The Political Economy of Edmund Burke: The Role of Property in His Thought / Edition 2

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In Edmund Burke: A Bibliography of Secondary Studies to 1982 Clara Gandy and Peter Stanlis write, One of the large unanswered questions is how Burke's economic theory is related to his political theory, and whether they are complementary or contradictory.Canavan is the first to offer a book-length treatment of this question, and in so doing, he places the strength of his argument largely on primary sources rather than a patchwork of previous interpretations. Canavan aims to show that Burke's own emphasis was no on capitalistic laissez-fair economics, as has been assumen, but that his goals were primarily political and cultural. Namely, Burke sought the preservation and development of an aristocratic and Christian civilization supported economically by a leading class of landed property owners. This study projects a new profile of Burke which challenges C.B. Macpherson's sketch of him as a bourgeois capitalist, or, as depicted by J.B. Plumb and Frank O'Gorman, as a hired philsopher of the Whig Oligarchy. Nor does Canavan's study present the philosopher as one who would declare war on the poor,as Gertrude Himmelfarb charged in her The Idea of Poverty. Burke emerges from Canavan's treatment as a Whiug who admired paternalistic government by the rich and virtuous whom he felt would govern as trustees for the benefit of the whole people. Burke did not support the notion that property by monopolized by any one class in society, but wanted the wealthy to empower intermediary institutions which would hold in check the control of the expansive state, whether that meant the Crown in Britain or the revolutionary state in France.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823215904
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 185
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Francis Canavan, S.J., is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Fordham University.

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Table of Contents

Short Titles, Primary Sources
1 Burke's World 1
2 The Soul That Animated 24
3 The Stability of Property 47
4 Property and Government 70
5 True Whigs and True Whiggism 97
6 Burke's Economics 116
7 The French Revolution 147
Works Cited 177
Index 181
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