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Oakley, Francis

Overview
Works: 51 works in 212 publications in 2 languages and 8,550 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Conference proceedings 
Roles: Editor, Narrator
Classifications: CB351, 282.09023
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Most widely held works by Francis Oakley
The Western church in the later Middle Ages by Francis Oakley ( Book )
13 editions published between 1979 and 1991 in English and held by 994 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The medieval experience; foundations of Western cultural singularity by Francis Oakley ( Book )
22 editions published between 1974 and 1998 in English and held by 985 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Includes chapters on medieval religion, politics, economics, and intellectual life
Community of learning : the American college and the liberal arts tradition by Francis Oakley ( Book )
5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the past decade, criticism of the state of undergraduate education in America has come from many directions and in various forms, from Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind, to Dinesh D'Souza's Illiberal Education, to Secretary of Education William J. Bennett's 1984 report To Reclaim a Legacy. In his book Tenured Radicals, Roger Kimball derided current instruction in the humanities as "a program of study that has nothing to offer. . .but ideological posturing, pop culture, and hermeneutic word games." And given the intense demands of global competition, others have wondered if liberal arts programs in general should be replaced by more practical, job-oriented courses of study. Has the age-old tradition of education in the liberal arts been betrayed in our lifetime? Is it destined to become a stale vestige of the past? In Community of Learning, Francis Oakley, the president of Williams College, makes a strong case for the values and achievements of the liberal arts in providing a sense of historical continuity and a broader framework in which to come to terms with the problems of the modern world. Noting the "dyspeptic presentism" and "disheveled anecdotalism" characteristic of a good deal of the recent criticism, Oakley attempts to place it in historical perspective. He asserts that the single most important factor shaping the American undergraduate experience today is the unparalleled demographic upheaval of the past thirty years, the nature of the response it evoked, and the energy, imagination, and adaptation going into that response. And, reaching back to a more distant past, he insists that the tradition of education in the liberal arts has always been a highly tension-ridden one that from its very conflictedness has derived much of its enduring vitality. Weaving together historical perspective and recent statistical data, he evaluates current worries about a "flight from the humanities" on the part of students, or from teaching on the part of academics, and addresses such hotly debated issues as curricular coherence, multiculturalism, and the alleged politicization of undergraduate studies. Coming at a time when the age-old tradition of education in the liberal arts is beset by anxious questioning, Community of Learning is a bold affirmation of its established strengths and current efficacy in helping provide students with an enhanced ability to cope with the complex demands of an era of unprecedented change
The political thought of Pierre d'Ailly: the voluntarist tradition by Francis Oakley ( Book )
13 editions published between 1964 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The conciliarist tradition : constitutionalism in the Catholic Church, 1300-1870 by Francis Oakley ( Book )
27 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this volume, Francis Oakley provides an historical examination of the fundamental constitution of the Catholic Church
Omnipotence, covenant & order : an excursion in the history of ideas from Abelard to Leibniz by Francis Oakley ( Book )
8 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Kingship : the politics of enchantment by Francis Oakley ( Book )
10 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In this book, Francis Oakley argues that kingship may be the most common form of government known to humankind. He traces its history from the time of the Neolithic revolution and the spread of agrarian modes of subsistence around the eastern Mediterranean (c.8000 - 5000 BCE) down to its widespread loss of legitimacy in the modern industrial world."--BOOK JACKET
The crisis of authority in Catholic modernity ( )
9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One deep problem facing the Catholic church is the question of how its teaching authority is understood today. It is fairly clear that, while Rome continues to teach as if its authority were unchanged from the days before Vatican II (1962-65), the majority of Catholics - within the first-world church, at least - take a far more independent line, and increasingly understand themselves (rather than the church) as the final arbiters of decision-making, especially on ethical questions. This collection of essays explores the historical background and present ecclesial situation, explaining the dram
Natural law, laws of nature, natural rights : continuity and discontinuity in the history of ideas by Francis Oakley ( Book )
7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book focuses on three bodies of theory that developed between the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries: (I) the foundational belief in the existence of a moral/juridical natural law, embodying universal norms of right and wrong and accessible to natural human reason; (2) the understanding of (scientific) uniformities of nature as divinely imposed laws, which rose to prominence in the seventeenth century; and (3), finally, the notion that individuals are bearers of inalienable natural or human rights. While seen today as distinct bodies of theory often locked in mutual conflict, these three intellectual constructs grew up inextricably intertwined. The book argues that they cannot be properly understood if taken each in isolation from the other."--BOOK JACKET
Creation: the impact of an idea by Daniel O'Connor ( Book )
3 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Council over Pope? Towards a provisional ecclesiology by Francis Oakley ( Book )
7 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Natural law, conciliarism, and consent in the late Middle Ages : studies in ecclesiastical and intellectual history by Francis Oakley ( Book )
10 editions published in 1984 in 3 languages and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Empty bottles of gentilism : kingship and the divine in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages (to 1050) by Francis Oakley ( Book )
8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In this book, Francis Oakley explores the roots of secular political thinking by examining the political ideology and institutions of Hellenistic and late Roman antiquity and of the early European Middle Ages. By challenging the popular belief that the ancient Greek and Roman worlds provided the origins of our inherently secular politics, Oakley revises our understanding of the history of political theory in a fundamental and far-reaching manner that will reverberate for decades. This book lays the foundations for Oakley's next two volumes, which will develop his argument that it is in the Latin Middle Ages that we must seek the ideological roots of modern political secularism."--BOOK JACKET
Politics and eternity : studies in the history of medieval and early-modern political thought by Francis Oakley ( Book )
12 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This collection of studies in the history of political thought from late antiquity to the early-eighteenth century ranges broadly across themes of kingship, political theology, constitutional ideas, natural-law thinking and consent theory."--BOOK JACKET
Scholarship and teaching : a matter of mutual support by Francis Oakley ( Book )
5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The improvement of teaching by Derek Curtis Bok ( Book )
2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Governance, accountability, and the future of the Catholic Church ( Book )
2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The mortgage of the past : reshaping the ancient political inheritance (1050-1300) by Francis Oakley ( Book )
4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Oakley continues his three-part history of the emergence of Western political thought during the Middle Ages with this volume. Here, Oakley explores kingship from the tenth century to the beginning of the 14th, showing how, under the stresses of religious and cultural development, kingship became a secular institution
Kingship and the gods: the Western apostasy by Francis Oakley ( Book )
1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The crucial centuries : the mediaeval experience by Francis Oakley ( Book )
3 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Oakley, Francis Christopher
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French (1)
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