An Imaginative Whig: Reassessing the Life & Thought of Edmund Burke

By |2018-01-11T22:09:35-05:00January 11th, 2018|

The challenge for statesmen is to use historical experience as a guide to understanding civilization and then to reconstitute civilization in the specific circumstances of the day. Imagination is essential in the process of reconstitution because it is the human faculty that puts individuals in touch with what is possible… An Imaginative Whig: Reassessing [...]

Edmund Burke, Rightly Understood

By |2016-04-14T23:43:05-05:00March 22nd, 2016|

Patriotism and Public Spirit: Edmund Burke and the Role of the Critic in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain, by Ian Crowe (Stanford University Press, 2012) Ian Crowe’s recent, pioneering study of political philosopher Edmund Burke is a cause for celebration. It advances scholarly knowledge of Burke and the intellectual milieu that was so important to his development as [...]

Burke’s Enduring Significance

By |2014-04-21T18:42:39-05:00April 21st, 2014|Tags: |

Edmund Burke, Volume 1, 1730-1784, by F.P. Lock The Portable Edmund Burke, ed. Isaac Kramnick On Empire, Liberty and Reform: Speeches and Letters, Edmund Burke, ed. David Bromwich F.P. Lock’s Edmund Burke is the best biography of Burke to have come out in recent times, and it is all the more impressive for not trying to be what [...]

Studies in Burke and His Time

By |2014-04-07T18:39:19-05:00April 7th, 2014|

The scholarly journal Studies in Burke and His Time appeared originally, under the title The Burke Newsletter, in 1959. In 2002, the newly established Edmund Burke Society of America decided to revive the title, which had by then been in abeyance for some years, and, since that time, three issues (2005, 2007, and 2011) [...]

Humanity at the Horizon

By |2019-01-04T11:40:06-05:00March 13th, 2014|

Two hundred and twenty years ago, in January 1794, one of the more illuminating, but also neglected, episodes of the French Revolution was set in motion in the Vendée and surrounding area of west-central France (broadly, the modern-day administrative region of Pays de la Loire). Under the leadership of the Revolutionary general Louis-Marie Turreau, [...]

A Definitive Edmund Burke

By |2014-04-24T10:34:09-05:00November 5th, 2013|Tags: |

Edmund Burke. Volume II: 1784-1797 by F.P. Lock The two volumes of F.P. Lock’s biography of Edmund Burke span more than one thousand pages and, by the author’s own calculation, over twenty years of research. In structure, method, and argument, they constitute a work of extraordinary consistency and erudition, and one that, in its use [...]

Edmund Burke: The First Conservative

By |2014-04-28T16:45:34-05:00August 7th, 2013|Tags: |

Edmund Burke: The First Conservative, by Jesse Norman In Edmund Burke: The First Conservative, Jesse Norman, a British Conservative party MP and doctoral graduate in philosophy, lays out a bold and engaging case for his subject as “one of the seminal thinkers of the present age”. Owing in part, no doubt, to the author’s profile [...]

Oak & Stone and the Permanent Things

By |2015-02-11T10:38:19-05:00March 4th, 2013|

Edmund Burke For the present is the point at which time touches eternity.-C.S. Lewis[1] It was in 1939, in The Idea of a Christian Society, that T.S. Eliot defended what he called “the permanent things” against a world that appeared drunk on the politics of revolution and “change.” Eliot’s purpose was not [...]

Edmund Burke on Manners

By |2014-04-24T10:30:53-05:00December 28th, 2012|Tags: , |

Edmund Burke It took Edmund Burke a very little time to decide that French Revolutionary philosophy posed a massive threat to civilization and social stability throughout Europe. By the end of his life, eight years after the storming of the Bastille, his fears of Jacobin contagion had led him to ask for [...]

New Groundbreaking Study of Edmund Burke

By |2013-11-27T14:57:07-05:00September 17th, 2012|

Patriotism and Public Spirit: Edmund Burke and the Role of the Critic in Mid-18th Century Britain, is a groundbreaking study of the great political philosopher Edmund Burke. The book provides a scholarly advancement of existing knowledge regarding Burke and the intellectual milieu that was so important to his development as a thinker. Chapter one offers [...]