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Michael Oakeshott and the Postulates of Individuality

A newly published paper by Andrew Norris in Political Theory Michael Oakeshott’s political philosophy is the most sophisticated and compelling liberal alternative to the progressive, state-centered liberalism of John Rawls and Jürgen Habermas. Oakeshott’s version of liberalism as the civil association of individuals underwrites more ideological positions (usually characterized as libertarian or conservative) that play a…

The Rule of Law in the Modern European State

David Boucher’s article from a decade ago freely available here. The shit-storm that we are now in is a consequence of complicitous “ruling class chatter” (Left and Right) and “enlightened” technocracy, a politics of faith that has become way out of wack with the politics of scepticism. The European Union required of its aspirant members formal…

Brexit The Movie: Always allow 18 inches between chair and furniture

“Always allow 18 inches between chair and furniture . . .” (21:41 — 24:28: here the distinction and value between enterprise association and civil association gets profoundly disregarded). This mentality (30:53-31:50) has been institutionalized within the academy and the intelligentsia at large. From 33:28 your day begins . . . “terrified by towels”. “Trade was all about the great…

Jesse Norman on Liberal Education/ Orsi on Oakeshott and International Relations

Listen to Jesse Norman’s Oakeshott talk. Also an article recently published by Davide Orsi. Introduction Michael Oakeshott’s thought has been considered from a great variety of perspectives and has been interpreted in many, often divergent, ways. For example, scholars have placed his works in the context of the history of philosophy and they have highlighted their relationship…

On Human Conduct

It’s been 40 years since one of Oakeshott’s masterpieces, On Human Conduct, was published. Despite being an “old man’s” book, dense and highly qualified, it contains some of the most melliflous writing Oakeshott ever did. Religious faith is the evocation of a sentiment (the love, the glory, or the honour of God, for example, or even…