Saturday, January 18, 2014

Lawler: "Edmund Burke and Leo Strauss"

By Peter Lawler here. A taste:
... Burke is an evilthinker because he teaches that constitutions are grown, not made; because he lacks the conviction of the superiority of the philosophic life that should order the hierarchy of ends in the best regime; because he has an indefinite but real understanding of the flourishing of individuality that makes him fatally modern (or Lockean/Humean); because he seems to rank imagination and sentiment higher than reason in understanding beauty and such; and because he facilitated the eradication of natural right by history or historicism. 
But, practically speaking, Burke was always right–about America, Ireland, India, and the French Revolution etc. ...

No comments: