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Oakeshott's Life and Time: A Philosophical and Personal Memoir

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Michael Oakeshott (1901-90) was born at a time when optimism about progress in the spread of representative democracy, national self-determination, mass education and industrialization prevailed. This optimistic mood was severely dented during Oakeshott's lifetime by wars, the rise of totalitarianism, the spread of mass culture, the expansion of collectivism, and concern about the impact of industrialization on the environment. This paper considers his responses to these changing conditions in the light of his developed views on the conditionality of all knowledge; his vindication of history as an autonomous mode of experience; and his elaboration of the postulates of civil association.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2018

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