Defending Political Theory After Burke: Stewart's Intellectual Disciplines and the Demotion of Practice

  title={Defending Political Theory After Burke: Stewart's Intellectual Disciplines and the Demotion of Practice},
  author={Ryan Walter},
  journal={Journal of the History of Ideas},
  pages={387 - 408}
  • Ryan Walter
  • Published 17 July 2019
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of the History of Ideas
Abstract:To subject politics to "theory," "metaphysics," or "speculation" was disreputable in 1790s Britain, owing largely to the success of Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), which linked these practices with enthusiasm. This fact is well established, but less studied are the means by which those committed to these forms of inquiry defended their intellectual conduct. Dugald Stewart's Elements of the Philosophy of the Human Mind (1792) was a pedagogical text that… 
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