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Yuval Levin on Edmund Burke

- Yuval Levin, Conversations with Bill Kristol, August 11, 2014.
In this except from Conversations with Bill Kristol, Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs, discusses Edmund Burke’s conservatism–and compares it to the vision of society offered by his contemporary Thomas Paine. Levin and Kristol also consider… More

After Words: Yuval Levin

- "After Words: Yuval Levin," CSPAN Book TV, 4 January 2014.
The author of The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left, Mr. Levin discusses the origin of the political Left-Right divide, arguing that today’s partisanship began with the debates over the French Revolution. He… More

Edmund Burke: The First Conservative

- Jesse Norman, "Edmund Burke: The First Conservative" Program on Constitutional Government, Harvard University, September 26, 2013.
Member of Parliament Jesse Norman discusses his recent intellectual biography of Burke at the Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard University. The event was hosted by Harvey Mansfield. Biography: Jesse Norman is a Conservative M. P. for Hereford… More

Edmund Burke and the Origins of Modern Conservatism

- David A. Norcross, "Edmund Burke and the Origins of Modern Conservatism," Lecture at The Citadel, 25 January 2012.
From CSPAN: [F]ormer General Counsel to the Republican National Committee David Norcross looks at Edmund Burke and the Origins of Modern Conservatism. Mr. Norcross is a guest lecturer at The Citadel Military College in Charleston, South Carolina, in a… More

In Our Time: Edmund Burke

- "In Our Time: Edmund Burke," BBC Radio 4, June 2010.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the work of the eighteenth-century philosopher, politician and writer Edmund Burke. With: Karen O’Brien Professor of English at the University of Warwick Richard Bourke Senior Lecturer in History at Queen Mary,… More

The Burkean Outlook

- Ian Shapiro, "The Burkean Outlook," Open Yale course, 31 March 2010.
Excerpt: [S]ociety is not subordinate to the individual, which is the most rock-bottom commitment of the workmanship idea. On the contrary, the individual is subordinate to society. Obligations come before rights. We only get rights as a consequence of the… More

Reflections on Burke’s Reflections

- Gertrude Himmelfarb, "Reflections on Burke's Reflections," American Enterprise Institute, CSPAN, 6 October 2008.
From CSPAN: Gertrude Himmelfarb spoke about the influence of the Irish political philosopher Edmund Burke and his book Reflections on the Revolution in France. Burke, who died in 1797, served in the British Parliament and became a leading figure in the… More

Edmund Burke on Politics

- Richard Bourke, "Edmund Burke on Politics," Philosophy Bites, 20 January 2008.
For this episode of Philosophy Bites Richard Bourke of Queen Mary, London,  puts Edmund Burke in his historical context and outlines his key ideas.

The Heart of Edmund Burke

- Vigen Guroian, "The Heart of Edmund Burke," lecture hosted by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 9 January 1988.
Excerpt: Burke was a man of great compassion. … His conservatism was a justice-seeking conservatism for the sake of a humanity which often times lives under conditions unsuited to a creature made in the image and likeness of God. His conservatism did… More

Burke and the American Revolution

- Russell Kirk, "Burke and the American Revolution," undated lecture hosted by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
Russell Kirk, author of The Conservative Mind and Edmund Burke: A Genius Reconsidered, considers Burke’s writings on the American Revolution, arguing that “Burke understood the two causes,” of the revolution—political and… More