Master of Arts (MA)
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This study examines the political thought of Ambrose Bierce. Because of his aversion to Gilded Age politics, Bierce did not participate in the political process. As a result, his political thought must be considered from an ideological or philosophical perspective; Examination of his views suggests Bierce was a philosophical conservative much like the "father" of British conservative thought, Edmund Burke. Though many political historians argue American political culture has never contained elements of British conservatism, others claim there has always existed a small strain of Burkean conservatism throughout American political history. This study supports the latter view by holding the political thought of Ambrose Bierce closely follows the conservative philosophy of Burke and other British conservatives.
Ambrose; Bierce; Philosophy; Politics
Political science; Philosophy; American literature
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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MacMillan, Jeffrey Raymond, "Ambrose Bierce: Between politics and philosophy" (1992). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 176.