill.” Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture Series 15 (March 1983): 197-215.

Minogue, Kenneth. “Social Justice and the metaphor of gaps.” Krakowskie Studia Miedzynarodowe (2007): 61-67.

Minogue, Kenneth. “The egalitarian conceit: false and true equalities.” Centre for Policy Studies (1989): 1-26.

Minogue, Kenneth. Are the British a servile people? Idealism and the EU. London: The Bruges Group, 2008.

Minogue, Kenneth. Alien Powers: The Pure Theory of Ideology. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1985.