Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays, Paperback Book

Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays Paperback

Edited by Timothy Fuller

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 582 pages, bibliography, index
  • Publisher: Liberty Fund Inc
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  • Category: Political science & theory
  • ISBN: 9780865970953

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Oakeshott is an honest writer and presents his ideas in direct if somewhat turgid prose. He advocates for tradition and experience in making political decisions rather than what he sees as dangerously proscriptive rationalism. It's an attractive position, but I think Oakeshott underestimates the duplicitousness of most politicians. They are nothing like a collection of disinterested Oxford dons! Even so, I think Oakeshott's ideas are important and these essays give a unique and appealing philosophy of political conservatism.<br/><br/><br/><br/>

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The meandering prose makes the book longer than it needs to be and sacrifices some clarity. Rationalism in Politics is the best essay, presenting a solid conservative case against the rationalist turn in modern politics that oddly coincides with similar critiques on the far left. The Voice of Poetry in the Conversation of Mankind, a tedious meditation on art in which Oakeshott's prose is at its most florid and overwrought, is the worst of the collection.