Reflections on the Revolution in France

Reflections on the Revolution in France

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by Edmund Burke
     
 

The book, however, is far more than a supremely eloquent piece of occasional writing. For Burke is without a doubt the foremost conservative British political thinker: in his support for piecemeal reform rather than revolutionary change, in his skeptical belief in expediency and practical wisdom rather than abstract theorizing, in his defence of property, religion and… See more details below

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The book, however, is far more than a supremely eloquent piece of occasional writing. For Burke is without a doubt the foremost conservative British political thinker: in his support for piecemeal reform rather than revolutionary change, in his skeptical belief in expediency and practical wisdom rather than abstract theorizing, in his defence of property, religion and traditional institutions. On all these topics Burke gave a definitive expression to a set of attitudes still at the heart of today's controversies. And yet Burke was no mere unthinking reactionary, a useful ally in Cold War propaganda; rather, as Conor Cruise O'Brien shows in his brilliant introduction, he was an Irishman with a good deal of sympathy for the ' revolutionary ' Catholic cause - a latent sympathy which, paradoxically, may explain some of the unparelleled power of his great work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199539024
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/15/2009
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
165,147
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Introduction: Edmund Burke: The Political Actor Thinking
Reflections on the Revolution in France3
Rethinking Reflections on the Revolution in France211
Edmund Burke: Prophet Against the Tyranny of the Politics of Theory213
Edmund Burke and the Literary Cabal: A Tale of Two Enlightenments233
Why American Constitutionalism Worked248
Democracy, Social Science, and Rationality, Reflections on Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France268
Suggested Readings291
Glossary-Index293

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