A Companion to Michael Oakeshott

"A collection of critical essays by leading scholars on British political philosopher Michael Oakeshott.

Author: Paul Franco

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271054070

Category: Philosophy

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"A collection of critical essays by leading scholars on British political philosopher Michael Oakeshott. Essays cover all aspects of Oakeshott's thought, from his theory of knowledge and philosophies of history, religion, art, and education to his reflections on morality, politics, and law"--Provided by publisher.
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Michael Oakeshott on Authority Governance and the State

These essays address unique and under-analyzed areas in the literature on Oakeshott: authority, governance, and the state.

Author: Eric S. Kos

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030174552

Category: Business & Economics

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Michael Oakeshott on Authority, Governance, and the State presents contributions on one of the most important British philosophers of the 20th century. These essays address unique and under-analyzed areas in the literature on Oakeshott: authority, governance, and the state. They draw on some of the earliest and least-explored works of Oakeshott, including his lectures at Cambridge and the London School of Economics and difficult-to-access essays and manuscripts. The essays are authored by a diverse set of emerging and established scholars from Europe, North America, and India. This authorial diversity is not only a testimony to the growing international interest in Oakeshott, but also to a plurality of perspectives and important new insights into the thought of Michael Oakeshott.
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Lectures in the History of Political Thought

Oakeshott’s memorable lectures on the history of political thought, delivered each year at the London School of Economics, will now be available in print for the first time as Volume II of his Selected Writings.

Author: Michael Oakeshott

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 9781845403041

Category: Philosophy

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Oakeshott’s memorable lectures on the history of political thought, delivered each year at the London School of Economics, will now be available in print for the first time as Volume II of his Selected Writings. Based on manuscripts in the LSE archive for 1966–67, the last year of Oakeshott’s tenure as Professor of Political Science, these thirty lectures deal with Greek, Roman, mediaeval, and modern European political thought in a uniquely accessible manner. Scholars familiar with Oakeshott’s work will recognize his own ideas subtly blended with an exposition carefully crafted for an undergraduate audience; those discovering Oakeshott for the first time will find an account of the subject that remains illuminating and provocative.
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The Democratic Theory of Michael Oakeshott

See respectively, Ian Tregenza Michael Oakeshott on Hobbes: A Study in the Renewal of Philosophical Ideas (2003); Luke O'Sullivan, Oakeshott on History (2003); Efraim Podoksik, In Defence of Modernity: Vision and Philosophy in Michael ...

Author: Michael Minch

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 9781845403881

Category: Philosophy

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his book offers a description, explanation, and evaluation of Michael Oakeshott’s democratic theory. He was not a democratic theorist as such, but as a twentieth-century English political theorist for whom liberal theory held deep importance, his thought often engaged democratic theory implicitly, and many times did so explicitly. The author’s project penetrates two renewals. The first is the revitalization of interest in Oakeshott, and the second is the renewal of democratic theory which began in the 1980s. In respect to this latter renewal, the book engages the deliberative turn in democratic theory. These revivals create the context for this new look at Oakeshott. To state the matter as a problem, one might say that in light of new and fecund democratic theory, it is a problem for political theory if one of the most important political theorists of the twentieth century is left out of the discourse insofar as he has something relevant to say about deliberative democracy. It is of no small importance that almost all the work in democratic theory being done these days is of the deliberative/discursive kind, or responses to it. That is, deliberative theory is driving the agenda of democratic theory. The author argues that Oakeshott does indeed have something relevant to say which is applicable to this democratic theory.
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Michael Oakeshott on Religion Aesthetics and Politics

Both, in markedly different ways,are emblematic of a certain conception of morality that Oakeshott finds unsatisfactory. However, Oakeshott does more than find fault with what he considers to be common misunderstandings of the moral ...

