Edmund Burke By: Swetha, Casandra, & Hannah Biography • Born in Dublin, Ireland, 1729. • Educated at Trinity College, Dublin. • He was an Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher. • He relocated to England and served in the House of Commons of Great Britain as a member of the Whig party. • Some of his works are Vindication of Natural Society, Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, American Taxation, and Reflections on the Revolution in France. • He died on July 9, 1797 in Beaconsfield, England. Ideology • Burke never systematized his political philosophy. His point of view came through his writings and his speeches. • He is remembered for his opposition to the French Revolution. • He is generally viewed as the philosophical founder of modern conservatism. • He became the leading figure within the conservative faction of the Whig party, which he dubbed the "Old Whigs", in opposition to the pro- French-Revolution "New Whigs" led by Charles James Fox.
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