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Collins’s Burke

Detail of a portrait of Edmund Burke, c. 1769, by Sir Joshua Reynolds (Public Domain/Wikimedia)
Commerce and Manners in Edmund Burke’s Political Economy, by Gregory M. Collins (Cambridge University Press, 578 pp., $49.99)

Gregory Collins believes that dedicating oneself to getting great figures right is a good way to do political philosophy. He has immersed himself in Edmund Burke, dedicated to getting him right. The result is this 578-page book plus several scholarly articles on Burke’s views, including those on slavery.

Collins is a postdoctoral associate and lecturer at Yale University’s political-science department. The book grew out of his dissertation at Catholic University of America. Does he get Burke right? I think so, though perhaps the account is off in minor ways.

Now the leading Burke scholar on this side of the pond, Collins emphasizes

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Daniel B. Klein — Mr. Klein is a professor of economics and holds the JIN Chair at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he leads a program in Adam Smith. He is the chief editor of Econ Journal Watch.

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