The Cambridge Companion to Oakeshott

The Cambridge Companion to Oakeshott

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Michael Oakeshott (1901-1990) was one of the leading British philosophers of the twentieth century. He has been influential particularly as a political philosopher, but his work reflects a range of philosophical interests that have more gradually come to be appreciated. In this volume a broad group of scholars offers a comprehensive overview of Oakeshott's philosophy, including his moral and political philosophy, his philosophy of history, science and aesthetics, and his views on the role of education. They analyse Oakeshott's ideas in different intellectual contexts and assess his overall contribution to twentieth-century thought. Accessible and rich with new scholarly material, this volume will be an excellent guide for students and scholars alike.show more

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About Efraim Podoksik

Efraim Podoksik is Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is author of In Defence of Modernity: Vision and Philosophy of Michael Oakeshott (2003).show more

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"This is the first of two companions to appear this year explicating and assessing the thought of the 20th-century English political philosopher Michael Oakeshott (1901-90), testimony to the increasing awareness of, and interest in, his work... informative and useful... Recommended..." -- W. J. Coats, Connecticut College, CHOICEshow more

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Introduction Efraim Podoksik; Part I. Oakeshott's Philosophy: 1. Oakeshott as philosopher James Alexander; 2. Worlds of experience: history Luke O'Sullivan; 3. Worlds of experience: science Byron Kaldis; 4. Worlds of experience: aesthetics Elizabeth Corey; 5. Education as conversation Kevin Williams; Part II. Oakeshott on Morality, Society and Politics: 6. Practical life and the critique of rationalism Steven Smith; 7. Oakeshott's ideological politics: conservative or liberal? Andrew Gamble; 8. Rhetoric and political language Terry Nardin; 9. Oakeshott's On Human Conduct Paige Digeser and Richard Flathman; 10. Oakeshott's political theory: recapitulation and criticisms Williams A. Galston; Part III. Oakeshott and Others: 11. Oakeshott in the context of British Idealism David Boucher; 12. Oakeshott in the context of German Idealism Efraim Podoksik; 13. Oakeshott's contribution to Hobbes scholarship Ian Tregenza; 14. Oakeshott and the Cold-War critique of political rationalism Dana Villa; Bibliography; Index.show more

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