Political Theory

Liberty and the French and American Revolutions


The colloquium, held in Spanish, examined important texts on the American and French Revolutions to introduce a Latin American audience to some of the different perspectives these thinkers had about the fundamental social changes that resulted from the American and French Revolutions in their respective countries.


From Liberty Fund

Select Works of Edmund Burke: Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents and The Two Speeches on America

by By Edmund Burke
Compiled and with a Foreword and Notes by Francis Canavan

This famed Payne edition of Select Works of Edmund Burke is universally revered by students of English history and political thought.

Volume 1, Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents and The Two Speeches on America, contains Burke’s brilliant defense of the American colonists’ complaints of British policy, including…

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Additional Readings

Burke, Edmund. Reflexiones sobre la Revolución en Francia. Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 2003.

Mackintosh, James. Vindiciae Gallicae and Other Writings on the French Revolution. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2006.

Paine, Thomas. Derechos del Hombre: respuesta al ataque realizado por el Sr. Burke, contra la Revolución Francesa. Translated by Fernando Santos Fontenla. Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 1984.

Tocqueville, Alexis de. La Democracia en America. Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Economica, 2000.