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« Symmetry, Classicism and Eros | Main | Tales of Sociobiology »

August 29, 2002

Oakeshott for a Day

Friedrich --

Another sample of Michael Oakeshott. If I were a bigger fan, I'd have to walk around wearing an Oakeshott t-shirt.

How deeply the rationalist disposition of mind has invaded our political thought and practice is illustrated by the extent to which traditions of behaviour have given place to ideologies, the extent to which the politics of destruction and creation have been substituted for the politics of repair, the consciously planned and deliberately executed being considered (for that reason) better than what has grown up and established itself unselfconsciously over a period of time.
--"Rationalism in Politics"

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At our Lousy Ivy College Bookstore it was a snap finding books by Marx, Freud and their inheritors. But an Oakeshott title? The clerks would have been scratching their heads.

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at August 29, 2002




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