Thu, Sep 27 | WLH 116

Edmund Burke, the First Modern Conservative

Lecture by Dr. Steven Hayward
Past Event

Time & Location

Sep 27, 2018, 4:30 PM
WLH 116, 100 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511, USA

About the Event

The British statesman Edmund Burke is considered to be the first “modern” conservative, though in some respects he represents an Enlightenment-era adaptation of the true “first conservative,” Aristotle. Burke’s legacy attaches mostly to his strenuous reaction to the radicalism of the French Revolution, but he had a subtle outlook that, inter alia, supported the American Revolution, opposed slavery, criticized British colonial rule in India, supported the idea of partisan political parties, and had a theory of positive change that demonstrate he should not be thought of as a mere “reactionary” against all change. 

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