Edmund Burke’s iconic stance against the French Revolution and its supposed Enlightenment inspiration, has ensured his central role in debates about the nature of modernity and freedom. It has now been rendered even more complex by post-modern radicalism’s repudiation of the Enlightenment as repressive and its reason as illusionary. Not only did Burke’s own work cover a huge range - from aesthetics through history to constitutional politics and political theory - it has generated an enormous literature drawing on many disciplines, as well as continuing to be recruited in a range of contemporary polemics. In Edmund Burke, Iain Hampsher Monk presents a representative selection of articles and essays from the last 50 years of this scholarship. His introduction provides a brief biography and seeks to guide the reader through the chosen pieces as well as indicating its relationship to other and more substantial studies that form the critical heritage of this major figure.
Contents: Introduction; Part I Initial Orientations: The basis of Burke's political conservatism, Peter J. Stanlis; Edmund Burke's conception of the role of reason in politics, Francis P. Canavan; Utility and natural law in Burke's thought; a reconsideration, J.R. Dinwiddy; Edmund Burke, C.B. Macpherson. Part II Political Issues: Party and the double cabinet: 2 facets of Burke's thoughts, John Brewer; Edmund Burke's rationale of cabinet government, Caroline Robbins; Burke, Bristol, and the concept of representation, James Conniff; Liberty, authority and trust in Burke's idea of empire, Richard Bourke; The theater of the civilised self: Edmund Burke and the East India trials, Siraj Ahmed. Part III Philosophical Presuppostions: The aesthetic dimension of Burke's political thought, Neal Wood; Burke and the ancient constitution, - a problem in the history of ideas, J.G.A. Pocock; Burke and the religious sources of skeptical conservatism, Iain Hampsher-Monk. Part IV Revolution: The genesis of Burke's Reflections, Frederick Dreyer; Burke and radical freedom, Jeffrey Hart; The political economy of Burke's analysis of the French revolution, J.G.A. Pocock; Burke and the French philosophes, Seamus F. Deane; Edmund Burke and the theory of revolution, Michael Freeman; Edmund Burke's changing justification for intervention, Iain Hampsher-Monk. Part V Reputation and Legacy: Edmund Burke and his European reception, Rod Preece; The skeptic's Burke: Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1790-1990, Michael A. Mosher; Man's second disobedience: a vindication of Burke, Roger Scruton; Name Index.