Major Works

  • Reflections on the Revolution in France

    - Recommended edition: Reflections on the Revolution in France, ed. J.G.A. Pocock (Indianapolis, Hackett, 1987). Originally published 1790.
    Excerpt: It is now sixteen or seventeen years since I saw the queen of France, then the dauphiness, at Versailles; and surely never lighted on this orb, which she hardly seemed to touch, a more delightful vision. I saw her just above the horizon, decorating… More

Other Works

  • A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origins of the Sublime and Beautiful

    - A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origins of the Sublime and Beautiful: And Other Pre-Revolutionary Writings, ed. David Womersley (New York: Penguin, 1998). Originally published 1757.
    Excerpt: The passions which belong to self-preservation turn on pain and danger; they are simply painful when their causes immediately affect us; they are delightful when we have an idea of pain and danger, without being actually in such circumstances; this… More
  • Selected Letters of Edmund Burke

    - Selected Letters of Edmund Burke, ed. Harvey Mansfield (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984).
    From Amazon: Edmund Burke (1729-97) was a British statesman, a political philosopher, a literary critic, the grandfather of modern conservatism, and an elegant, prolific letter writer and prose stylist. His most important letters, filled with sparkling prose… More
  • Thoughts and Details on Scarcity

    - Miscellaneous Writings. ed. E. J. Payne. (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1999).
    Editorial note: This document is the nearest thing to a formal treatise on economics that Edmund Burke ever wrote. Even so, it was not meant as a full treatment of the subject but was a lengthy memorandum to the Prime Minister, William Pitt, on an immediate… More
  • On Empire, Liberty and Reform: Speeches and Letters

    - On Empire, Liberty and Reform: Speeches and Letters, ed. David Bromwich (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000).
    From the publisher: The great British statesman Edmund Burke had a genius for political argument, and his impassioned speeches and writings shaped English public life in the second half of the eighteenth century. This anthology of Burke’s speeches,… More


  • Conservatism Revisited

    - Peter Viereck. Conservatism Revisited (New York: The Free Press, 1962 [1949]).
    Excerpt from 1962 edition: …it is imprecise to call conservative those counter-revolutionary ideologues of the right who defy the conservative principles of continuity with the past by trying to wrench American life out of its liberal and New Deal past.… More
  • The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot

    - Russell Kirk. The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot (Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1960). First edition originally published 1953.
    Excerpt: Conscious conservatism, in the modern sense, did not manifest itself until 1790, with the publication of Reflections on the Revolution in France. In that year the prophetic powers of Burke fixed in the public consciousness, for the first time, the… More
  • Edmund Burke and the Argument from Circumstance

    - Richard Weaver, "Edmund Burke and the Argument from Circumstance" in The Ethics of Rhetoric (Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1953).
    Excerpt: Burke is widely respected as a conservative who was intelligent enough to provide solid philosophical foundations for his conservatism. It is perfectly true that many of his observations upon society have a conservative basis; but if one studies the… More
  • Natural Right and History

    - Leo Strauss. "Burke" in Natural Right and History. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1953). pp.
  • Conservatism as an Ideology

    - Samuel P. Huntington, "Conservatism as an Ideology" American Political Science Review, Vol. 51, No. 2 (Jun., 1957), pp. 454-473.
    Excerpt: Most writers agree, and it is assumed here, that Burke is properly called a conservative. The question, consequently, is: can Burke best be understood as the spokesman for the feudal aristocratic order, the expounder of values and ideals universally… More
  • Edmund Burke’s Conception of the Role of Reason in Politics

    - Francis J. Canavan, "Edmund Burke's Conception of the Role of Reason in Politics," The Journal of Politics, Vol. 21, No. 1 (Feb., 1959), pp. 60-79.
    Excerpt: British and American scholars have generally taken Edmund Burke for a utilitarian and an empiricist with a keen sense of historical development, qualified by certain religious prepossessions which inclined him to conservatism. … All of these… More
  • Edmund Burke’s View of History

