Michael Oakeshott

[New Entry by Terry Nardin on March 8, 2016.] Michael Oakeshott (1901 - 1990) is commonly viewed as a conservative thinker and critic of government planning. But that view notices only one aspect
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[New Entry by Terry Nardin on March 8, 2016.] Michael Oakeshott (1901 - 1990) is commonly viewed as a conservative thinker and critic of government planning. But that view notices only one aspect of Oakeshott's thought and invites misunderstanding because his ideas about government are not the conventional ones this characterization suggests. His ideas spring not from practical engagement but from study of the history of European political thought, sharpened by philosophical reflection on its arguments and their presuppositions. Like many other philosophers,...

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