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Lesson 7: Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke, Pt. 2

Watch Lesson 7 of Teaching Modern Political Philosophy, presented by Joshua Gibbs.

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Reflections on Revolution in France by Edmund Burke (use an edition with chapter markings)

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Discussion Questions
  • Discuss the following quote from Burke’s Reflections, “Because we view our rights as an inheritance we are always acting as if in the presence of canonized forefathers, and so the spirit of freedom, which by itself leads to misrule and excess is tempered with an awful gravity.” Why is it that old things have value?
  • What have you learned about teaching this portion of Burke’s Reflections to your students?

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