The Cambridge Companion to Edmund Burke

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Edmund Burke prided himself on being a practical statesman, not an armchair philosopher. Yet his responses to specific problems - rebellion in America, the abuse of power in India and Ireland, or revolution in France - incorporated theoretical debates within jurisprudence, economics, religion, moral philosophy, and political science. Moreover, the extraordinary rhetorical force of Burke's speeches and writings quickly secured his reputation as a gifted orator and literary stylist. This Companion provides a ...
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Overview

Edmund Burke prided himself on being a practical statesman, not an armchair philosopher. Yet his responses to specific problems - rebellion in America, the abuse of power in India and Ireland, or revolution in France - incorporated theoretical debates within jurisprudence, economics, religion, moral philosophy, and political science. Moreover, the extraordinary rhetorical force of Burke's speeches and writings quickly secured his reputation as a gifted orator and literary stylist. This Companion provides a comprehensive assessment of Burke's thought, examining the intellectual traditions that shaped it and the concrete issues to which it was addressed. The volume explores all his major writings from his early treatise on aesthetics to his famous polemic, Reflections on the Revolution in France. It also examines the vexed question of Burke's Irishness and seeks to determine how his cultural origins may have influenced his political views - from his attitudes on religious toleration to his complicated response to Empire. Finally, it aims both to explain and to challenge interpretations of Burke as a romantic, a utilitarian, a natural law thinker, and founding father of modern conservatism.
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'[This book] aims to disentangle Burke from his many contexts and for the most part it succeeds impressively.' The Times Literary Supplement
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David Dwan is a lecturer in English at Queen's University Belfast. He is author of The Great Community: Culture and Nationalism in Ireland (2008) and has written a range of articles on intellectual history and modern literature.

Christopher Insole is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at the University of Durham, UK. He is the author of The Politics of Human Frailty: A Theological Defence of Political Liberalism (2005) and has written articles on Burke, Kant, philosophy of religion, epistemology and intellectual history.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of contributors; Method of citation; Chronology; Introduction: philosophy in action; 1. Burke's life F. P. Lock; 2. Burke, Enlightenment and Romanticism Richard Bourke; 3. Burke as rhetorician and orator Christopher Reid; 4. Burke's aesthetic psychology Paddy Bullard; 5. Burke on law and legal theory Seán Patrick Donlan; 6. Burke on political economy Richard Whatmore; 7. Burke and religion Ian Harris; 8. Burke and the constitution David M. Craig; 9. Burke and the natural law Christopher Insole; 10. Burke and utility David Dwan; 11. Burke and the ends of empire Jennifer Pitts; 12. Burke and the American crisis Harry T. Dickinson; 13. Burke on India Frederick G. Whelan; 14. Burke on Ireland Ian McBride; 15. 'Reflections on the Revolution in France' Iain Hampsher-Monk; 16. Burke's counterrevolutionary writings Iain Hampsher-Monk; 17. Burke in the USA Seamus Deane; Further reading.
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