Reflections on the Revolution in France (Great Books in Philosophy Series) / Edition 1

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As eighteenth-century Europe sizzled with revolutionary fervor fanned by the flames of the newly won freedom of the British colonies in America, one of the few lone voices of conservative government was that of Edmund Burke. He focused his keen eye on the social and political ramifications of egalitarianism and what its dissemination in France might mean for the future of the liberty, order, and political tradition that had served the Continent so well. His statement and defense of conservative principles against the onslaught of social liberation has carved for him a special place in the history of political theory.

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The Times Literary Supplement
This edition of Burke's classic text aims to locate Burke once again in his contemporary political and intellectual setting. It reprints the text of the first edition of the Reflections, and provides extensive notes and a comprehensive introduction.
Edmund Burke's classic text, which he appended over the years, was originally written in 1790 in the form of a letter to Richard Price. J.C.D. Clark provides us with a lengthy introduction and annotation to the original, unappended text which follows, in order to situate Burke and his canonical work within its original political and intellectual setting. Price's reply, and Burke's subsequent additions are included in appendices. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879754112
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/1987
  • Series: Great Books in Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 253
  • Sales rank: 1,309,434
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Introduction: Edmund Burke: The Political Actor Thinking
Reflections on the Revolution in France 3
Rethinking Reflections on the Revolution in France 211
Edmund Burke: Prophet Against the Tyranny of the Politics of Theory 213
Edmund Burke and the Literary Cabal: A Tale of Two Enlightenments 233
Why American Constitutionalism Worked 248
Democracy, Social Science, and Rationality, Reflections on Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France 268
Suggested Readings 291
Glossary-Index 293
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Doesn't live up to its billing

    This is one of those books that always comes with the word "classic" attached to it, so I'm assuming that my "not getting it" has more to do with me than Mr. Burke. Nevertheless, how he can justify being so hell-bent against the French Revolution and at the same time so for the American Revolution escapes me. The French revolt against a sitting King was entirely unjustified according to Burke (although the English Revolution of a century earlier against a seating King was completely justified. Go figure.) Thomas Paine's "Rights of Man," written as a response to this book, makes a lot more sense, seems to have much more logical arguments, and doesn't read as nearly as dated as this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    This is an easily navigable treatise on what a British statesman thought of what was happening in France during the French Revolution, in the form of letters written to an acquaintance in France. This was a wonderful read.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    An excellent essay!

    Burke offers very persuasive arguments against the events of the French Revolution. What history claims as the greatest revolution of all time, Burke portrays as a horrific perversion of social liberation, offering the reader a view from another perspective. This is definitely a must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2015


    Amazing <br> Well written <br> Fantastically done <br> Uber-good <br> Lovely vocabulary <br> <br> <br> ~Christine

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