Edmund Burke: Sublime, ethics and revolution

Thesis Type: Doctorate

Institution Of The Thesis: Uludağ Üniversitesi, Turkey

Approval Date: 2018

Thesis Language: Turkish




I open the discussion of the concepts of "Sublime", "Ethics" and "Revolution" in the context of the epistemology, ethics and political philosophy of the Irish-British statesman and "social philosopher" Edmund Burke .I introduced my examination, its methods and some of the considerations about conservatism and how different ideological, intellectual circles identified and evaluated Burke and thesis and arguments of my study in the "introduction" chapter.In the first chapter (" Edmund Burke:" Social Philosopher and Politician ") I summarized Burke's life, his intellectual interests, his political life, and I considered Burke as a thinker of the Enlightenment and Revolution in "Aaraf"/Purgatory.In the second chapter ("Sublime, Imagination and Ethics") I carried out an ethical debate on Burke's views on aesthetics and epistemology, and I argued that his critique of the French Revolution was an ethical critique.In the third chapter I tried to present the criticism of "revolution", "jacobenism" and "democracy" with reference to Burke's criticism of revolution and by calling out the concepts of "Grace", "historicism", "progress", "utopia", "human rights" and "totalitarianism". The arguments that I generally suggest in this work are: Burke's emphasis on sublime and imagination is emphasis on ethics.The French Revolution is the destruction of the sublime, moral imagination and ethics .The idea of a revolution is an illusion ill-fated with fanaticism and jacobenism which got inspired of "progression" narrative, historicisim", "humanism".Burke's criticism of revolution and jacobenism pioneered the critique of totalitarianism.