Philosophic
Note created by A.J.Grieve, MA

(P. 86, 1. 16.) 'Cabal calling itself philosophic ': "philosophic" seems here to imply free-thinking, the rejection of Christianity. Many of the leading thinkers in England (named below by Burke) during the eighteenth century had belonged to the "deistic" school, who had advocated a rationalist handling of the records and beliefs of Christianity. They never formulated any system, and indeed can hardly be called a "school" of thought, though much of their work was based on the teaching and spirit of John Locke.

Note from the chapter 'The Achievements Of France' from the work "Reflections On The Revolution Of France" by Edmund Burke
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