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Hegel on Hamlet

Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster in Spiked Review. Perhaps it is this yearning for a Catholic Shakespeare that must be given up in order to see Hamlet aright and see ourselves in its light. Perhaps we will have to dispense with the ghost’s prayer for an unadulterated life, for Catholic absolution, for an absolute. Hegel…

On Hating and Despising Philosophy

Bernard Williams in the LRB reprinted in Essays and Reviews: 1959-2002. An update, see: The London Review of Books. As long as there has been such a subject as philosophy, there have been people who hated and despised it. I do not want to exaggerate, in a self-pitying or self-dramatising way, the present extent or intensity of this dislike; I…

Michael Oakeshott and the Left

Here’s a new paper by Luke O’Sullivan: No one has ever really studied Michael Oakeshott’s relationship to the left. After all, since Oakeshott is generally classified as a conservative political thinker, there is presumably little to study. Yet on a second glance there is more to the matter. His contemporaries certainly found Oakeshott hard to…

Oakeshott Association Conference Programme

Here is the programme for the MOA meeting at Colorado College. Charles Sanders PeirceConservatismConversationEric VoegelinfoucaultHegelhistory of political thoughthumeLiberalismMichael OakeshottMichael Oakeshott AssociationmodernityPhilosophy of historyphilosophy of social sciencePolitical philosophyR. G. Collingwoodrationalism

The Victim of Thought: The Idealist Inheritance

The penultimate chapter to be trailed – David Boucher on Oakeshott’s idealism. Oakeshott’s indebtedness to philosophical idealism has been touched upon by many commentators as incidental to their main concerns, and his relative silence after the Second World War compared with his defiant proclamations of loyalty before it gave rise to suspicions that he was…