Linked bibliography for the SEP article "Edmund Burke" by Ian Harris

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Primary Literature

Burke's Writings

There is no complete edition of Burke's works: their quantity, the character of some of his manuscript materials and the manner in which many of his parliamentary speeches are preserved all make it very likely that this situation will continue. The fullest collection by far, as well as the best edited, in nine, large substantive volumes, is: Writings and Speeches of Edmund Burke, P. Langford (general editor), Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1981– (approaching completion). This is cited above as W & S, and individual works are cited as follows:

[ATX] American Taxation.
[CWA] Conciliation with America.
[RRF] Reflections on the Revolution in France.
[SSC] Second Speech on Conciliation.
[SDR] Speech on Declaratory Resolutions.
[TCD] Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents.
[TPL] Tracts relating to Popery Laws.
  • [Burke, Edmund, and William Burke], 1757, An Account of the European Settlements, London (and later editions). (Scholar)
  • Somerset, H.V.F, ed., 1957, A Notebook of Edmund Burke, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)

Burke's Correspondence

  • Copeland, T.W., 1958–78, (general ed.), The Correspondence of Edmund Burke, Cambridge and Chicago, Cambridge University Press and University of Chicago Press, (ten volumes). Cited as Corr.
  • Lock, F.P., 1997, 1999, 2003 ‘Unpublished Burke Letters’, English Historical Review, 112: 119–141; 114: 636–657; 118: 940–982

There is further unprinted correspondence in various repositories. The primary collections of Burke manuscripts are at Sheffield Archives and Northamptonshire Record Office, but there is further material by Burke in a wider range of places; the material in manuscript bearing on him is extremely bulky, diverse and scattered.

Secondary Literature

There is relatively little recent literature primarily on Burke's philosophical writings, however ‘philosophical’ is defined, though there is much that makes reference to or use of them: thus a bibliography of writings about his views on beauty, gender, and political organization, as well as his literary temper and practical activities would be disproportionately long. The reader is therefore invited to range freely. The secondary literature as a whole is listed up to about 1980 in Clara I. Gandy and Peter J. Stanlis, 1983, Edmund Burke: A Bibliography of Secondary Studies to 1982, New York, Garland. There are annual listings in the Modern Humanities Research Association's volumes.

For matters discussed here, the reader is referred to:

  • Burke, Edmund, 1958, Philosophical Enquiry, ed. J.T. Boulton, London, Routledge (later edition, Oxford, Blackwell, 1987) (Scholar)
  • Canavan, F., 1957, ‘Edmund Burke's College Study of Philosophy’, Notes and Queries, n.s.4: 538–543. (Scholar)
  • Sewell Jr, R.B., 1938, ‘Rousseau's Second Discourse in England from 1755 to 1762’, Philological Quarterly, 17: 97–114. (Scholar)
  • Wecter, D., 1940, ‘Burke's Theory of Words, Images and Emotions’, Publications of the Modern Language Association, 55: 167–181. (Scholar)

Other works cited

  • Berkeley, G, 1948–57, The Works of George Berkeley, eds. A.A.Luce and T.E.Jessop, 9 volumes, London, Nelson. (Scholar)
  • Broad, C.D., 1952, Ethics and the History of Philosophy, London, Routledge. (Scholar)
  • Coleridge, S.T., 1983, Biographica Literaria, eds. James Engell and W. Jackson Bate, Princeton, Princeton University Press. (Scholar)
  • Freeman, M., 1992, ‘Edmund Burke’, in Laurence C. Becker and Charlotte B. Becker, eds., Encyclopaedia of Ethics, 2 vols., Garland, New York, vol.i, pp.109–11. (Scholar)
  • Gore-Brown, R, 1953, Chancellor Thurlow, London, Routledge. (Scholar)
  • Goldsmith, Oliver, 1774, Retaliation: a poem, London, G. Kearsly. [Goldsmith 1774 available online]. (Scholar)
  • Historical Manuscripts Commission, 1905, Report on the Manuscripts of the Marquess of Lothian, London, Stationery Office. (Scholar)
  • Hull, C.H., and H.W.V. Temperley, eds., 1911–12, ‘Debates on the Declaratory Act and the Repeal of the Stamp Act’, American Historical Review, 17, pp.563–586. (Scholar)
  • Le Clerc, J, 1692, Logica: sive ars ratiocinandi, London, Awnsham & John Churchill. (Scholar)
  • Mill, J.S., 1859, On Liberty, London, Longman. (Scholar)
  • Robinson, Nicholas K., 1996, Edmund Burke: a life in caricature, New Haven, Yale University Press. (Scholar)
  • Sidgwick, H., 2000, Essays on Ethics and Method, ed. Marcus G. Singer, Clarendon Press, Oxford. (Scholar)
  • Williamson, P., 1999, Stanley Baldwin, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)

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