David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
This article will undertake a complete survey of the jurisprudential thought of Edmund Burke. In doing so, it will attempt to place civil society as the focus of all jurisprudential elements of Burke's thought. Burke put forward the components of a legal order that tended toward the establishment of a fundamentally liberal society, with spontaneity as the engine of both law and social growth. The positive pillar of Burke's thought refers to the maxims of jurisprudence that foster social harmony, allowing this growth to proceed apace. The complementing, negative pillar of Burke's legal thought focuses on protecting these elements from radical redefinition by resisting the application of philosophic dogma, or ideology, onto man's social condition through the instruments of power. By placing civil society and its support as the focus of Burke's thought, this paper will attempt to rescue Burke from those who abbreviate his thought into a disposition against reform or a hidebound respect for tradition. It will offer a substitute reading of Burke's works whereby Burke offers a legal system as a positive recipe for social happiness, and, therefore, civil society.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Charles W. Parkin (1956/1968). The Moral Basis of Burke's Political Thought. New York, Russell & Russell.
Joseph L. Pappin (1993). The Metaphysics of Edmund Burke. Fordham University Press.
Edmund Burke (1993). Pre-Revolutionary Writings. Cambridge University Press.
Christopher J. Insole (2008). Two Conceptions of Liberalism: Theology, Creation, and Politics in the Thought of Immanuel Kant and Edmund Burke. Journal of Religious Ethics 36 (3):447-489.
Edmund Burke (1976). Edmund Burke on Government, Politics, and Society. International Publications Service.
Frederick A. Dreyer (1979). Burke's Politics: A Study in Whig Orthodoxy. Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
Edmund Burke (1960). Reflections with Edmund Burke. New York, Vantage Press.
Edmund Burke (1999). The Portable Edmund Burke. Penguin Books.
Added to index2009-02-10
Total downloads7 ( #174,155 of 1,096,437 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #87,121 of 1,096,437 )
How can I increase my downloads?