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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."

Timothy Fuller is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College at Colorado College.

Synopsis:

Rationalism in Politics 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 and criticizes ideological schemes to reform society according to supposedly "scientific" or rationalistic principles that ignore the wealth and variety of human experience.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of Contents

Preface to first edition xi

Foreword by Timothy Fuller xiii

Bibliography xxiii PART ONE

Reason and the conduct of political life 3

Rationalism in politics 6

Political education 43

Political discourse* 70 PART TWO

Dissecting rationalism 97

Rational conduct 99

The new Bentham*

132 The activity of being an historian 151

The study of politics in a university 184

* Indicates essay is new to this edition. PART THREE

On Hobbes 219

Introduction to Leviathan* 221

The moral life in the writings of Thomas Hobbes 295

Logos and telos* 351 PART FOUR

Reflections on modern politics 361

The masses in representative democracy* 363

The political economy of freedom 384

On being conservative 407

Talking politics* 438 PART FIVE

On the human condition 463

The tower of Babel 465

The voice of poetry in the conversation of mankind 488 Index 543

Product Details

ISBN:
9780865970953
Author:
Oakeshott, Michael
Publisher:
Liberty Fund
Foreword by:
Fuller, Timothy
Foreword:
Fuller, Timothy
Location:
Indianapolis :
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
Rationalism
Subject:
General Law
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
101-629
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
582
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
from 18 up to 100

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