"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
The beautiful, according to Burke, comprises that which is well formed and aesthetically pleasing. The sublime, on the other hand, possesses the power to compel and destroy. This distinction bears a noteworthy historical relevance, since the popular preference for the sublime rather than the beautiful indicates the transition from the Neoclassical to the Romantic era. Burke's dissertation is both a precursor of his later political writings and one of the first major works in European literature to explore the concept of the sublime—a topic as fascinating to eighteenth-century thinkers as it is to modern philosophers and critics.
Burke ranked among the era's most eloquent defenders of democracy; however, he also realized the dangers of unchecked liberty and that mob rule is in no way better than the reign of a king or dictator. His lucid and passionate manifesto, written in the form of letters, employs examples from the aftermath of the French Revolution to demonstrate the superiority of gradual political change over outright anti-authoritarian revolt. A believer in practicality rather than abstract theorizing, Burke articulates a defense of property, religion, and traditional values that continues to resonate with twenty-first century readers.
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Burke’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the major works
* Rare pamphlets and political works, not available in other collections
* Includes ‘The Reformer’ articles, published when Burke was eighteen-years old — first time in digital print
* Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Includes Burke’s letters and speeches - spend hours exploring the statesman’s diverse works
* Features two biographies - discover Burke’s literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
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A VINDICATION OF NATURAL SOCIETY
A PHILOSOPHICAL ENQUIRY INTO THE ORIGIN OF OUR IDEAS OF THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL
AN ACCOUNT OF THE EUROPEAN SETTLEMENTS IN AMERICA
AN ESSAY TOWARDS AN ABRIDGEMENT OF THE ENGLISH HISTORY
A SHORT ACCOUNT OF A LATE SHORT ADMINISTRATION
OBSERVATIONS ON A LATE STATE OF THE NATION
THOUGHTS ON THE CAUSE OF THE PRESENT DISCONTENTS
THE LETTERS OF VALENS
REPORT FROM THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INDIA
A REPRESENTATION TO HIS MAJESTY, MOVED IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
ARTICLES OF CHARGE OF HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS AGAINST WARREN HASTINGS, ESQUIRE
REFLECTIONS ON THE REVOLUTION IN FRANCE
APPEAL FROM THE NEW TO THE OLD WHIGS
THOUGHTS ON FRENCH AFFAIRS
THOUGHTS ON THE PROSPECT OF A REGICIDE PEACE
THREE MEMORIALS ON FRENCH AFFAIRS
THOUGHTS AND DETAILS ON SCARCITY
THE CATHOLIC CLAIMS
LIST OF SPEECHES
LIST OF LETTERS
INTRODUCTION TO EDMUND BURKE by Sidney Carleton Newsom
EDMUND BURKE by John Morley
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* focus on practical language skills, such as writing articles, preparing CVs, translating and interpreting
* authentic contemporary texts and original audio material
* oral language practice
* grammar reinforcement.
Kenntnisse can be used as core teaching material or as a supplementary text. The complete course comprises the student's book, 2x60 minute audio cassettes and a teacher's book.
The volume sets the Reflections in the context of Western political thought, highlights its ongoing relevance to contemporary debates, and provides abundant critical notes, a glossary, and a glossary-index to ensure its accessibility. Contributors to the book examine various provocative aspects of Burke’s thought. Conor Cruise O’Brien explores Burke’s hostility to “theory,” Darrin McMahon considers Burke’s characterization of the French Enlightenment, Jack Rakove contrasts the views of Burke and American constitutional framers on the process of drawing up constitutions, and Alan Wolfe investigates Burke, the social sciences, and liberal democracy.
Russell Kirk was a leading figure in the post-World War II revival of American interest in Edmund Burke. Today, no one who takes seriously the problems of society dares remain indifferent to “the first conservative of our time of troubles.” In Russell Kirk’s words: “Burke’s ideas interest anyone nowadays, including men bitterly dissenting from his conclusions. If conservatives would know what they defend, Burke is their touchstone; and if radicals wish to test the temper of their opposition, they should turn to Burke.”
Kirk lucidly unfolds Burke’s philosophy, showing how it revealed itself in concrete historical situations during the eighteenth century and how Burke, through his philosophy, “speaks to our age.” This volume makes vivid the four great struggles in the life of Burke: his efforts to reconcile England with the American colonies; his involvements in cutting down the domestic power of George III; his prosecution of Warren Hastings, the Governor General of India; and his resistance to Jacobinism, the French Revolution’s “armed doctrine.” In each of these great phases of his public life, Burke fought with passionate eloquence and relentless logic for justice and for the proper balance of order and freedom. With sure instinct born of his sympathy and understanding, Kirk gives us the incisive quotation, the illuminating highlight, the moving, all-too-human elements that bring Burke and his age to vivid life.
Thanks to Russell Kirk’s skillful evocations, Edmund Burke in these pages becomes our contemporary. “Because corruption and fanaticism assail our era as sorely as they did Burke’s time, the resonance of Burke’s voice still is heard amidst the howl of our winds of abstract doctrine.”