Edmund Burke: A Genius Reconsidered

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Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 285 pages
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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 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 involvement 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."

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Russell Kirk’s sympathetic and admiring – but never sycophantic – intellectual biography of the great Edmund Burke is a joy to read. Kirk sketches out the salient details of Burke’s life, but ... Read full review

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"[A] clear and succinct guide to one of the great conservative thinkers of modern times .There is no finer monument to Burke than this book by his most original American disciple." Roger Scruton ... Read full review

Contents

From Letters to Politics
18
Conciliation and Prudence
41
Reforming Party and Government
66
Copyright

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Russell Kirk (1918-1994) was the author of The Conservative Mind; Eliot and His Age; The Roots of American Order; and twenty-six other books in several fields. He was the president of two educational foundations, editor of the quarterly University Bookman, recipient of several literary awards, and visiting distinguished professor on both sides of the Atlantic.

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