    - John C. Weston, Jr., "Edmund Burke's View of History," The Review of Politics, Vol. 23, No. 2 (Apr., 1961), pp. 203-229.
    Excerpt: Most analyses of views of history resolve themselves into considerations of progress. We ask, does a particular man believe in progress? And since most modem thinkers do believe in some form of progress, the answer acquires significance for its… More
  • Rationality and Representation in Burke’s Bristol Speech

    - Harvey C. Mansfield, "Rationality and Representation in Burke's Bristol Speech," in Rational Decision, C.J. Friedrich, ed., (AldineTransaction, 1964).
  • Review of Burke, Paine, and the Rights of Man

    - Harvey C. Mansfield, Review of Burke, Paine, and the Rights of Man: A Difference of Political Opinion, by R. R. Fennessy, The Burke Newsletter, vol. 6 (Spring 1965): 443-45.
  • Review of The Correspondence of Edmund Burke

    - Harvey C. Mansfield, Review of The Correspondence of Edmund Burke Volume V: July 1782-June 1789, Holden Furber and P. J. Marshall, eds., Political Science Quarterly, December 1966.
  • The Concept of Representation

    - Hanna Pitkin. The Concept of Representation (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1967).  
    Excerpt: What happens to the idea of representation when a writer concentrates on the representing of unattached abstractions is nowhere shown more clearly than in the thought of Edmund Burke. For Burke, political representation is the representation of… More
  • Burke and Machiavelli on Principles in Politics

    - Harvey C. Mansfield, "Burke and Machiavelli on Principles in Politics," Edmund Burke: The Enlightenment and the Modern World, P.H. Stanlis, ed., University of Detroit Press, 1967, pp. 49-79.
  • Burke on Christianity

    - Harvey C. Mansfield, "Burke on Christianity," Studies in Burke and His Time, Vol. 9 (1968), pp. 864-865.
  • Burke, Edmund

    - Harvey C. Mansfield, "Burke, Edmund," Encyclopedia Americana, New York: Americana Corporation, 1969.
  • Edmund Burke: The Psychology of Citizenship

    - Larry Adams, "Edmund Burke: The Psychology of Citizenship," Interpretation, Winter 1973.
  • Review of The Social Thought of Rousseau and Burke: A Comparative Study

    - Harvey C. Mansfield, Review of The Social Thought of Rousseau and Burke: A Comparative Study, by David Cameron, Studies in Burke and His Time, vol. 17 (Winter 1976): 64-68.
  • Burke

    - C.B. Macpherson, Burke (Oxford University Press, 1980).
    Excerpt: There is no doubt that in everything he wrote and did, he venerated the traditional order. But his traditional order was already a capitalist order. He saw that it was so, and wished it to be more freely so. He had no romantic yearning for a bygone… More
  • Natural Law and Historicity: Burke and Niebuhr

    - Vigen Guroian, "Natural Law and Historicity: Burke and Niebuhr," Modern Age 25, no. 2 (June 1981).
    Excerpt: Edmund Burke and Reinhold Niebuhr have not often been made the subjects of a comparative inquiry. Yet, for the inquisitive, there is to be found a broad and deep confluence of their ideas on politics and the moral life. And one of the most… More
  • The Value-Centered Historicism of Edmund Burke

    - Joseph Baldacchino, "The Value-Centered Historicism of Edmund Burke," Modern Age 27, no. 2 (1983).
    Excerpt: As he opposed the notion of a “geographical” morality, so, too, did Burke denounce the idea that man’s moral duty changes with the passage of time. “We know that we have made no discoveries,” he writes, “and we… More
  • Review of Selected Letters of Edmund Burke

    - Francis Canavan, Review of Selected Letters of Edmund Burke edited by Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr., Interpretation, September 1985.
  • Conservatism: Dream and Reality

