Reflections on the Revolution in France Questions and Answers
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Why does Burke object to a polity founded on 'reason' and 'rights' rather than 'tradition' and 'responsibilities?' IN Reflections on the Revolution in France.

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The basic reason for this is that Burke was a conservative.  He was skeptical about the ability of people to create a perfect world and was more willing to trust the idea that centuries of experience were a better guide than theories derived from reason.

Burke did not believe that people could create a perfect system.  He believed that human nature was too negative to allow this to happen.  Because of this, he was suspicious of a polity...

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