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The Cambridge Companion to Edmund Burke


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F. P. Lock, Richard Bourke, Christopher Reid, Paddy Bullard, Seán Patrick Donlan, Richard Whatmore, Ian Harris, David M. Craig, Christopher Insole, David Dwan, Jennifer Pitts, Harry T. Dickinson, Frederick G. Whelan, Ian McBride, Iain Hampsher-Monk, Seamus Deane
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  • Date Published: December 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521183314

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  • Edmund Burke prided himself on being a practical statesman, not an armchair philosopher. Yet his responses to specific problems - rebellion in America, the abuse of power in India and Ireland, or revolution in France - incorporated theoretical debates within jurisprudence, economics, religion, moral philosophy and political science. Moreover, the extraordinary rhetorical force of Burke's speeches and writings quickly secured his reputation as a gifted orator and literary stylist. This Companion provides a comprehensive assessment of Burke's thought, exploring all his major writings from his early treatise on aesthetics to his famous polemic, Reflections on the Revolution in France. It also examines the vexed question of Burke's Irishness and seeks to determine how his cultural origins may have influenced his political views. Finally, it aims both to explain and to challenge interpretations of Burke as a romantic, a utilitarian, a natural law thinker and founding father of modern conservatism.

    • Scholars have been waiting for a general and up-to-date assessment of the full range of Burke's thought and legacy, which is provided in this volume
    • Interdisciplinary in nature, combining historical, literary and philosophical analysis in an accessible presentation
    • Provides the most balanced assessment to date of Burke's legacy
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '[This book] aims to disentangle Burke from his many contexts and for the most part it succeeds impressively.' The Times Literary Supplement

    'The Cambridge Companion to Edmund Burke is a book for our time: it should help undergraduates know what is expected of them in their exams; it is a helpful supplement to Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France but not a replacement for Burke's own texts.' Edward Andrew, The European Legacy

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    • Date Published: December 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521183314
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

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    Introduction: philosophy in action
    1. Burke's life F. P. Lock
    2. Burke, Enlightenment and Romanticism Richard Bourke
    3. Burke as rhetorician and orator Christopher Reid
    4. Burke's aesthetic psychology Paddy Bullard
    5. Burke on law and legal theory Seán Patrick Donlan
    6. Burke on political economy Richard Whatmore
    7. Burke and religion Ian Harris
    8. Burke and the constitution David M. Craig
    9. Burke and the natural law Christopher Insole
    10. Burke and utility David Dwan
    11. Burke and the ends of empire Jennifer Pitts
    12. Burke and the American crisis Harry T. Dickinson
    13. Burke on India Frederick G. Whelan
    14. Burke on Ireland Ian McBride
    15. 'Reflections on the Revolution in France' Iain Hampsher-Monk
    16. Burke's counterrevolutionary writings Iain Hampsher-Monk
    17. Burke in the USA Seamus Deane
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  • Editors

    David Dwan, Queen's University Belfast
    David Dwan is a lecturer in English at Queen's University Belfast. He is author of The Great Community: Culture and Nationalism in Ireland (2008) and has written a range of articles on intellectual history and modern literature.

    Christopher Insole, University of Durham
    Christopher Insole is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at the University of Durham, UK. He is the author of The Politics of Human Frailty: A Theological Defence of Political Liberalism (2005) and has written articles on Burke, Kant, philosophy of religion, epistemology and intellectual history.


    F. P. Lock, Richard Bourke, Christopher Reid, Paddy Bullard, Seán Patrick Donlan, Richard Whatmore, Ian Harris, David M. Craig, Christopher Insole, David Dwan, Jennifer Pitts, Harry T. Dickinson, Frederick G. Whelan, Ian McBride, Iain Hampsher-Monk, Seamus Deane

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