    - Robert Nisbet. Conservatism: Dream and Reality (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1986).
    From Amazon: Nisbet holds that although political philosophers are often conceived in terms of their views of the individual and the state, a more useful approach adds the factor of social groups or communities mediating between the individual and the state.… More
  • Edmund Burke by Harvey Mansfield

    - Harvey C. Mansfield, "Edmund Burke," History of Political Philosophy, Leo Strauss and Joseph Cropsey, eds., 3rd ed., Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.
    Excerpt: For almost all his adult life, Burke was a politician; for almost thirty years he was a member of the House of Commons, busy with the affairs of his party in the daily management of men and issues. His speeches, pamphlets, and books sound the grand… More
  • Edmund Burke and the American Constitution by Morton Frisch

    - Morton J. Frisch, "Edmund Burke and the American Constitution," Interpretation, Fall 1989.
    Frisch examines Burke’s opinion on the American Constitution and why Burke supported the American Revolution even as he would later oppose the French Revolution.
  • Man’s Second Disobedience: a Vindication of Burke

    - Roger Scruton, "Man’s Second Disobedience: a Vindication of Burke" in Ceri Crossley and Ian Small (eds.), The French Revolution and British Culture (Oxford University Press, 1989).
    Excerpt: Tocqueville remarked that there is the greatest difference between a ‘revolution’ (such as that of 1688, or that which founded the United States of America) through which law and adjudication continue undisturbed and which has the… More
  • Aesthetics and Politics in Edmund Burke

    - Terry Eagleton, "Aesthetics and Politics in Edmund Burke," History Workshop, No. 28 (Autumn, 1989), pp. 53-62.
    Excerpt: What the aesthetic in Burke sets its face most firmly against is the notion of natural rights. It is precisely that dryly theoretic discourse, a revolutionary one in his day, that the appeal to the intimate habits of the body is out to worst. The… More
  • A Vindication of Edmund Burke

    - Conor Cruise O'Brien, "A Vindication of Edmund Burke," National Review (December 17, 1990).
    Excerpt: What we have been witnessing in 1989-90, in the Soviet Union and in Eastern Europe, is the bankruptcy of the greatest experiment in social and political innovation ever made. What stronger vindication could there be of the principles laid down, and… More
  • Puzzling through Burke

    - Don Herzog, "Puzzling through Burke," Political Theory, Vol. 19, No. 3 (Aug., 1991), pp. 336-363
    Excerpt: There are, I suggest, three major lines of argument in Burke. One is a series of dead ends impossible to spell out coherently; another is sometimes incomplete, sometimes pernicious; the last and best offers a striking political sociology but is… More
  • Strauss’s Three Burkes: The Problem of Edmund Burke in Natural Right and History

    - Steven J. Lenzer, "Strauss's Three Burkes: The Problem of Edmund Burke in Natural Right and History," Political Theory, Vol. 19, No. 3 (Aug., 1991), pp. 364-390.
    Excerpt: Although Leo Strauss’s critique of Edmund Burke’s political theory in Natural Right and History is not the most famous ever written (it suffices to mention Paine’s Rights of Man), it is doubtless the most challenging. In part, this… More
  • The Great Melody: A Thematic Biography of Edmund Burke

    - Conor Cruise O'Brien. The Great Melody: A Thematic Biography of Edmund Burke (University of Chicago Press, 1992).
    Excerpt: Can this book properly be described as a biography? It is certainly nor a conventional biography, but it is a complete biography, extending from the circumstances – key Burkean word – of the subject’s birth in Ireland to those of… More
  • The Great Edmund Burke

    - Harvey C. Mansfield, "The Great Edmund Burke," review of The Great Melody, by Conor Cruise O'Brien, New Criterion, November 1992.
    Excerpt: The publication of The Great Melody is an event not just in the small circle of Edmund Burke scholarship but also in the larger community of historians. Still more, and above all, it is a gift to anyone who wants to understand politics. Conor Cruise… More
  • The Useful Cobbler: Edmund Burke and the Politics of Progress

    - James Conniff. The Useful Cobbler: Edmund Burke and the Politics of Progress (Albany: SUNY Press, 1994).
    Excerpt: For purpose of introduction, Burke’s contribution to the theory of representative government can be summarized in seven propositions. The first four provide a means of conceptualizing change. First, Burke argued that all abstract or… More
  • Wollstonecraft as a Critic of Burke

    - David Bromwich, "Wollstonecraft as a Critic of Burke," Political Theory, Vol. 23, No. 4 (Nov., 1995), pp. 617-634.
    Excerpt: Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Men was the first published reply to Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France. Later replies from the radical side challenged and in a measure qualified Burke’s report… More
  • Edmund Burke and India: Political Morality and Empire

    - Frederick G. Whelan. Edmund Burke and India: Political Morality and Empire (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997).
    From the publisher: Edmund Burke and India is the first thorough treatment of Burke’s views on India, even though the affairs of the British Indian empire occupied more of Burke’s attention – and occupy more space among his writings and… More
  • Gentlemen’s Gentleman: Edmund Burke’s Critique of Theory

    - Harvey C. Mansfield, "Gentlemen's Gentleman: Edmund Burke's Critique of Theory," Times Literary Supplement, 11 July 1997.
  • The Prudent Irishman: Edmund Burke’s Realism

    - John Bolton, "The Prudent Irishman: Edmund Burke's Realism," The National Interest, Winter 1997-98.
    Excerpt: Edmund Burke’s insights into civil society seem strikingly apposite today to American foreign policy. Among those are his reliance on the accretion of experience and reasoning from empirical reality, his abhorrence of elevating abstract… More
  • Liberty and Revolution in Burke’s Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol

    - Mark Kremer, "Liberty and Revolution in Burke's Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol," Interpretation, Fall 1998.
  • Liberalism and Empire: A Study in Nineteenth-Century British Liberal Thought

    - Uday S. Mehta. Liberalism and Empire: A Study in Nineteenth-Century British Liberal Thought (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999).
    From the publisher: We take liberalism to be a set of ideas committed to political rights and self-determination, yet it also served to justify an empire built on political domination. Uday Mehta argues that imperialism, far from contradicting liberal tenets,… More
  • Edmund Burke and Reason of State

    - David Armitage, "Edmund Burke and Reason of State," Journal of the History of Ideas 61.4 (2000), pp. 617-634.
    Excerpt: Edmund Burke has been one of the few political thinkers to be treated seriously by international theorists. According to Martin Wight, one of the founders of the socalled “English School” of international theory, Burke was “[t]he… More
  • Liberty, Authority, and Trust in Burke’s Idea of Empire

    - Richard Bourke, "Liberty, Authority, and Trust in Burke's Idea of Empire," Journal of the History of Ideas 61.3 (2000), 453-471.
    When Edmund Burke first embarked upon a parliamentary career, British political life was in the process of adapting to a series of critical reorientations in both the dynamics of party affiliation and the direction of imperial policy. During the period of the… More
  • Edmund Burke: Modernity, Politics and Aesthetics

    - Stephen K. White. Edmund Burke: Modernity, Politics and Aesthetics, (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2002).
    From the publisher: Edmund Burke: Modernity, Politics, and Aesthetics examines the philosophy of Burke in view of its contribution to our understanding of modernity. Burke’s relevance, until recently, has lain in how his critique of the French… More
  • Edmund Burke and Ireland: Aesthetics, Politics and the Colonial Sublime

    - Luke Gibbons, Edmund Burke and Ireland: Aesthetics, Politics and the Colonial Sublime (Cambridge University Press, 2003).
    From the publisher: This study of Burke’s engagement with Irish politics and culture argues that Burke’s influential early writings on aesthetic are intimately connected to his political concerns. The concept of the sublime, at the heart of his… More
  • Edmund Burke: The Political Actor Thinking

