NEPSA Oakeshott Panel

For a long time the preeminent Oakeshott scholar in New England has been Paul Franco: this hasn’t changed. Fortunately, Paul’s presence has attracted other Oakeshott experts. Once again, Maine has proved to be an unlikely place for Oakeshott. As it happens, the New England Political Science Association’s (NEPSA) annual meeting took place in Portland with an Oakeshott panel – Theory: Michael Oakeshott and Modernity. It was very gratifying to come across three talented young scholars who come to the material from very distinctive angles. They fielded comments with immense poise and grace – these are names to look out for.  

The Chair and Discussant was my co-editor Paul Franco, Bowdoin College


Conor Williams, Georgetown University
Michael Oakeshott’s Anti-Foundationalism: Solidarity and Embededness

Matthew Sitman, University of Virginia
Towers of Babel: Michael Oakeshott, Reinhold Niebuhr, and the Theological Defense of Modernity

James Poulos, Georgetown University
The Domesticated Animal? Beastly Displacement in the Politics of Oakeshott and Rorty