About Linda C. Raeder

Dr. Linda C. Raeder is Associate Professor of Political Science at Palm Beach Atlantic University and Associate Editor of Humanitas, published by the National Humanities Institute. Dr. Raeder is the author of the book John Stuart Mill and the Religion of Humanity.

Edmund Burke: Old Whig

By |2021-04-22T19:27:21-05:00August 13th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Christian Humanism, Classical Liberalism, Edmund Burke, Philosophy, Timeless Essays|

Edmund Burke, like his Whig forebears, believed in the existence of a higher moral law to which all valid positive law must conform, a universal law which manifests itself in diverse concrete forms, in the great variety of legal codes and customs that constitute particular cultural traditions. Edmund Burke, the passionate defender of the “ancient [...]

Edmund Burke: Old Whig

By |2020-07-27T15:31:07-05:00September 16th, 2013|Categories: American Founding, Classical Liberalism, Edmund Burke|Tags: |

In the Whig view to which Edmund Burke subscribed, the validity of law is independent of its source; who makes a rule, whether the people or a tyrant, is irrelevant. The Old-Whig Burke denied that the exercise of will, whether arbitrary or rational, has anything to do with the determination of law. Edmund Burke, the passionate defender [...]

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