The Enemies of Perfection

The Enemies of Perfection : Oakeshott, Plato, and the Critique of Rationalism

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In The Enemies of Perfection, author Debra Candreva argues that Plato's philosophy is among the most important influences on Oakeshott's thought, with his debts to Plato far outweighing his criticisms. Further, Candreva's examination of Oakeshott's treatment of Plato forms the basis of an argument against the view that a radical gap between ancient and modern thought renders ancient philosophy either inaccessible or irrelevant to current thinking.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 168 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 17.8mm | 317.52g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739106627
  • 9780739106624

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Why Plato? Chapter 2 Rationalism and the Nature of Politics Chapter 3 Rationalism, Knowledge, and Philosophy Chapter 4 Philosophy and Practice Chapter 5 Philosophy and the Moral Life Chapter 6 Conclusion
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Review quote

An admirable book, clearly written and containing illuminating accounts of Oakeshott's published writings...readers with an interest in Oakeshott will find much here that is stimulating and provocative. Poltical Studies Review Candreva's writing is clear, her scholarship is sound, and her conclusions are significant. As far as I know... no one has written on this subject at any length. -- Paul Franco, Bowdoin College
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About Debra Candreva

Debra Candreva is a visiting assistant professor at Wellesley College.
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