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Edmund Burke and the French Revolution

October 15, 2012

Below please find some web questions on a reading we did from Shaping of the Modern World (pp. 107-112): “Reflections on the Revolution in France” by Irish statesman and political philosopher, Edmund Burke (1729-1797).  These were written by your classmate, Jotty Francois-Fils.

In Edmund Burke’s writings on the French Revolution, how do you understand his “true concept” of the rights of man and the “true nature” of government? What is the relationship between them?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Teddy Chattah permalink
    October 24, 2012 7:14 pm

    Edmund Burke was a strong believer in the human right to property and that property defined a persons social class. The system and relationship of governement with the people was like a human heart to a body–it’s infanitely complex. Burke believed that people must have private property and tradition. Man must also follow the governement even if they have rules that are not rational. Burke believed in gradual change of governement rather than Radical Revolutions. That being said, government needed to be formed based on concrete liberties and rights in order to prevent an oppressive government.

  2. Syed permalink
    October 30, 2012 8:09 pm

    To live in a civil society man have to follow some set of rules. Those rules are considered the rights of Man. Men have to follow those rule to live in a civil society. Some example of the rights of men are maximizing profit in a legal way,involvement in social affairs. every men have the same amount of right individually.The Govt. is created to fulfill the rights of men. The govt. have to handle rights of all of their citizens and they have to meet the necessary need in a individual form. The constitution is a platform that is created to protect all necessity of individual citizen. The purpose of govt is to meet the rights of man in a grouply fashion which is almost impossible for an individual to obtain by himself.

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