    - Frank M. Turner. "Edmund Burke: The Political Actor Thinking," introduction to Reflections on the Revolution in France (Yale University Press, 2003).
    Excerpt: The value of Burke’s analysis … does not really lie in what many from the 1790s onward have regarded as its prophetic insights into the eventual judicial murder of the French royal family, further terror against French citizens from all… More
  • The Roads to Modernity: The British, French, and American Enlightenments

    - Gertrude Himmelfarb. The Roads to Modernity: The British, French, and American Enlightenments (New York: Knopf, 2004).
    Excerpt: Burke’s views on economics suggest that there may be something like an “Edmund Burke Problem”- a “two Burkes” phenomenon comparable to the “Adam Smith Problem.” Just as the altruistic principles of the Theory… More
  • Reactionary Prophet

    - Christopher Hitchens, "Reactionary Prophet," The Atlantic Monthly (April 2004).
    Excerpt: It is a frequent vice of radical polemic to assert, and even to believe, that once you have found the lowest motive for an antagonist, you have identified the correct one. And such reductionism makes a sort of rough partnership with the simplistic… More
  • The Monasteries of France by Derek Beales

    - Derek Beales, "Edmund Burke and the Monasteries of France," The Historical Journal, 48, 2 (2005), pp. 415–436.
    Abstract: Burke’s Reflections contains a section of about ten pages on the monasteries of France, deploring not only the confiscation of their property but also the destruction of the institutions themselves, which are defended for their contribution to… More
  • Burke’s Conservatism

    - Harvey C. Mansfield. "Burke's Conservatism," in An Imaginative Whig: Reassessing the Life and Thought of Edmund Burke, ed. Ian Crowe (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2005).
    Excerpt: In this essay, I will approach the question of Burke’s conservatism by considering the thought of two scholars whom it has been my pleasure to know and learn from: Peter J . Stanlis and Leo Strauss. … Stanlis presents Burke as “our… More
  • Burke and International Human Rights

    - Bruce Frohnen. "Burke and International Human Rights," in An Imaginative Whig: Reassessing the Life and Thought of Edmund Burke, ed. Ian Crowe (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2005).
    Excerpt: … I now focus on the thought of Edmund Burke, a statesman who, faced with a deep conflict of cultures, sought to integrate historical, moral, and political principles so as to combine support for universal rights with a defense of the rights of… More
  • Family Feuds: Wollstonecraft, Burke, and Rousseau on the Transformation of the Family

    - Eileen Hunt Botting. Family Feuds: Wollstonecraft, Burke, and Rousseau on the Transformation of the Family (Albany: SUNY Press, 2006).
    From the publisher: Family Feuds is the first sustained comparative study of the place of the family in the political thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Edmund Burke, and Mary Wollstonecraft. Eileen Hunt Botting argues that Wollstonecraft recognized both… More
  • The Burke-Wollstonecraft Debate: Savagery, Civilization, and Democracy

    - Daniel O'Neill. The Burke-Wollstonecraft Debate: Savagery, Civilization, and Democracy (University Park: Penn State Press, 2007).
    From the publisher: Many modern conservatives and feminists trace the roots of their ideologies, respectively, to Edmund Burke (1729–1797) and Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–1797), and a proper understanding of these two thinkers is therefore important as a… More
  • Edmund Burke for Our Time: Moral Imagination, Meaning, and Politics

    - William F. Byrne. Edmund Burke for Our Time: Moral Imagination, Meaning, and Politics (Dekalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2011)
    Excerpt: Although the term “moral imagination” originated with Edmund Burke, much Burke scholarship fails to mention it. Two notable early and mid-twentieth-century thinkers, Irving Babbitt and Russell Kirk, do pick up on Burke’s concept and… More
  • Edmund Burke and the Art of Rhetoric

