Influence of the French Revolution on the Lives and Thought of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft, Immanuel Kant, and Pius VI. The End of Conservatism

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Langan discusses the French Revolution from a variety of perspectives given by influential thinkers of the late 18th century. His thesis is that conservatism was forever changed by the French Revolution, and that conservatism’s modern origins are in direct response to the revolution and its ideals as they were critically examined by Edmund Burke. As Langan argues, conservatives tend to adopt intellectual categories which if taken to their natural conclusions lead to liberal results.


“Langan’s rejection of conservatism bespeaks a profound transformation in the Catholic mind, one that is at this point far beyond the ken of the Church’s current leaders, who aspire to store up political riches where moths can eat and rust can corrode in the corridors of a dying empire which holds them in contempt.”

-Prof. E. Michael Jones,
Temple University

“A careful reading of the reasoning and of the materials which sustain it brings one to recognize in this piece of scholarship an act of historiological justice. A real philosopher and saint has been rescued from slander.”

-Prof. Carlos A. Casanova,
International Academy of Philosophy, Chile

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Revolutionary Guilt of John Adams

Chapter 2: Liberal Tensions in Burke and Wollstonecraft

Chapter 3: Immanuel Kant: Terrorist Conservative

Chapter 4: Pius VI’s Statesmanship during the French Revolution

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