Author: Elizabeth Campbell Corey

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826265173

Category: Philosophy

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"Argues that Oakeshott's views on aesthetics, religion, and morality, which she places in the Augustinian tradition, are intimately linked to a creative moral personality that underlies his political theorizing. Also compares Oakeshott's Rationalism to Voegelin's concept of Gnosticism and considers both thinkers' treatment of Hobbes to delineate their philosophical differences"--Provided by publisher.
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Politics and Experience

This volume was compiled in 1968 to honour the retirement of the eminent political philosopher Professor Michael Oakeshott.

Author: Preston King

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521148227

Category: Political Science

Page: 436

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This volume was compiled in 1968 to honour the retirement of the eminent political philosopher Professor Michael Oakeshott. Professor Oakeshott, widely regarded as one of the most important conservative intellectuals of the twentieth century, understood the need for political philosophy to conceive experience as a whole, and accordingly sought to address politics both historically and rationally. These essays engage with the common concerns of his major works, opportunistically exploring the ideas of this great thinker further. Moreover, they are a reflection of the contributors' academic interests, variously discussing tradition, the nature of political philosophy, ideology, revolution, education, history and rationalism. As the essays contained within are separate investigations of Oakeshott's ideas, they can be enjoyed both in and out of sequence. This volume will be of value to anyone with an appreciation of political philosophy and its history, and indeed, with an interest in the ideas of Professor Oakeshott himself.
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Michael Oakeshott on Hobbes

For the most complete bibliography of Oakeshott and Oakeshott interpretation up to 1993 see J. Liddington's bibliography in The Achievement of Michael Oakeshott, ed. J. Norman. London: Duckworth 1993. Subsequent additions to this can be ...

Author: Ian Tregenza

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 9781845405427

Category: Philosophy

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Michael Oakeshott is widely recognised to be one of the most original political philosophers of the twentieth century. He also developed a very influential interpretation of the ideas of the great seventeenth century philosopher Thomas Hobbes. While many commentators have noted the importance of Hobbes for understanding Oakeshott’s thought itself, this is the first book to provide a systematic interpretation of Oakeshott’s philosophy by paying close attention to all facets of Oakeshott’s reading of Hobbes. On the surface, Oakeshott, the philosophical idealist and critic of rationalism in politics, would seem to have little in common with Hobbes, who is often regarded as a classic materialist and rationalist philosopher. This work shows, however, that despite appearances, there are many basic affinities between the two thinkers and that Oakeshott brought to the surface aspects of Hobbes’s thought that had previously been overlooked by Hobbes scholars. The development of Oakeshott’s own theory is shown to mirror changes in his reading of Hobbes and many of the distinctive features of Oakeshott’s thought including the modal and sceptical conception of human knowledge, the ‘morality of individuality’, the theory of civil association, and the critique of rationalism all find a fascinating focal point in his writings on Hobbes. Some attention is also paid to Oakeshott’s religious ideas, indicating what they share with Hobbes’s philosophy of religion. The book situates Oakeshott’s reading in relation to some other important twentieth century interpretations of Hobbes and examines its significance for broader debates in political theory and the history of ideas.
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Michael Oakeshott Notebooks 1922 86

This volume makes them accessible in print for the first time, drawing together a host of his previously inaccessible observations on politics, philosophy, art, education, and much else besides.

Author: Michael Oakeshott

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 9781845407575

Category: Philosophy

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From the 1920s to the 1980s Oakeshott filled dozens of notebooks with his private reflections, both personal and intellectual. Their contents range from aphorisms to miniature essays, forming a unique record of his intellectual trajectory over his entire career. This volume makes them accessible in print for the first time, drawing together a host of his previously inaccessible observations on politics, philosophy, art, education, and much else besides. Religion in particular emerges as an ongoing concern for him in a way that is not visible from his published works. The notebooks also provide a unique source of insight into Oakeshott's musings on life, thanks to the hitherto unsuspected existence of the series of 'Belle Dame' notebooks that were written in the late 1920s and early 1930s but which only came to light two decades after his death. At the same period in which he was developing the concepts that would form Experience and its Modes, Oakeshott's personal life lead him to reflect extensively on love and death, themes that highlight his enduring romantic affinities. Accompanied by an original editorial introduction, the volume allows readers to see for themselves exactly which works Oakeshott used in compiling each of his notebooks, providing a much clearer record of his intellectual influences than has previously been available. It will be an essential addition to the library of his works for all those interested in his ideas.
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Michael Oakeshott

