‘Law and Lawyers in Edmund Burke’s Scottish Enlightenment’
Studies in Burke and His Time, (ns) Vol. 20, No. 1, p. 38, 2005
28 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2009
Date Written: 2005
On the margins of 'patriotism' and 'popery', Edmund Burke's essential Irishness remains poorly understood, not least in Ireland. But Burke was himself twice lord rector of Glasgow - he preceded Adam Smith - and there are few aspects of his life so neglected and so potentially rewarding as his relationships - personal,professional, and philosophical - to Scots jurists and the 'Scottish enlightenment'. Between them, Burke and the Scots exemplified the most pressing debates and developments of the century.
Keywords: Edmund Burke, law, lawyers, Scotland, Scottish Enlightenment
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