Liberty and Responsibility in Swift and Burke


Swift and Burke produced works that are indispensable to an understanding of the thought of eighteenth-century England, and each made liberty and responsibility central themes of his major writings. Both writers were dedicated to protecting the liberties enjoyed by Englishmen against the rising tide of destructive ideology and dangerous abstraction.


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Further Reflections on the Revolution in France

by By Edmund Burke
Edited by Daniel E. Ritchie

In his famous Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), Edmund Burke excoriated French revolutionary leaders for recklessly destroying France’s venerable institutions and way of life. But his war against the French intelligentsia did not end there, and Burke continued to take pen in hand against the Jacobins until his…

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Additional Readings

Burke, Edmund. Select Works of Edmund Burke, Volume 4: Miscellaneous Writings. Edited by and compiled by Francis Canavan. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1999.

Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver's Travels and Other Writings. Edited by Miriam Kosh Starkman. New York City: Bantam Classics, 2005.