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Edmund Burke and enlightenment sociability: justice, honour and the principles of government

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This article situates the work of Edmund Burke, principally his writings on the French Revolution, in an enlightenment debate about sociability, monarchy and mixed government. It shows how his conception of manners in general, and honour in particular, relates to similar preoccupations in Montesquieu, Voltaire, Smith and Millar, and how that conception has consequences for his theory of authority and moderation in politics.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of London, Queen Mary and Westfield College, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS.

Publication date: 2000-04-01

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