The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence

Book Colloquium
Tuesday
1
December

End date

01 December 2015

Time

17:00 to 18:30
Venue: 
Lecture Theatre, Manor Road Building, Social Sciences Division, Manor Rd, Oxford OX1 3UQ
 
In this book colloquium on David Bromwich’s biography of Edmund Burke, legal and political experts from both sides of the Atlantic will discuss Burke's life and work.
 
David Bromwich’s portrait of statesman Edmund Burke (1730–1797) is the first biography to attend to the complexity of Burke’s thought as it emerges in both the major writings and private correspondence. 
 
This intellectual biography examines the first three decades of Burke’s professional life. His protest against the cruelties of English society and his criticism of all unchecked power laid the groundwork for his later attacks on abuses of government in India, Ireland, and France. 
 
Burke is commonly seen as the father of modern conservatism. Bromwich reveals the matter to be far more subtle and interesting. Burke was a defender of the rights of disfranchised minorities and an opponent of militarism. His politics diverge from those of any modern party, but all parties would be wiser for acquaintance with his writing and thoughts.
 

Participants:

 
Denis Galligan, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford
 
John W Adams, Chairman of the Board, FLJS; and Adjunct Professor, Rutgers University
 
Andrew Murphy, Associate Professor, Political Science Department, Rutgers University
 

Praise for The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke

Bromwich's patient and subtle exposition is a continuing delight.

London Review of Books

Bromwich s intellectual acuity provides key insights into how aesthetics and politics fused.

– Irish Times 

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Tuesday, 1 December 2015 -
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