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Oakeshott, Michael 1901-1990

Works: 274 works in 1,138 publications in 10 languages and 42,896 library holdings
Genres: History  Poetry  Diaries  Sources  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Other, Creator, Author of introduction
Classifications: JA71, 320.01
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Hobbes on civil association by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

48 editions published between 1937 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rationalism in politics and other essays by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

74 editions published between 1947 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 1,838 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."
Leviathan, or, The matter, forme and power of a commonwealth, ecclesiasticall and civil by Thomas Hobbes( Book )

66 editions published between 1900 and 2008 in English and held by 1,611 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
Lectures in the history of political thought by Michael Oakeshott( )

24 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in Spanish and English and held by 1,572 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( )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 1,486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume brings together over one hundred of Michael Oakeshott's essays and reviews which have not been previously republished elsewhere
The vocabulary of a modern European state : essays and reviews, 1953-1988 by Michael Oakeshott( )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 1,436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Présentation de l'éditeur : "The Vocabulary of a Modern European State is the companion volume to The Concept of a Philosophical Jurisprudence and completes the enterprise of gathering together Oakeshott's previously scattered essays and reviews. As with all the other volumes in the series it contains an entirely new editorial introduction explaining how the writings it contains find their place in his work as a whole. It covers the years 1952 to 1988, the period during which Oakeshott wrote his definitive work, On Human Conduct. The essay from which the volume takes its title was intended as a companion piece to the third part of the latter work, and is just one of over sixty pieces that it includes. The volume draws together critical responses to works by major philosophers, historians, and political theorists of his own generation such as Bertrand de Jouvenel, Herbert Marcuse, and Michael Polanyi as well as to some major figures of current scholarship such as Quentin Skinner and Roger Scruton."
The voice of liberal learning : Michael Oakeshott on education by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

32 editions published between 1989 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,299 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
Early political writings 1925-30 by Michael Oakeshott( )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,299 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
On human conduct by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

43 editions published between 1975 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 998 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
Experience and its modes by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

78 editions published between 1933 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 975 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
The social and political doctrines of contemporary Europe by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

72 editions published between 1939 and 1983 in 3 languages and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On history and other essays by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

39 editions published between 1982 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In five essays, including three on historiography, one of the greatest minds in English political thought in the twentieth century explores themes central to the human experience: the nature of history, the rule of law, and the quest for power that is intrinsic to the human condition. Michael Oakeshott believed, as Timothy Fuller observes, that "the historian's effort to understand the past without ulterior motive [is the] effort which distinguishes the historian as historian from all who examine the past for the guidance they expect it to provide about practical concerns." The essays on history are "Present, Future, and Past," "Historical Events: The fortuitous, the causal, the similar, the correlative, the analogous, and the contingent," and "Historical Change: Identity and continuity." In "The Rule of Law," Oakeshott takes the expression to mean a particular kind of ideal human relationship. In "The Tower of Babel"--One of two essays he wrote by the same title and on the same subject--Oakeshott discusses the various versions in which the Bible story has been told and the different circumstances which it has been used to illuminate. On History was originally published in 1983. Michael Oakeshott (1901-1990) was Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He was the author of many works, including Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays and Hobbes on Civil Association, both published by Liberty Fund. Timothy Fuller is Dean of Colorado College and has published widely on the works of Michael Oakeshott
Morality and politics in modern Europe : the Harvard lectures by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

12 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is history? and other essays by Michael Oakeshott( )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and Chinese and held by 739 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
Politics and experience: essays presented to Professor Michael Oakeshott on the occasion of his retirement by Preston T King( Book )

20 editions published between 1968 and 2010 in English and held by 700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion, politics, and the moral life by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

12 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Notebooks, 1922-86 by Michael Oakeshott( )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in English and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

13 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and Chinese and held by 486 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'
Michael Oakeshott : selected works and writings by Michael Oakeshott( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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?
The voice of poetry in the conversation of mankind, an essay by Michael Oakeshott( Book )

12 editions published between 1959 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
On human conduct
Rationalism in politics and other essaysLeviathan, or, The matter, forme and power of a commonwealth, ecclesiasticall and civilLectures in the history of political thoughtThe concept of a philosophical jurisprudence : essays and reviews 1926-51The vocabulary of a modern European state : essays and reviews, 1953-1988The voice of liberal learning : Michael Oakeshott on educationEarly political writings 1925-30On human conduct
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Majkl Oukšot

Michael Joseph Oakeshott

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Michael Oakeshott filòsof britànic

Michael Oakeshott filósofo británico

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Oakeshott, M. 1901-1990

Oakeshott, M. (Michael), 1901-1990

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Oakeshott, Michael 1901-1990

Oakeshott, Michael J. 1901-1990

Oakeshott Michael Joseph

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אוקשוט, מייקל 1901-1990

مایکل اوکشات فیلسوف بریتانیایی

마이클 오크숏

오크쇼트, 마이클 1901-1990

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