Michael Oakeshott and the Conversation of Modern Political Thought

Michael Oakeshott and the Conversation of Modern Political Thought

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A fresh reading of Oakeshotta€™s contributions to the ongoing conversation of modern political thought. One of the seminal voices of twentieth-century political thought, Michael Oakeshotta€™s work has often fallen prey to the ideological labels applied to it by his interpreters and commentators. In this book, Luke Philip Plotica argues that we stand to learn more by embracing Oakeshotta€™s own understanding of his work as contributions to an ever-evolving conversation of humanity. Building from Oakeshotta€™s concept of conversation as an engagement among a plurality of voices a€œwithout symposiarch or arbitera€ to dictate its course, Plotica explores several fundamental and recurring themes of Oakeshotta€™s philosophical and political writings: individual agency, tradition, the state, and democracy. When viewed as interventions into an ongoing conversation of modern political thought, Oakeshotta€™s work transcends the limits of familiar ideological labels, and his thought opens into deeper engagement with some of the most significant thinkers of the twentieth century, including Ludwig Wittgenstein, Charles Taylor, Michel Foucault, and Hannah Arendt. Attending to these often unexpected or unrecognized affinities casts fresh light on some of Oakeshotta€™s most familiar ideas and their systematic relations, and facilitates a better understanding of the breadth and depth of his political thought.Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996. Berlin, Isaiah. The Cooked Timber of Humanity: Chapters in the History of Ideas. Edited by Henry Hardy. New York: Knopf, 1991. a€”a€”a€”. Four Essays on Liberty. Oxford: Oxford University Press, anbsp;...

Title:Michael Oakeshott and the Conversation of Modern Political Thought
Author: Luke Philip Plotica
Publisher:SUNY Press - 2015-02-23

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