Edmund Burke's Reflections On The Revolution In France

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Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke
Introduction
Edmund Burke, acclaimed philosopher and politician, dedicated his classic work of modern conservatism, Reflections on the Revolution in France, to emphasize on the outrageous destruction of society’s institution by the French revolutionaries and the threat their unyielding democracy imposes on society and tradition. Indeed, Burke’s philosophy seems to be influenced greatly by his personal view of history and moral sense, which, to some extent, has been a hindrance to my understanding of his thread of philosophy. However, I have attempted to grasp as much from and delve as deep into this book of revolution and conservatism.
1. About the author
Edmund Burke (1729-1797) was
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