Crick, Bernard (1963), 'The World of Michael Oakeshott or the Lonely Nihilist' Encounter 20: 65–7. Crosland, C. A. R. (1956), The Future of Socialism. London: Jonathan Cape. Crossman, Richard (1951), 'Review of Michael Oakeshott, ...

Author: Edmund Neill

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441160157

Category: Political Science

Page: 160

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British philosopher Michael Oakeshott is widely considered as one of a key conservative thinkers of the 20th century. After publishing many works on religion, he became mostly known for his works on political theory. This valuable volume by Edmund Neill sets out to Oakeshott's thought in an accessible manner, considering its initial reception and long-term influence.
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Michael Oakeshott s Cold War Liberalism

Paul Franco, The Political Philosophy of Michael Oakeshott (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990), 1. 2. HansGeorg Gadamer, Truth and Method, 2nd rev. ed., trans. Joel Weinsheimer and Donald G. Marshall (New York: Crossroad), 1989. 3.

Author: T. Nardin

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137507020

Category: Political Science

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In this book, leading scholars from East Asia and beyond debate Michael Oakeshott's views on liberal democracy and totalitarianism and their implications for East Asia today. His ideas on rationality in politics, the nature of liberal democracy, and how democracy can defeat anti-liberal politics are explored in ten penetrating essays.
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Education and the Voice of Michael Oakeshott

Barber, Benjamin (1976) Conserving politics: Michael Oakeshott and political theory. Government and Opposition, 11, pp. 446–63. Benn, S.I. and Peters, R.S. (1959) Social Principles and the Democratic State. London, Allen and Unwin.

Author: Kevin Williams

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 9781845405915

Category: Education

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The work of Michael Oakeshott has retained a striking currency in philosophical discourse about education. This is hardly surprising in view of his influence on Paul Hirst and Richard Peters, two philosophers whose work had an enormous impact on educational thinking and practice in the English-speaking world. And, although much of the detail in educational debate may change, the fundamental underlying concerns regarding the conception of the person, the nature of knowledge and the moral life and their expression in educational institutions and activities remain subject of disagreement. In the light of this continuing interest and of Oakeshott’s extensive writing on so many aspects of education, it is timely that a book be published on his thinking on the subject.
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A Companion to Michael Oakeshott

Paul Franco, The Political Philosophy of Michael Oakeshott (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990); Robert Grant, Oakeshott (London: Claridge Press, 1990). The first book devoted to Oakeshott's thought, W. H. Greenleaf's Oakeshott's ...

Author: Paul Franco

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271068473

Category: Political Science

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Michael Oakeshott has long been recognized as one of the most important political philosophers of the twentieth century, but until now no single volume has been able to examine all the facets of his wide-ranging philosophy with sufficient depth, expertise, and authority. The essays collected here cover all aspects of Oakeshott’s thought, from his theory of knowledge and philosophies of history, religion, art, and education to his reflections on morality, politics, and law. Aside from the editors, the contributors are Corey Abel, David Boucher, Elizabeth Corey, Robert Devigne, Timothy Fuller, Steven Gerencser, Robert Grant, Noel Malcolm, Kenneth McIntyre, Kenneth Minogue, Noël O’Sullivan, Geoffrey Thomas, and Martyn Thompson.
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Michael Oakeshott and Leo Strauss

Leo Strauss, Studies in Platonic Political Philosophy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983), 230. Oakeshott, “Leo Strauss on Hobbes,” 153. Ibid., 154. Ibid., 157–158. Michael Zuckert and Catherine Zuckert, Leo Strauss and the ...

