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Political Science
Simone Chambers

Nov. 21/13 The first part deals with the glorious revolution and setting up a different plan for it, instead of Richard Price’s. The next section is what he has to say about the French Revolution The 3 section contains very popular phrases about Marie Antoinette and chivalry. In the 4 section he distinguishes his concept of contract from the other that have been put forward. Nature: wisdom without reflection Innovation selfish Political system in ‘symmetry with the order of the world’ Politics ought to ‘preserve the method of nature’ Conformity to nature fortifies ‘the fallible and feeble contrivances of our reason’ Bases of reverence same in individuals as institutions Nature and passion (not speculation and inventions) are the ‘conservatories of our rights.’ Burke has suspicion and does not believe that human reason alone is able to structure the world in a coherent way. Change must be incremental, not radical or innovative. Mistakes of the French Despising everything that ‘belonged to you’ The monarchs had a huge power because they could call them and dismiss them. Burke says that in the estates there was potential but they blew it The 3 estate: commons, splits off and calls them the national assembly and says its going to ignore the other 2 estates and that the King should just deal with it, and they start proposing constitutional changes. 36- ‘you had all these advantages in you ancient states but you chose to act as though you had never been molded into civil society…set up trade w/o capital’ Reliance of theoreticians rather than people with experience in statecraft ‘…Nothing which they afterwards did could appear astonishing…not one man was to be found, the best were only men of theory’ Destruction of prejudice- Nothing in heaven or earth constrains a constituent assembly 45- ‘the assembly since the destruction of the orders, has no fundamental law…instead of finding themselves obliged…nothing upon heaven or earth…’ Should hairdressers rule? Not combatting prejudice but nature Burke believes that all people are morally equal, but does not believe that the moral equality should lead to social equality; there are distinctions in class and society that are essential to society. P4
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