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Cutting the Golden Key

Those who know anything of contemporary scholarship or the political philosophy of Edmund Burke know that Peter J. Stanlis clearly holds the title of "Dean of Burke Studies." While Russell Kirk ushered in the return to Burke in America, it is Stanlis who has, more than any other scholar, sustained the revival of Burke scholarship. It is Stanlis who dropped the bombshell in the laps of jaded and torpid utilitarian expositors of Burke's thought with his monumental work, Edmund Burke and the Natural Law, first published by the University of Michigan Press and recently reprinted. This was followed by the inauguration of the Burke Newsletter, which became Studies in Burke and His Times, edited by Stanlis; his subsequent publication of Edmund Burke: A Bibliography of Secondary Studies to 1982 instantly became an invaluable resource. The present work, Edmund Burke: The Enlightenment and Revolution, brings into one volume a rich cross section of some of Stanlis's writings on Edmund Burke. The book is constructed in three parts devoted to Burke's political philosophy, his critique of the Enlightenment, and his view of revolution in general and on the Revolution of 1688 in particular.

Reading someone so diverse in his subject matter and unsystematic in his style as Burke, one naturally seeks from his commentators the essential meaning unifying the literally global nature of...

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