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You can see more of Nisbet’s books on the Books I Like page.
This is a lecture I gave some time ago–an introduction to the life and thought of this very 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 start. He is a generally thought of as 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 I highly recommend Robert Nisbet. Start with this lecture and then read the Quest for Community