The Latest Remake of Edmund Burke

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Several years ago, when writing a book proposal for a fresh look at one of the most contentious figures in modern political thought, I toyed with calling the project "The Last Remake of Edmund Burke." The title was a playful admission that no single author could ever hope to end the perennial and often passionate debates over Burke’s philosophy—yet still we try.

An endless profusion of volumes on Burke has appeared during the past couple of