Edmund Burke: A Genius Reconsidered / Edition 3

Edmund Burke: A Genius Reconsidered / Edition 3

by Russell Kirk
     
 

Russell Kirk was a leading figure in the post-World War II revival of American interest in Edmund Burke. Today, no one who takes seriously the problems of society dares remain indifferent to "the first conservative of our time of troubles." In Russell Kirk's words: "Burke's ideas interest anyone nowadays, including men bitterly dissenting from his conclusions. If… See more details below

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Russell Kirk was a leading figure in the post-World War II revival of American interest in Edmund Burke. Today, no one who takes seriously the problems of society dares remain indifferent to "the first conservative of our time of troubles." In Russell Kirk's words: "Burke's ideas interest anyone nowadays, including men bitterly dissenting from his conclusions. If conservatives would know what they defend, Burke is their touchstone; and if radicals wish to test the temper of their opposition, they should turn to Burke." Kirk unfolds Burke's philosophy, showing how it revealed itself in concrete historical situations during the eighteenth century and how Burke, through his philosophy, "speaks to our age. "This volume makes vivid the four great struggles in the life of Burke: his efforts to reconcile England with the American colonies; his involvement in cutting down the domestic power of George III; his prosecution of Warren Hastings, the Governor-General of India; and his resistance to Jacobinism, the French Revolution's "armed doctrine."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781882926176
Publisher:
ISI Books
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
285
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.57(h) x 1.12(d)
Lexile:
1320L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Dr. Kirk was one of this century's foremost men of letters. He was the founder of the conservative quarterlies Modern Age and The University Bookman. The Conservative Mind, Edmund Burke, The Roots of American Order, Enemies of the Permanent Things, and Eliot and His Age  are among his over thirty books.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Prefatory Note
Selected Events in the Life of Edmund Burke
How Dead Is Burke?1
From Letters to Politics18
Conciliation and Prudence41
Reforming Party and Government66
India and Justice97
The Verge of the Abyss123
A Revolution of Theoretic Dogma145
The Defense of Civilization169
Never Succumb to the Enemy192
Epilogue: Why Edmund Burke Is Studied213
Appendices230
Bibliographical Note248
Notes254
Index267

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