Portrait of Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke

1729 – 1797

Edmund Burke (1729-1797) was an English political philosopher who is often seen as laying the foundations of modern conservatism. Although he supported the American colonies in the revolution against the British crown, he strongly opposed the French Revolution, the rise of unbridled democracy, and the growing corruption of government.

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See the Liberty Matters online discussion on Smith, Hume, and Burke as Policy Liberals and Polity Conservatives

See also our collection of extracts, essays, and other resources about Burke.

Read the Liberty Classics “A Fairy Land of Philosophy” from Law & Liberty

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