Author: David McIlwain

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030133818

Category: Political Science

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This book compares the thought of Michael Oakeshott and Leo Strauss, bringing Oakeshott’s desire for a renaissance of poetic individuality into dialogue with Strauss’s recovery of the universality of philosophical enlightenment. Starting from the conventional understanding of these thinkers as important voices of twentieth-century conservatism, McIlwain traces their deeper and more radical commitments to the highpoints of human achievement and their shared concerns with the fate of traditional inheritances in modernity, the role and meaning of history, the intention and meaning of political philosophy, and the problem of politics and religion. The book culminates in an articulation of the positions of Oakeshott and Strauss as part of the quarrel of poetry and philosophy, revealing the ongoing implications of their thinking in terms of the profound spiritual and political questions raised by modern thinkers such as Hobbes, Hegel, Nietzsche and Heidegger and leading back to foundational figures of Western civilization including St. Augustine and Socrates.
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Michael Oakeshott and the Conversation of Modern Political Thought

See Paul Franco, “Michael Oakeshott as Liberal Theorist,” Political Theory 18 (August 1990): 412. For a committed critique of Oakeshott on these grounds, see Hanna Pitkin, “The Roots of Conservatism”: 496–525.

Author: Luke Philip Plotica

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438455365

Category: Philosophy

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A fresh reading of Oakeshott’s contributions to the ongoing conversation of modern political thought. One of the seminal voices of twentieth-century political thought, Michael Oakeshott’s work has often fallen prey to the ideological labels applied to it by his interpreters and commentators. In this book, Luke Philip Plotica argues that we stand to learn more by embracing Oakeshott’s own understanding of his work as contributions to an ever-evolving conversation of humanity. Building from Oakeshott’s concept of conversation as an engagement among a plurality of voices “without symposiarch or arbiter” to dictate its course, Plotica explores several fundamental and recurring themes of Oakeshott’s philosophical and political writings: individual agency, tradition, the state, and democracy. When viewed as interventions into an ongoing conversation of modern political thought, Oakeshott’s work transcends the limits of familiar ideological labels, and his thought opens into deeper engagement with some of the most significant thinkers of the twentieth century, including Ludwig Wittgenstein, Charles Taylor, Michel Foucault, and Hannah Arendt. Attending to these often unexpected or unrecognized affinities casts fresh light on some of Oakeshott’s most familiar ideas and their systematic relations, and facilitates a better understanding of the breadth and depth of his political thought.
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The Meanings of Michael Oakeshott s Conservatism

23 Himmelfarb, 'The Conservative Imagination of Michael Oakeshott,' 415. For an account of Oakeshott's religious thought and its relation to his conception of the moral life, see Glenn Worthington, Religious and Poetic Experience in the ...

Author: Corey Abel

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 9781845406028

Category: Philosophy

Page: 318

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This collection of recent scholarship on the thought of Michael Oakeshott includes essays by both distinguished and established authors as well as a fresh crop of younger talent. Together, they address the meanings of Oakeshott's conservatism through the lenses of his ideas on religion, history, and tradition, and explore his relationships to philosophers ranging from Hume to Ryle, Cavell, and others. The collection assigns no single or final meaning to Oakeshott's conservatism, but finds in him a number of possibilities for thinking fruitfully about what conservatism might mean, when it is no longer considered as a doctrine, but as a habit or a turn of mind.
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Michael Oakeshott Selected Writings Collection

1 Oakeshott, Experience and its Modes, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1933; Rationalism in Politics and OtherEssays, Methuen, London: Barnesand ... 2 Oakeshott, The Voice of Liberal Learning: Michael Oakeshott on Education, ed.

