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Michael Oakeshoot on Hobbes: A Study in the Renewal of Philosophical Ideas

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Michael Oakeshoot on Hobbes: A Study in the Renewal of Philosophical Ideas by Ian Tregenza

Michael Oakeshott is widely recognised to be one of the most original political philosophers of the twentieth century. He also developed a very influential interpretation of the ideas of the great seventeenth century philosopher Thomas Hobbes. While many commentators have noted the importance of Hobbes for understanding Oakeshott's thought itself, this is the first book to provide a systematic interpretation of Oakeshott's philosophy by paying close attention to all facets of Oakeshott's reading of Hobbes. On the surface, Oakeshott, the philosophical idealist and critic of rationalism in politics, would seem to have little in common with Hobbes, who is often regarded as a classic materialist and rationalist philosopher. This work shows, however, that despite appearances, there are many basic affinities between the two thinkers and that Oakeshott brought to the surface aspects of Hobbes's thought that had previously been overlooked by Hobbes scholars. The development of Oakeshott's ...

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Pages: 236
Size: 1.2 MB
Publisher: Imprint Academic
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9781845405434 (DRM-PDF)

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