William F. Byrne

About William F. Byrne

William F. Byrne is Associate Professor of Government and Politics at St. John’s University (NY), and is the author of Edmund Burke for Our Time: Moral Imagination, Meaning, and Politics.

Edmund Burke’s Counsel on Religious Liberty and Freedom

By |2019-07-23T12:38:20-05:00February 19th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Edmund Burke, Europe, Featured, Freedom, History, Liberty, Religion, Timeless Essays|

Religion “works,” in Edmund Burke’s view, when it stands apart from the whims of those who practice it. Only then can it enable self-discipline, give meaning, and provide a real sense of the sacred and the sublime in life… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join William [...]

Should Conservatives Care about the Earth?

By |2015-07-04T09:55:05-05:00July 2nd, 2015|Categories: Conservation, Conservatism, Featured, Roger Scruton|

How to Think Seriously about the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism, by Roger Scruton. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 464 pp. The British philosopher Roger Scruton has emerged as one of a rare breed today: the prominent public intellectual who writes on matters of broad interest in ways that, while accessible [...]

Edmund Burke and the Politics of Empire

By |2020-01-12T13:30:50-06:00September 29th, 2012|Categories: Edmund Burke, Political Science Reviewer, Politics, William F. Byrne|

On Empire, Liberty, and Reform: Speeches and Letters of Edmund Burke, ed. David Bromwich (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000). Empire and Community: Edmund Burke’s Writings and Speeches on International Relations, ed. David P. Fidler and Jennifer M. Welsh (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1999). Edmund Burke was one of those rare figures who combined [...]

Burke’s Wise Counsel on Religious Liberty and Freedom

By |2017-08-13T15:36:37-05:00July 27th, 2012|Categories: Edmund Burke, Freedom of Religion, William F. Byrne|Tags: |

Edmund Burke, the eighteenth-century British statesman, has long been a popular figure for political conservatives to cite. But his views on religion get relatively little attention. This is a shame, because Burke has a lot to offer those concerned about matters of religion, morality, and politics in contemporary American life. He is a figure [...]

Edmund Burke for Our Time

By |2016-04-23T21:49:11-05:00June 24th, 2012|Categories: Books, Edmund Burke, Moral Imagination, William F. Byrne|

[Excerpt from: William F. Byrne, Edmund Burke for Our Time: Moral Imagination, Meaning, and Politics (De Kalb, Ill.: Northern Illinois University Press, 2011).] To the extent that there is such a thing as “Burkean conservatism,” we can get a glimpse of its true nature from a passage in the unfinished English History, a writing [...]