'Limits of abstract . . . (and) . . . moral competence'

A distinction which Burke was always ready to draw, and had used in his reasoning on the American revolution. Abstract is always a term of depreciation with him; statesmen have to deal with what is practically attainable, not with what is ideally perfect.

Note by A.J.Grieve (MA), from Price's Sermon in Part One of Reflections On The Revolution In France
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