Edmund Burke and the Discourse of Virtue
Edmund Burke (1729-1797) continues to command a major presence in the history and criticism of Western thought. A great deal of attention, accordingly, is paid to the philosophical and literary qualities of his writings. Such emphases, however, overlook what Browne argues to be Burke's most important legacy: his choice to engage principles through the media of public life. This achievement is illustrated by Burke's concern for virtue as a principle of civic action and responsibility.
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