Attracting philosophers, politicians, artists as well as the educated reader, Edmund Burkes Philosophical Enquiry, first published in 1757, was a milestone in western thinking. This edited volume will take the 250th anniversary of the Philosophical Enquiry as an occasion to reassess Burkes prominence in the history of ideas. Situated on the threshold between early modern philosophy and the Enlightenment, Burkes oeuvre combines reflections on aesthetics, politics and the sciences. This collection is the first book length work devoted primarily to Burkes Philosophical Enquiry in both its historical context and for its contemporary relevance. It will establish the fact that the Enquiry is an important philosophical and literary work in its own right.