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Product Details

  • Series: Hackett Classics
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; First Edition edition (September 15, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872200205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872200203
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pocock is, without question, the leading historian of eighteenth-century British-American political thought. . . . All of his skills are brilliantly employed in the Introduction. . . . In addition to being the best treatment of Burke's thought in context, it is . . . the best and most concentrated presentation of Pocock's own view of the main contours of eighteenth-century political thought. . . . Finally, the Reflections and other texts by Burke are then woven into this rich fabric, thus providing the reader with an understanding of Burke's thought which is deeper and more complex (and surely more historically sensitive) than any available in the secondary literature. --James Tully, McGill University



Of all the scholars who currently study the history of Western political thought, no one is more fertile, eloquent, and ingenious than J. G. A. Pocock. --Keith Thomas, in the New York Review of Books

About the Author

Edmund Burke (1729 - 97) was born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. In 1750 he entered the MIddle Temple in London but soon left law for literature. His Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime and the Beautiful influenced many writers of the Romantic period. An MP in the Whig Party, he championed the cause of Catholic emancipation and was involved in the governing India. Conor Cruise O'Brien is Emeritus Professor of the University of Dublin. In 1955 he was Counsellor in Paris and head of the United Nations section on Ireland from 1956 - 1960. He has been a professor at NYU, St Catherine's College, Oxford and at Dartmouth College in the USA. He has written on subjects including Ireland, Israel and the French Revolution.

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Edmund Burke (1729- 1797) was an Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist and philosopher, who served for many years in the House of Commons as a member of the Whig party; he supported the American revolution, but also strongly opposed the French Revolution in this book, leading some to call him the "founder of modern conservatism." The Editor's Introduction to this 1790 book states, "[Burke] was henceforward the unrelenting champion of the old order and the chief foe of the Enlightenment which was threatening to make serious inroads into Europe's traditional governments and religions." (Pg. xv) [NOTE: page numbers below refer to the 307-page Bobbs-Merrill paperback edition.]

He suggests, "A state without the means of some change is without the means of conservation." (Part One, II, 1, pg. 24) He says that "The Revolution [i.e., the so-called "Glorious Revolution," which overthrew King James II of England] was made to preserve our ANCIENT, indisputable laws and liberties, and that ANCIENT constitution of government." (II, 3, pg. 35) But about the French Revolution, he contends, "Instead of destroying the old state the French should have built on the foundation their ancestors had left them... Your constitution, it is true... suffered waste and dilapidation; but... you might have built on those old foundations." (III, 1, pg. 39-40)

He asserts that "Levelling is a false principle of equality... those who attempt to level, never equalize. In all societies, consisting of various descriptions of citizens, some description must be uppermost. The levelers, therefore, only change and pervert the natural order of things." (IV, 1, pg.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jason W. Atwell on July 25, 2001
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Edmund Burke sets the stage for conservative political philosophy in the United States. Burke discusses the importance of tradition in society, the importance of political trustees in Congress instead of delegates, and the failures of the French Revolution with comparisons to the American Revolution. Disappointingly, the book did not include constructive criticisms of Burke's work so the reader must depend solely on their own interpretation. This book is an excellent edition for any student of political philosophy, and is greatly complimented by the works of Karl Marx and John Stuart Mills in giving an overview of world political thought
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i think edmund burke is one ofthe best written philosophers out there, frankly. he addresses each concern in a logical way that is down to earth (not floating around in imaginary cities like Plato--i like him too but Burke is focused on real events)
this can be used as a historical reference as well and provides good backround and an idea of how people in england like burke felt about the revolution going on in france
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