Review of Penn State Oakeshott Companion

Terry Nardin reviews the “Companion.” Pleased to see Terry take on John Kekes’ shrill hatched-job.

Nor is one surprised to learn that the chapter provoked an angry response from a reviewer of the Companion, who reproaches Grant for writing and the editors for publishing it. The implication is that there is no place for a biographical chapter in a volume of this kind, or that such a chapter should stay away from love, or at least from sex, which are irrelevant to a thinker’s “work.” Such judgments would be hard to defend. There is a connection between life and work, even though the reviewer missed it.