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The Catholicism of Edmund Burke: Assessing recent scholarly discussions over the contested Catholic influence on Burke
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay studies recent scholarly debates over Edmund Burke’s (1729/30-1797) relation to the Roman Catholic faith. In this essay the main arguments and considerations that have been presented in Burke scholarship since the 1990s are presented and assessed. In the light of the contemporary caricaturing of Burke as a crypto-Papist in the 18th century, and the continued debate in recent scholarship over how close Burke stood to the Roman Catholic faith, this study aims to understand what can be said about Burke’s thought as it has been presented by recent scholars. The main question posed in this essay is whether Catholicism is essential to understand Burke, and therefore a correct understanding of Burke not being possible without taking this aspect into account. The question is analysed by studying to what extent recent scholars argue for Catholicism being essential and necessary to understand Burke’s life and thought.

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2016. , 31 p.
Keyword [en]
Edmund Burke, Catholicism, Providence, Jacobitism, Thomism
National Category
Humanities History of Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-294954OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-294954DiVA: diva2:932024
Available from: 2016-06-13 Created: 2016-05-31 Last updated: 2016-06-13Bibliographically approved

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