The Cambridge Companion to Edmund Burke
Burke's training in, knowledge of, and appreciation for law is generally recognised. Indeed, Anglo-American jurists have been quick to claim him as their own and to employ him as an authority in present debates. But his extensive use of legal language obscures how little he actually said or wrote about legal theory. Burke's comments on the law were typically made in specific and complex, rapidly changing, political controversies. His reflections are often little more than the obiter dicta of political and public debates and should not be confused with more formal commentaries on the laws. Pregnant with meaning for the present, Burke's thoughts must, here as elsewhere, be viewed in context. When this is done, his texts suggest a picture that is often at odds with common assumptions about him and his relationship to the law. The Irishman's opinion of English jurisprudence is, for example, complex and not wholly complimentary. Especially in his early pre-political writings, Burke's...
Politics, Social Theory, History of Ideas ; History of Ideas ; English Literature - 1700 - 1830 ; Languages & Literatures
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