The Edmund Burke Society of America
Information on forthcoming books about Edmund Burke can be found at
the following websites:
- Elizabeth Lambert’s study of Edmund Burke
of Beaconsfield is due to appear this May. The book will focus
upon the domestic and private friendships of Edmund Burke from 1750,
when he first traveled to England, until 1812, the year of the death
of his wife, Jane. “In many and complex ways,” the advertisement
reads, “Beaconsfield is an essential key to the Edmund Burke
who defined himself as the embodiment of Cicero’s ‘new
man’ and whose marital relationship with Jane Nugent Burke
sustained, nurtured, and drove him throughout his political career.
Further details, and order information, can be found at
the publisher. See also the
- Luke Gibbons’s new book, Edmund Burke
and Ireland: Aesthetics, Politics and the Colonial Sublime, is
due for publication by Cambridge University Press later in the year.
At present, the most accessible information on the volume is available
- Recently published by the University of Chicago Press is A Moral
Enterprise: Politics, Reason, and the Human Good, a collection
of essays marking the distinguished academic career of Fr. Francis
Canavan, political theorist and Burke scholar. Two essays in the
collection will be of particular interest to our readers. Our president, Joseph
Pappin III, has contributed an essay entitled “Edmund
Burke on Tradition and Human Progress: Ordered Liberty and the Politics
of Change,” and F. P. Lock has written on “Burke
and Human Rights.” For further details, and to order a copy,
Communications with Other Burke Societies
A little over a year ago, the Edmund Burke Society’s newsletter
carried a reference to the recently established Edmund Burke
Foundation in the Netherlands. Here is a more detailed description of the Foundation’s
mission, written by Bart Jan Spruyt, one of the Foundation’s
The spirit of Edmund Burke is still alive in the Netherlands. On November
1, 2002, the Dutch Edmund Burke Foundation became the first independently
funded, public policy think tank in The Netherlands devoted to conservative
ideas. The Burke Foundation was formed at the end of 2000 as a non-partisan
public policy platform with two main aims: first, to broaden knowledge
of Edmund Burke’s works; second, to promote an understanding
of conservative philosophy, to publish books and articles about Burke
and conservatism, to develop policy proposals, to bring together those
interested in conservatism in The Netherlands, and to challenge established
assumptions underlying public opinion in our notoriously “progressive” country.
To these ends, the Foundation is keen to foster stronger links with
other institutes worldwide that are committed to conservatism and the
ideal of a free and virtuous society.
Last year, Dr. Bart Jan Spruyt edited and translated into Dutch an anthology
of Burke’s writings, Edmund Burke: Het wezen van het conservatisme.
Een bloemlezing uit ‘Reflections on the Revolution in France.’ The
volume includes an introduction tracing Burke’s reception and influence
in The Netherlands.
For further information, visit
the Foundation’s website (Dutch)
or contact the Edmund Burke Foundation in the Netherlands at: Edmund
Burke Foundation, P.O. Box 10498, 2501 HL The Hague, The Netherlands.