Michael Oakeshott on Authority, Governance, and the State

  • Eric S. Kos

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism book series (PASTCL)

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Michael Oakeshott on Authority, Governance, and the State presents contributions on one of the most important British philosophers of the 20th century. These essays address unique and under-analyzed areas in the literature on Oakeshott: authority, governance, and the state. They draw on some of the earliest and least-explored works of Oakeshott, including his lectures at Cambridge and the London School of Economics and difficult-to-access essays and manuscripts. The essays are authored by a diverse set of emerging and established scholars from Europe, North America, and India. This authorial diversity is not only a testimony to the growing international interest in Oakeshott, but also to a plurality of perspectives and important new insights into the thought of Michael Oakeshott.


Oakeshott liberalism Conservative Theory civil association State Authority Idealism conservativism Political Realism Governing Rationalism civic association democratic procedure political obligation statecraft welfarism legal positivism Cambridge School Rationalism political legitimacy history of philosophy

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  • Eric S. Kos
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceSiena Heights UniversityAdrianUSA

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