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Title: Rationalism in Politics & Other Essays
By (author): Michael Oakeshott
ISBN10-13: 0865970955 : 9780865970953
Format: Paperback
Size: 150x230mm
Pages: 582
Weight: .952 Kg.
Published: Liberty Fund Inc. (US) - January   1991
List Price: 10.95 Pounds Sterling
Availability: In Stock   Qty Available: 31
Subjects: Political science & theory
Rationalism in Politics, first published in 1962, has established the late Michael Oakeshott as the leading conservative political theorist in modern Britain. This expanded collection of essays astutely points out the limits of 'reason' in rationalist politics. Oakeshott criticizes ideological schemes to reform society according to supposedly 'scientific' or rationalistic principles that ignore the wealth and variety of human experience. "Rationalism in politics," says Oakeshott, "involves a misconception with regard to the nature of human knowledge." History has shown that it produces unexpected, often disastrous results. "Having cut himself off from the traditional knowledge of his society, and denied the value of any education more extensive than a training in a technique of analysis," the Rationalist succeeds only in undermining the institutions that hold civilized society together. In this regard, rationalism in politics is "a corruption of the mind."
About The Author:
Michael Oakeshott (1901-1990) was Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He was the author of many works, including On History and Other Essays and Hobbes on Civil Association, both published by Liberty Fund.
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