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The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence

The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence

By David Bromwich

Belknap Press, 2014, 512 pp.

Edmund Burke, the eighteenth-century British politician and writer, is today best known for Reflections on the Revolution in France, published in 1790. In it, Burke denounced the revolutionaries in France and their supporters in Great Britain for what he considered their misplaced faith in principles such as “abstract liberty” and “the rights of men” and for their rejection of more pragmatic, procedural paths to ending the tyranny of hereditary monarchy. As Burke put it:

"Property with peace and order; with civil and social manners . . . are good things too; and, without them, liberty is not a benefit whilst it lasts, and is

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