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Un Début dans la Vie Humaine: Michael Oakeshott on education

Still on an educational theme, Paul’s chapter coincidently comes soon after I’d attended a conference on Maria Montessori. As a Montessori kid myself, I now see the many continuities going back to Boëthius’ Trivium and Quadrivium. Paul Franco’s essay on Oakeshott’s philosophy of education, “Un Début dans la Vie Humaine,” fittingly concludes part 1 of this volume, for…

Experience and its Modes: Reissued

It’s been brought to my attention that Experience and its Modes has been reissued with a preface by Paul Franco — see below. E+M is one of the most influential books across all genres to my thinking not to mention being one of the most entertaining. Dreadful new cover though . . . If you…

Review of Franco-Marsh Companion

Review essay of A Companion to Michael Oakeshott CONVERSATIONS WITH MICHAEL OAKESHOTT – AN INTERLUDE TO OAKESHOTT SCHOLARSHIP by Suvi Soininen Redescriptions: yearbook of political thought, conceptual history and feminist theory. 2012/2013, vol. 16, pp. 172-187 (in downloadable pdf) a companion to michael oakeshottaestheticsBritish IdealismConservatismConversationEpistemologyexperience and its modesHayekhistory of political thoughtLeslie MarshLiberalismMichael Oakeshotton human conductPaul Francophilosophical jurisprudencePhilosophy of…

Penn State Companion Launch

The Penn State Companion will have its launch as part of a colloquium sponsored by The Alexander Hamilton Institute and Colgate’s Center for Freedom & Western Civilization: the theme “What Is a Civilizational Struggle: The Work of Samuel Huntington.” Dates: Thur, April 18 – Sat 20, 2013 Oakeshott session: Sat 20th: 12:45-2:00pm. Location: Turning Stone Resort Casino, upstate NY. The following contributors…

Oakeshott on Education

Here are some extracts from my co-editor Paul’s essay. Toward the end of his essay on “The Universities,” Oakeshott returns once more to the issue of specialization, this time in a less polemical, more thoughtful manner. Though he believes that Moberly has exaggerated the problem, he nevertheless acknowledges that the disintegration of the world of…

Companion to Oakeshott Official Launch

The Penn State Companion will have its official launch as part of a colloquium sponsored by The Alexander Hamilton Institute and Colgate’s Center for Freedom & Western Civilization. The colloquium format will be Liberty-style except that there will be an audience. For those able to attend, you will be most welcome. The dates: Thur, April…

Antifoundationalist in spite of himself?

Here’s a review of Aryeh Botwinick’s recent book Michael Oakeshott’s Skepticism by my co-editor Paul Franco. Here is the opening salvo: This is a strange book. From the title, one might expect that it would take up Oakeshott’s complicated understanding and deployment of skepticism throughout his philosophical career; perhaps also his relationship to such favorite skeptical…