The Edmund Burke Society
Welcome to the web home of the Edmund Burke Society of America.
Here you will find information about the society and its schedule, access to the society’s journal, Studies in Burke and His Time, extracts from our former newsletter Reflections, together with scholarly materials and articles on Edmund Burke.
The society is dedicated to the study, interpretation, and application of the life and thought of Edmund Burke. Its guiding principle is that the substance of Burke’s political thought should remain the subject of vigorous discussion and debate and that an interest in his thought and in its significance historically and for us today is sufficient qualification for association. Through its activities and publications, the society seeks to present the perennial insight and wisdom of Edmund Burke to a new generation as a salutary guide for action, reform, and renewal.
The Estoril Political Forum, the international annual conference of the Institute for Political Studies of the Catholic University of Portugal, invited the Edmund Burke Society to lead a session during its 2020 conference, “New Authoritarian Challenges to Liberal Democracy.” Dr. Ian Crowe, director of the Edmund Burke Society, addressed the topic “Edmund Burke and the Limits of Toleration” and was joined by Greg Weiner, Assumption University; Ivone Moreira, Universidade Católica Portuguesa; and Luke Sheahan, Duquesne University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Speakers at the Edmund Burke Society’s fourth international conference titled “Edmund Burke, Russell Kirk, and Revolution in the Modern Mind,” held at Belmont Abbey College, North Carolina, in 2018.
A report on the conference, including the texts of the two keynote addresses and panel contributions, can be found in the 2019 issue of Studies in Burke and His Time.
The video recording of the 2020 conference panel discussion can be viewed here.
The revival of this society’s journal, Studies in Burke and His Time, coincided fortuitously with the appearance of the second part of F.P. Lock’s seminal two-volume biography of Edmund Burke, published by the Clarendon Press in 2006. The ensuing ten years have been particularly rich ones for students of Edmund Burke, with substantial publications that have risen to Lock’s work in scope and penetration while providing their own diverse yet strongly coherent perspectives on Burke’s intellectual and political development.
To illustrate the richness of what David Womersley, Thomas Warton Professor of English at the University of Oxford, has recently called “a golden age of Burke scholarship,” we make available below a link to an interview by Richard Bourke (Empire and Revolution. The Political Life of Edmund Burke, Princeton University Press, 2015) for Liberty Fund, Inc.’s Liberty Law Talk site. The Edmund Burke Society gratefully acknowledges permission from Liberty Fund, Inc. to post this link: