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Francis Canavan



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As Kathryn notes below, Fr. Francis Canavan passed away this morning. Among his many scholarly achievements, Canavan was one of the great readers and interpreters of Edmund Burke, and a particularly astute analyst of Burke’s critique of the limits of choice as the organizing principle of a society. He was a happy warrior in the mid-20th century battle over Burke and natural law, and all subsequent readers of Burke, wherever they come down on the question, owe Canavan a great debt of gratitude and appreciation. On that subject and on so many others, he wrote with passion and with earnest and open-minded curiosity: a model of scholarship. And more importantly, he was a kind and generous man. RIP.



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