Author: Michael Oakeshott

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 9781845407810

Category: Political Science

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A collection of 6 volumes of Oakeshott's work: Notebooks, 1922-86, Early Political Writings 1925-30, The Concept of a Philosophical Jurisprudence, Vocabulary of a Modern European State, Lectures in the History of Political Thought, and What is History?
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Michael Oakeshott s Skepticism

Michael Oakeshott, Hobbes on Civil Association (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1975), 7–8. 95. M.A.F. Mehren, ed., Avicenna on Prayer (Leiden: Brill, 1894), 32–33; cited in Lenn E. Goodman, Avicenna (London: Routledge, 1992), 167. 96.

Author: Aryeh Botwinick

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400836956

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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The English philosopher Michael Oakeshott (1901-1990) is known as a conservative who rejected philosophically ambitious rationalism and the grand political ideologies of the twentieth century on the grounds that no human ideas have ultimately reliable foundations. Instead, he embraced tradition and habit as the guides to moral and political life. In this book, Aryeh Botwinick presents an original account of Oakeshott's skepticism about foundations, an account that newly reveals the unity of his thought. Botwinick argues that, despite Oakeshott's pragmatic conservatism, his rejection of all-embracing intellectual projects made him a friend to liberal individualism and an ally of what would become postmodern antifoundationalism. Oakeshott's skepticism even extended paradoxically to skepticism about skepticism itself and is better described as a "generalized agnosticism." Properly conceived and translated, this agnosticism ultimately evolves into mysticism, which becomes a bridge linking philosophy and religion. Botwinick explains and develops this strategy of interpretation and then shows how it illuminates and unifies the diverse strands of Oakeshott's thought in the philosophy of religion, metaphysics, epistemology, political theory, philosophy of personal identity, philosophy of law, and philosophy of history.
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Michael Oakeshott s Political Philosophy of International Relations

The Meaning of Oakeshott's Conservatism. Exeter: Imprint Academic. Boucher, D. 1998. Political Theories of International Relations. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ———2001. The Idealism of Michael Oakeshott.

Author: Davide Orsi

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319387857

Category: Political Science

Page: 172

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This book argues that Michael Oakeshott’s political philosophy contributes to current debates in normative international theory and international political theory on the historical, social, and moral dimension of international society. Davide Orsi contends that the theory of civil association may be the ground for an understanding of international society as a rule-based form of moral association constituted by customary international law. The book also considers the role of evolving practices of morality in debates on international justice. Orsi grounds this work on a study of Oakeshott’s philosophical arguments and compares the Oakeshottian perspective to recent constructivist literature in International Relations.
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Michael Oakeshott and the Cambridge School on the History of Political Thought

The most convenient resource for references to the considerable and rapidly expanding literature on Oakeshott is the website of the Michael Oakeshott Association: www.michael-oakeshottassociation.com. In addition to the rapidly growing ...

Author: Martyn P. Thompson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315443744

Category: Political Science

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This book is a critique of Cambridge School Historical Contextualism as the currently dominant mode of history of political thought, drawing upon Michael Oakeshott’s analysis of the logic of historical enquiry. While acknowledging that the early Cambridge School work represented a considerable advance towards genuinely historical histories of political thought, this work identifies two major historiographical problems that have become increasingly acute. The first is general: an insufficiently rigorous understanding of the key concept of "pastness" necessarily presupposed in historical enquiry of all kinds. The second is specific to histories of political thought: a failure to do justice to the varieties of past political thinking, especially differences between ideology and philosophy. In addressing these problems, the author offers a comprehensive account of the history of political thought that establishes the parameters not just of histories of ideological thinking but also of the much disputed character of histories of political philosophy. Since rethinking history of political thought in Oakeshottian terms requires resisting current pressures to turn history into the servant of currently felt needs, the book offers a sustained defence of the cultural value of modernist historical enquiry against its opponents. An important work for political theorists, historians of political thought and those researching intellectual history, the philosophy of history and proposed new directions in contemporary historical studies.
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