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“Dr. Byrne has tackled a much needed area of Edmund Burke’s thought, namely, the ‘moral imagination.’ He has, to my mind, successfully explored, from several vantage points, almost every conceivable aspect of Burke’s use of and reference to the imagination, both moral and otherwise. In doing so, he takes scholarship to a neglected area of Burke’s thought with considerable implications for subsequent interpretations of his political philosophy and thought.”—Joseph Pappin, III, University of South Carolina, editor of Studies in Burke and His Time.
“There is much insight in this book regarding the role of history and habit in shaping individuals, groups, and societies, and especially the distinction between casuistry and character development in Burke's thought. These points make this study stand out from the ‘pragmatic’ readings of Burke, which make him seem un- or even anti-philosophical, as well as the more strict natural law reading.” - Bruce Frohnen, Associate Professor Law, Ohio Northern University College of Law
“This is a timely and provocative contribution, not only to Burke studies, but to contemporary political thought and recent intellectual history in the United States.” - Ian Crowe, Associate Professor of History at Brewton-Parker College, Georgia, and director of the Edmund Burke Society of America.
"Byrne's prose is highly readable, and his reading of Burke both plausible and illuminating." –National Review
"By focusing on Burke's imagination, Byrne illuminates the core of Burke's political theory, his intuitive conception of life. What is especially remarkable about the book is that it analyzes a complex topic in lucid prose and relates Burke's ideas to contemporary political and social life. Consequently, Byrne has provided an analysis of Burke that is both weighty enough for the expert and acessible to general readers." - Michael P. Federici, Professor of Political Science at Mercyhurst College.