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Oakeshott, Michael 1901-1990

Works: 208 works in 912 publications in 9 languages and 33,558 library holdings
Genres: History  Diaries  Sources  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: JA71, 320.01
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Rationalism in politics and other essays by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

68 editions published between 1962 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rationalism in Politics, first published in 1962, has established the late Michael Oakeshott as the leading conservative political theorist in modern Britain. This expanded collection of essays astutely points out the limits of "reason" in rationalist politics. Oakeshott criticizes ideological schemes to reform society according to supposedly "scientific" or rationalistic principles that ignore the wealth and variety of human experience. "Rationalism in politics," says Oakeshott, "involves a misconception with regard to the nature of human knowledge." History has shown that it produces unexpected, often disastrous results. "Having cut himself off from the traditional knowledge of his society, and denied the value of any education more extensive than a training in a technique of analysis," the Rationalist succeeds only in undermining the institutions that hold civilized society together. In this regard, rationalism in politics is "a corruption of the mind."
The voice of liberal learning : Michael Oakeshott on education by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

27 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 1,067 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By 1989, when Michael Oakeshott's Voice of Liberal Learning was first published by Yale University Press, books that held a negative view of education in the United States, such as Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind and E.D. Hirsch's Cultural Literacy, had garnered a remarkable amount of attention. There have been countless lamentations about the state of schooling in America in recent years, and there have been countless recommendations toward what is invariably called "educational reform." To those weary and wary of the cacophony about what's wrong with education in America and what ought to be done about it, Oakeshott's voice beckons. As usual, his approach to the subject is subtle, comprehensive, and radical--in the sense of summoning readers to the root of the matter. That root, Oakeshott believed, is the very nature of learning itself and, concomitantly, the means (as distinct from the method) by which the life of learning is discovered, cultivated, and pursued
Hobbes on civil association by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

40 editions published between 1937 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,016 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On human conduct by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

38 editions published between 1975 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 973 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On Human Conduct is composed of three connected essays. Each has its own concern: the first with theoretical understanding, and with human conduct in general; the second with an ideal mode of human relationship which the author has called civil association; and the third with that ambiguous, historic association commonly called a modern European state. Running through the work is Professor Oakshott's belief in philosophical reflection as an adventure: the adventure of one who seeks to understand in other terms what he already understands, and where the understanding is sought is a disclosure of the conditions of the understanding enjoyed and not a substitute for it. Its most appropriate expression is an essay, which, he writes, "does not dissemble the conditionality of the conclusions it throws up and although it may enlighten it does not instruct
On history and other essays by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

44 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 901 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a collection of 30 pieces by Michael Oakeshott, almost all of which are previously unpublished, covering every decade of his intellectual career. The essays were intended mostly for lectures or seminars and retain an informal style that makes them accessible to readers
The social and political doctrines of contemporary Europe by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

71 editions published between 1939 and 1983 in English and held by 899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Experience and its modes by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

54 editions published between 1933 and 2015 in English and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

... Its theme is Modality: human experience recognized as a variety of independent, self-consistent worlds of discourse, each the invention of human intelligence, but each also to be understood as abstract and an arrest in human experience. The theme is pursued in a consideration of the practical, the historical and the scientific modes of understanding
Leviathan; or, The matter, forme and power of a commonwealth, ecclesiasticall and civil by Thomas Hobbes( Book )

37 editions published between 1900 and 1965 in English and French and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Politics and experience: essays presented to Professor Michael Oakeshott on the occasion of his retirement by Preston T King( Book )

17 editions published between 1968 and 2010 in English and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leviathan : or, The matter, forme and power of a commonwealth, ecclesiasticall and civil by Thomas Hobbes( Book )

28 editions published between 1962 and 1997 in English and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comparable to Plato's Republic in depth and insight, Leviathan includes two society-changing phenomena that Plato didn't dare to dream of -- the rise of great nation-states with their claims to absolute sovereignty, and modern science, with its unprecedented analytic power. To Hobbes, the leviathan -- a mythical sea creature described in the Old Testament -- represented his central thesis: that the state must be strong in order to control and protect its citizens. Even today, Hobbes's thesis in Leviathan is debated among scholars and philosophy aficionados around the globe ... Like Plato's Republic, this book contains ideas on psychology, ethics, law, language, and religion that continue to challenge modern thinkers and exercise a profound influence on Western thought. A classic treatise of philosophy, Leviathan is critical reading for anyone who wishes to examine the human mind through the prisms of government and society
Religion, politics, and the moral life by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

14 editions published between 1927 and 2011 in English and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Morality and politics in modern Europe : the Harvard lectures by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

