Taking the world as it is

Here is a short article from last December on Oakeshott in The Spectator by Andrew Sullivan that I’ve just come across. I think Andrew captures much of the temperamental appeal Oakeshott has for me – I was an Oakeshottian before I knew who the man was! Anyway, stay tuned for Paul Franco and my co-edited volume A Companion to Michael OakeshottAndrew here repeats the lovely Oakeshott response Andrew once told me:

I remember telling him I thought I would become a journalist after my PhD. His face fell. ‘I’ve always thought the need to know the news every day is a nervous disorder,’ he said, with a slight grin.