Edmund Burke The First Conservative

ISBN-10: 0465058973
ISBN-13: 9780465058976
Edition: 2013
Authors: Jesse Norman
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List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 5/21/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Edmund Burke is the greatest and perhaps also the most underrated political thinker of the past three hundred years. A brilliant 18th century political theorist, philosopher, and statesman, Burke was a fierce champion of human rights and the Anglo-American constitutional tradition, and a lifelong campaigner against arbitrary power. Burke’s enormous importance has been largely forgotten in recent years, but as Jesse Norman, MP and scholar of political theory, argues in this penetrating biography, we cannot understand modern politics without him. Burke offered a compelling critique of liberal individualism, and laid the groundwork for contemporary conservatism by putting forth a vision of society based not on a self-interested agreement among individuals, but rather on an enduring covenant between generations.InEdmund Burke, Norman explores Burke’s convictions about community, inherited institutions, and civic virtue, showing how his analytical mind and his deep capacity for empathy made Burke such a vital thinker—both for his own age, and for ours.

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Life
An Irishman Abroad, 1730-1759
In and Out of Power, 1759-1774
Ireland, America and King Mob, 1774-1780
India, Economical Reform and the King's Madness, 1780-1789
Reflecting on Revolution, 1789-1797
Thought
Reputation, Reason and the Enlightenment Project
The Social Self
Forging Modem Politics
The Rise of Liberal Individualism
The Recovery of Value
Conclusion: Burke Today
Notes
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index

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