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

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Ian Crowe
University of Missouri Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 247 pages
This collection of essays shifts the focus of scholarly debate away from the themes that have traditionally dominated the study of Edmund Burke. In the past, largely ideology-based or highly textual studies have tended to paint Burke as a "prophet" or "precursor" of movements as diverse as conservatism, political pragmatism, and romanticism. In contrast, these essays address prominent issues in contemporary society--multiculturalism, the impact of postmodern and relativist methodologies, the boundaries of state-church relationships, and religious tolerance in modern societies--by emphasizing Burke's earlier career and writings and focusing on his position on historiography, moral philosophy, jurisprudence, aesthetics, and philosophical skepticism. The essays in this collection, written by some of today's most renowned Burke scholars, will radically challenge our deeply rooted assumptions about Burke, his thought, and his place in the history of Western political philosophy.
 

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Contents

The Whig Imagination of Edmund Burke
5
Burke and Religion
23
Burke and the Argument from Human Nature
41
Burkes Conservatism
63
or How Did the American Revolution Relate to the French?
75
The Chathamites and North America
97
Burke India and Orientalism
131
The Law the Nun and Edmund Burke
162
Burke and the Conundrum of International Human Rights
179
Edmund Burke and the Thomistic Foundations of Natural Law
207
An Intellectual Biography of Peter J Stanlis
232
About the Contributors
245
Index
247
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