Michael Oakeshott's Political Philosophy of International Relations

Civil Association and International Society

  • Davide Orsi

Part of the International Political Theory book series (IPoT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Davide Orsi
    Pages 1-7
  3. Davide Orsi
    Pages 9-41
  4. Davide Orsi
    Pages 43-71
  5. Davide Orsi
    Pages 159-166
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 167-172

About this book


This book argues that Michael Oakeshott’s political philosophy contributes to current debates in normative international theory and international political theory on the historical, social, and moral dimension of international society. Davide Orsi contends that the theory of civil association may be the ground for an understanding of international society as a rule-based form of moral association constituted by customary international law. The book also considers the role of evolving practices of morality in debates on international justice. Orsi grounds this work on a study of Oakeshott’s philosophical arguments and compares the Oakeshottian perspective to recent constructivist literature in International Relations.


International law International political theory Rule of law State and society Hobbes Positivism Idealism Constructivism Constitutive theory Critical theory Morgenthau Kaplan Hegel Bosanquet Practice turn

Authors and affiliations

  • Davide Orsi
    • 1
  1. 1.Liceo Linguistico InternazionaleItaly

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