    - Paddy Bullard. Edmund Burke and the Art of Rhetoric (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
    Excerpt: My business in the following pages is to explain how the combination of these two terms, ‘rhetoric’ and ‘character’, can help us describe the function and the beauty of Burke’s writings. Burke is acknowledged to have been the most… More
  • Strauss, Voegelin, and Burke: A Tale of Three Conservatives

    - Robert P. Kraynak, "Strauss, Voegelin, and Burke: A Tale of Three Conservatives," Modern Age, Fall 2011, Vol. 53 Issue 4.
    Abstract: The article explores the political beliefs of twentieth-century philosophers Leo Strauss, Eric Vogelin, and eighteenth-century British politician Edmund Burke. It considers the books “New Science of Politics” by Vogelin and… More
  • Patriotism and Public Spirit: Edmund Burke and the Role of the Critic in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain

    - Ian Crowe. Patriotism and Public Spirit: Edmund Burke and the Role of the Critic in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain (Stanford University Press, 2012).
    Excerpt: l h e picture ofBurke that emerges from this book is intended to capture those dominant personal and intellectual influences that have been marginalized by current historiographical and methodological orthodoxies. It will stress, in particular, the… More
  • Edmund Burke: The First Conservative

    - Jesse Norman, Edmund Burke: The First Conservative, (London: 2012).
    Written by British Member of Parliament Jesse Norman, this lively work of biography and intellectual history traces Burke’s intellectual development, and how he came to be regarded as the first conservative—a distinctly modern political position.… More
  • Burke Between Liberty and Tradition by Peter Berkowitz

    - Peter Berkowitz, "Burke Between Liberty and Tradition," Policy Review, December 2012.
    Feuding among American conservatives for the title True Conservative is nothing new. Ever since conservatism in America crystallized as a recognizable school in the 1950s, more than a few limited-government conservatives, or libertarians as they have come to… More
  • Edmund Burke in America: The Contested Career of the Father of Modern Conservatism

    - Drew Maciag. Edmund Burke in America: The Contested Career of the Father of Modern Conservatism (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013).
    From the publisher: The statesman and political philosopher Edmund Burke (1729–1797) is a touchstone for modern conservatism in the United States, and his name and his writings have been invoked by figures ranging from the arch Federalist George Cabot to… More
  • The Great Debate by Yuval Levin

    - Yuval Levin. The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left. (New York: Basic Books, 2013)
    Excerpt: This book seeks to examine Burke and Paine’s disagreement and to learn from it about both their era’s politics and ours. Using not only their dispute about the French Revolution but also the two men’s larger bodies of writing and… More
  • The Brooklyn Burkeans

    - Jonathan Bronitsky, "The Brooklyn Burkeans," National Affairs (Winter 2014), pp 121-136.
    Excerpt: “[I]f I were to say what neo-conservatism is as an intellectual impulse,” [Irving] Kristol stated in 1983, “I’d say it’s an effort to link these two conservative traditions represented on the one hand by Edmund Burke, on… More
  • Respectable Partisans of Modern Liberty

    - Mark Blitz, "Respectable Partisans of Modern Liberty," Library of Law and Liberty, October 1, 2015.
    Excerpt: Fifty years have passed since Harvey Mansfield’s path-breaking Statesmanship and Party Government first appeared. It is a book so good that Leo Strauss is said to have wished he had written it. The original edition is now available as an… More


  • Burke and the American Revolution

    - Audio recording. 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
  • The Heart of Edmund Burke

    - Audio. 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
  • Edmund Burke on Politics

    - Audio. 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.
  • 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 Natural Law and Rights Traditions

    - Peter Stanlis, "Edmund Burke on Natural Law and Rights Traditions," Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, Mecosta, Michigan, 31 October 2009.
  • Burke and the American Tradition of Ordered Liberty

    - Ian Crowe, "Burke and the American Tradition of Ordered Liberty," Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal Mecosta, Michigan, 31 October 2009.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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