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The Philosophy of Michael Oakeshott
by Terry Nardin
This is the first comprehensive study of Michael Oakeshott as a philosopher rather than a political theorist, which is how most commentators have regarded him. Indeed, the careful reading of his published and unpublished writings that Terry Nardin provides here shows that Oakeshott's concerns have been primarily philosophical, not political. These writings go far beyond po ...more
Paperback, 241 pages
Published July 30th 2004 by Penn State University Press
(first published October 30th 2000)
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