Annual Edmund Burke Lecture 2022

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The Trinity Long Room Hub, Arts and Humanities Research Institute invite you to attend the Annual Edmund Burke Lecture 2022. This year the lecture will be given by Michael Ignatieff, the Canadian writer, historian, former politician, and a renowned international commentator on democracy, civil liberty, and human rights.

In the 2022 Edmund Burke lecture, Michael will engage with Burke’s writings in order to consider the legacy and implications of revolutionary violence for democracy. He writes:

‘All democracies born of revolution—France, America, and Ireland, for example—have to find ways to reckon with their revolutionary origins, and with the violence that attended their birth. Since revolutions empower the people to rise up in defence of their rights, revolutionary origins can continue to inspire succeeding generations to defend theirs, but they can also pose a continuing challenge to the stability of democratic institutions. Edmund Burke’s reflections on the revolutions of 1688 in Britain, the American Revolution of 1776, and the French Revolution of 1789 can help us understand how contemporary democracies should handle the often combustible heritage of revolutionary origins.’

Edmund Burke was an Irish-born British statesman, economist, and philosopher. Born in Dublin, Burke served as a member of Parliament between 1766 and 1794 in the House of Commons of Great Britain with the Whig Party.

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