Books By: Oakeshott, Michael

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Hobbes on Civil Association

Hobbes on Civil Association By Michael Oakeshott
Foreword by Paul Franco

Political Thought

Of Michael Oakeshott and his interest in Thomas Hobbes, Professor Paul Franco has written, “The themes Oakeshott stresses in his interpretation of Hobbes are . . . skepticism about the role of reason in politics, allegiance to the morality of individuality as opposed to any sort of collectivism, and the principle of a noninstrumental, nonpurposive mode of political association, namely, civil association.” Of Hobbes’s Leviathan, Oakeshott has written, “Leviathan is the greatest, perhaps the sole, masterpiece of political philosophy written in the English language.” Hobbes on Civil Association consists of Oakeshott’s four principal essays on Hobbes and on the nature of civil association as civil association pertains to ordered liberty. The essays are “Introduction to Leviathan” (1946); “The Moral Life in the Writings of Thomas Hobbes” (1960); “Dr. Leo Strauss on Hobbes” (1937); and, “Leviathan: A Myth” (1947). The foreword remarks the place of these essays within Oakeshott’s entire corpus.

On History and Other Essays

On History and Other Essays By Michael Oakeshott
Foreword by Timothy Fuller

Political Thought

In five essays, including three on historiography, one of the greatest minds in English political thought in the twentieth century explores themes central to the human experience: the nature of history, the rule of law, and the quest for power that is intrinsic to the human condition. Michael Oakeshott believed, as Timothy Fuller observes, that “the historian’s effort to understand the past without ulterior motive [is the] effort which distinguishes the historian from all who examine the past for the guidance they expect it to provide about practical concerns.”

Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays

Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays By Michael Oakeshott
Foreword by Timothy Fuller

Political Thought

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.

Sobre a Histria e Outros Ensaios

Sobre a História e Outros Ensaios De Michael Oakeshott

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Para Michael Oakeshott (1901–1990), o desafio específico dos historiadores é deixar de lado quaisquer preocupações de ordem prática ou ideológica em sua abordagem do passado, pois uma das maiores ilusões do ser humano é a crença em sistemas que nos levarão à perfeição final numa terra prometida. Desafio extremamente difícil, porque geralmente nosso interesse predominante não está na História em si, mas na política retrospectiva, e temos a tendência a transformar sistemas filosóficos em evangelhos. Sobre a História (1983) reúne cinco ensaios do pensador inglês que abordam temas centrais da ciência política, como a natureza da História, o primado da lei e a luta pelo poder inerente à condição humana. Oakeshott se destaca entre os filósofos políticos modernos por ter levado até os limites do entendimento humano suas dúvidas quanto aos fundamentos racionais. É um equívoco, porém, classificá-lo como cético; ao contrário, sua compreensão da liberdade decorre do fato de acreditar que não estamos condenados a “obter e gastar” — à “dança macabra das necessidades e satisfações” — e que existem diferentes maneiras de respondermos ao mundo. A original abordagem histórica deste pensador inglês foi forjada pela leitura de Sócrates, Santo Agostinho, Montaigne e Hobbes, mas ele não entendia os clássicos como repositórios de conhecimentos e lições de uso prático, e sim como introduções a modos de pensar.

Sobre la historia y otros ensayos

Sobre la historia y otros ensayos Por Michael Oakeshott

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Prólogo de Timothy Fuller
Traducido por María Victoria Rodil

Voice of Liberal Learning The

The Voice of Liberal Learning By Michael Oakeshott
Foreword and Introduction by Timothy Fuller

Political Thought

By 1989, when Michael Oakeshott’s Voice of Liberal Learning was first published by Yale University Press, books that held a negative view of education in the United States had garnered a remarkable amount of attention.