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Edmund Burke

Anglo-Irish statesman and political theorist

1729   -   1797

movement: liberal conservatism, counter-revolutionary
country of citizenship: Kingdom of Ireland
educated at: Trinity College Dublin
occupation: politician, philosopher, writer
position held: Member of Parliament in the Parliament of Great Britain
influenced by: Aristotle, Cicero, Church Fathers, Richard Hooker, Montesquieu, William Blackstone, John Locke, David Hume

Edmund Burke (; 12 January [NS] 1729 – 9 July 1797) was an Irish statesman born in Dublin, as well as an author, orator, political theorist and philosopher, who after moving to London in 1750 served as a member of parliament (MP) between 1766 and 1794 in the House of Commons with the Whig Party. Burke was a proponent of underpinning virtues with manners in society and of the importance of religious institutions for the moral stability and good of the state. These views were expressed in his A Vindication of Natural Society. Burke criticized British treatment of the American colonies, including through its taxation policies. He also supported the rights of the colonists to resist metropolitan authority, though he opposed the attempt to achieve independence. Burke is remembered for his support for Catholic emancipation, the impeachment of Warren Hastings from the East India Company and for his staunch opposition to the French Revolution. In his Reflections on the Revolution in France, Burke asserted that the revolution was destroying the fabric of good society and traditional institutions of state and society, and condemned the persecution of the Catholic Church that resulted from it. This led to his becoming the leading figure within the conservative faction of the Whig Party, which he dubbed the "Old Whigs", as opposed to the pro-French Revolution "New Whigs", led by Charles James Fox.In the nineteenth century, Burke was praised by both conservatives and liberals. Subsequently, in the twentieth century he became widely regarded as the philosophical founder of modern conservatism.
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Reflections on the Revolution in France

1790 Edmund Burke political book

author: Edmund Burke


Letters on a Regicide Peace

boek van Edmund Burke

author: Edmund Burke


Réflexions sur la révolution de France

sur les procédés de certaines sociétés à Londres, relatifs à cet événement

author: Edmund Burke


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