Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Edmund Burke in AmericaThe Contested Career of the Father of Modern Conservatism$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Drew Maciag

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448959

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448959.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Cornell University Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cornell.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Cornell University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in Cornell for personal use (for details see www.cornell.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy/privacy-policy-and-legal-notice).date: 17 October 2018

Burke in Brief

Burke in Brief

A “Philosophical” Primer

Chapter:
(p.7) Chapter 1 Burke in Brief
Source:
Edmund Burke in America
Author(s):

Drew Maciag

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801448959.003.0002

This chapter is an overview of Burke's life and his “philosophies” in particular, which, when placed in the historical context, reveal that he is not entirely the conservative he is often perceived to be. Usually described as a British political philosopher, Burke was a prolific speaker and writer who is remembered chiefly as a critic of the French Revolution and as the “father of conservatism.” However, whatever “philosophy” Burke expounded was extracted by others from his pamphlets, letters, and orations, which were produced in the heat of political battle. This, in part, explains why he has been susceptible to differing interpretations. In historical context, however, he had little in common with many conservatives of his own day, and almost nothing in common with conservatism as it is practiced today. And far from being a conservative by the standards of his day, he was more the genuine reformer.

Keywords:   Edmund Burke, philosophies, conservatism, writings, political philosophy, speeches, life history, speaker

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.