Scholarly Comments on Academic Economics

Several Scattered Hints Concerning Philosophy and Learning Collected Here from My Papers


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In this little known writing, a young Edmund Burke shares some reflections on virtues for those species of action we call thinking, understanding, believing, learning, and discoursing. The piece dates from the 1750s, and is reproduced, with some omissions, from the slim book published by Cambridge University Press in 1957 titled A Note-Book of Edmund Burke: Poems, Characters, Essays and Other Sketches in the Hands of Edmund and William Burke Now Printed for the First Time in Their Entirety and Edited by H. V. F. Somerset. Burke says that a wide learning spares us of “false admirations that a more general knowledge would go a great way to Cure,” and that acquaintance with numerous sciences prompts us “rather to master those principles that govern almost all of them than to sift into those particulars that direct and distinguish each of them separately.”