This is a lecture I gave a while back on this important and thoughtful sociologist and social philosopher. I was having dinner the other night and Nisbet came up in conversation and so I thought I’d put this lecture up on the blog.
If you don’t know Nisbet’s work I highly recommend it and this lecture would be a good summary introduction. He is considered a type of communitarian thinker, but influenced by Burke and Tocqueville and not Rousseau like most communitarians–that is, he doesn’t reduce community to the political community. He thinks Rousseau’s statism and destruction of local communities has been a disaster for human flourishing
If you want to get a better picture on a lot of what is going on in the current political order and some ideas about how to think about it Nisbet is a reliable guide. Start with this lecture and then read the Quest for Community
You can see more of Nisbet’s books on the Books I Like page.
Outline and Summary
Below is an outline and summary of my lecture. Download and print to make it easier to follow along.