Michael Oakeshott

Michael Joseph Oakeshott was a British philosopher and political theorist known for his work on the philosophy of history, philosophy of religion, aesthetics, and political philosophy. He is often regarded as one of the most important conservative thinkers of the 20th century.


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  1. 1. Rationalism in Politics

    "Rationalism in Politics" is a collection of essays that critique the role of rationalism in politics, arguing that political decisions should be based on tradition and experience rather than abstract theories. The author asserts that rationalism, with its emphasis on premeditated, systematic approaches, often fails to acknowledge the complexity and unpredictability of human behavior and social dynamics. He emphasizes the importance of practical knowledge, acquired through experience, in political decision-making and criticizes the rationalist's disregard for such wisdom.

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