Like few other historical events, the French Revolution continues to greatly influence Western political thought. Although with some substantial differences – can we talk about one revolution or, rather, two different revolutions? – Edmund Burke and Mme de Staël show how the revolutionary principles brought with them powerful problems. Popular sovereignty, the principles of equality and freedom, among others, were understood, in fact, in a rationalistic, dogmatic and Manichean way, without applying those necessary virtues that must always accompany human thought and actions, in order to avoid pernicious degenerations: prudence and moderation, skepticism and a sense of limit.
Keywords: Revolution, Conservatism, Liberty, Burke, Mme de Staël.
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