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.
Ian Crowe, Director of the Edmund Burke Society of America, lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is the editor of The Enduring Edmund Burke.
Introduction: The Whig Imagination of Edmund Burke by Ian Crowe; Burke and Religion by F. P. Lock; Burke and the Argument from Human Nature by David Bromwich; Burke's Conservatism by Harvey C. Mansfield; Edmund Burke's ""Reflections on the Revolution in America"" (1777): or, How Did the American Revolution Relate to the French? by J. C. D. Clark; Burke's First Encounter with Richard Price; The Chathamites and North America by John Faulkner; Burke, India, and Orientalism by Frederick G. Whelan; The Law, the Nun, and Edmund Burke by Elizabeth Lambert; Burke and the Conundrum of International Human Rights by Bruce Frohnen; Edmund Burke and the Thomistic Foundations of Natural Law by Joseph L. Pappin III; Odyssey of a Burke Revivalist: An Intellectual Biography of Peter J. Stanlis by Jeffrey O. Nelson