12 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The politics of faith and the politics of scepticism by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and Chinese and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael Oakeshott, the foremost British political philosopher of the twentieth century, died in 1990, leaving a substantial collection of unpublished material. Yale University Press is continuing to make available the best of these illuminating works. In this polished and hitherto unknown work, Oakeshott argues that modern politics emerged out of a debate, persistent through centuries of European political experience up to the present, on the question, 'What should governments do?' According to Oakeshott, two different answers have dominated our thought since the fifteenth century. One, exemplified by such thinkers as Rousseau and Marx, expresses a belief in the capacity of human beings to control, design, and monitor all aspects of social and political life, a belief fostered by the intoxicating increase in power available to governments in modern times. On the other hand, sceptics such as Montaigne, Pascal, Halifax and Hume argued that governments cannot, in principle, produce perfection, and that we should prevent concentrations of power which may result in tyrannies which oppress the dignity of the human spirit. Oakeshott exposes the pitfalls of both positions and shows the value of a middle ground that incorporates scepticism with enough faith to avoid total quietism. Readers of Oakeshott will find here the thinking that lies behind his famous definition of politics as 'the pursuit of intimations'
The voice of poetry in the conversation of mankind, an essay by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

11 editions published between 1959 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lectures in the history of political thought by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

23 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This new collection of thirty unpublished pieces covers every decade of Michael Oakeshott's career and adds to his contributions to the philosophy of historical understanding, political philosophy and the philosophy of education and aesthetics. The essays are in an informal style that will be accessible to new readers as well as those already acquainted with Oakeshott's works."--Jacket
The concept of a philosophical jurisprudence : essays and reviews 1926-51 by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume brings together for the first time over a hundred of Oakeshott's essays and reviews, written between 1926 and 1951, that until now have remained scattered through a variety of scholarly journals, periodicals and newspapers. A new editorial introduction explains how these pieces, including the lengthy essay on the philosophical nature of jurisprudence that occupies an important position in Oakeshott's work, illuminate his other published writings. The collection throws new light on the context of his thought by placing him in dialogue with a number of other major figures in the humanities and social sciences during this period, including Leo Strauss, A.N. Whitehead, Karl Mannheim, Herbert Butterfield, E.H. Carr, Gilbert Ryle, and R.G. Collingwood
Early political writings, 1925-30 by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael Oakeshott (1901-90) made his reputation as a political philosopher, but for a long time it seemed as if he had little interest in politics before 1945. His major pre-war work, Experience and its Modes (1933) was an examination of the nature of philosophy and its relation to other forms of thought that made almost no mention of politics. However, it has become increasingly clear that this initial judgment was misleading. A posthumous collection of early essays, Religion, Politics, and
Notebooks, 1922-86 by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recasting conservatism : Oakeshott, Strauss, and the response to postmodernism by Robert Devigne( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A new conservative theory in Britain and America has altered the terms of political debate, not only among conservatives, but also among liberals, social democrats, and socialists. In this book, Robert Devigne explores how this conservative thought - in particular the work of the British political philosopher Michael Oakeshott, the American Leo Strauss, and their followers - is responding to the challenge of postmodernism, to the pervasive loss of civil traditions, morality, and authority in contemporary societies. Devigne argues persuasively that new British and American conservative theories are not merely variants of economic liberalism, but also embody a search for new authoritative political and civil relations, each attempting to modify society's future course with outlooks significantly different from those of their conservative predecessors. He shows that while both theories are responding to similar political problematics, their origins in different political philosophies have contributed to distinct constitutional doctrines and political objectives. Devigne explains how these separate outlooks and goals are rooted in different views on morality, authority, democracy, liberty, justice, community, and religion, and in distinct preferences toward economic, social, and foreign policy. Throughout the book, Devigne situates the theories among the central debates of political philosophy and compares each theory to dominant British and American political outlooks of the past
Oakeshott's philosophical politics by W. H Greenleaf( Book )

1 edition published in 1966 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Alternative Names
Majkl Oukšot

Michael Joseph Oakeshott

Michael Oakeshott angielski filozof i historyk

Michael Oakeshott Brits filosoof

Michael Oakeshott englischer politischer Philosoph

Oakeshott, M. 1901-1990

Oakeshott, M. (Michael), 1901-1990

Oakeshott, Michael.

Oakeshott, Michael 1901-1990

Oakeshott, Michael J. 1901-1990

Oakeshott, Michael Joseph.

Oakeshott Michael Joseph 1901-1990

Майкл Оукшотт

Мајкл Оукшот

Оукшот, Майкл 1901-1990

אוקשוט, מייקל 1901-1990

مایکل اوکشات فیلسوف بریتانیایی

마이클 오크숏

오크쇼트, 마이클 1901-1990

オークショット, マイケル


The voice of liberal learning : Michael Oakeshott on educationHobbes on civil associationOn human conductOn history and other essaysExperience and its modesPolitics and experience: essays presented to Professor Michael Oakeshott on the occasion of his retirementLeviathan : or, The matter, forme and power of a commonwealth, ecclesiasticall and civilReligion, politics, and the moral life