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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.

Roger Scruton on “How to Think Seriously About the Planet”

By |2020-07-30T17:53:32-05:00July 30th, 2020|Categories: Conservation, Conservatism, Featured, Roger Scruton|

In “How to Think Seriously about the Planet,” Roger Scruton seeks in part to re-establish, or to remind us of, the close relationship between conservatism and concern for the environment. He also argues that the only really sound and successful environmentalism is a conservative environmentalism. How to Think Seriously about the Planet: The Case for [...]

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 F. [...]

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 profound [...]

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 who [...]

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 project [...]

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