Welcome to the Edmund Burke Society
Welcome to the website of the Edmund Burke Society of America.
Here you will find information about the society and its schedule, access to the society’s journal, Studies in Burke and His Time, extracts from our former newsletter Reflections, together with scholarly materials and articles on Edmund Burke.
The society is dedicated to the study, interpretation, and application of the life and thought of Edmund Burke. Its guiding principle is that the substance of Burke’s political thought should remain the subject of vigorous discussion and debate, and that an interest in his thought and in its significance historically and for us today is sufficient qualification for association. Through its activities and publications, the society seeks to present the perennial insight and wisdom of Edmund Burke to a new generation as a salutary guide for action, reform, and renewal.
The next issue of Studies in Burke and His Time is now in production. Volume 25 (2015) will feature:
- Regina Janes, “Edmund Burke: The Man with Too Many Countries.”
- David E. White, “Burke, Barry, and Bishop Butler.”
- David Clare, “Brian Friel's Invocation of Edmund Burke in Philadelphia, Here I Come!”
- James Matthew Wilson, “Is Burke Conservatism's Intellectual Father?”
Along with reviews of
- Richard Bourke, Empire and Revolution: The Political Life of Edmund Burke.
- The Writings and Speeches of Edmund Burke. Volume IV: Party, Parliament, and the Dividing of the Whigs, 1780-1794, edited by P.J. Marshall and Donald Bryant.
The revival of this society’s journal, Studies in Burke and His Time, coincided fortuitously with the appearance of the second part of F.P. Lock’s seminal two-volume biography of Edmund Burke, published by the Clarendon Press in 2006. The ensuing ten years have been particularly rich ones for students of Edmund Burke, with substantial publications that have risen to Lock’s work in scope and penetration while providing their own diverse yet strongly coherent perspectives on Burke’s intellectual and political development.
To illustrate the richness of what David Womersley, Thomas Warton Professor of English at the University of Oxford, has recently called “a golden age of Burke scholarship,” we make available below links to interviews with the authors of two of the most recent scholarly publications on Burke: a two-part podcast interview with David Bromwich (An Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence, Harvard University Press, 2014), conducted by Michael Miller, research fellow at the Acton Institute, and an interview given by Richard Bourke (Empire and Revolution. The Political Life of Edmund Burke, Princeton University Press, 2015) for Liberty Fund, Inc.’s Liberty Law Talk site. The Edmund Burke Society gratefully acknowledges permission from the Acton Institute and Liberty Fund, Inc. to post these links.