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Michael Oakeshott and the Left

Michael Oakeshott and the Left Abstract: This article examines Oakeshott’s attitude to three different strands of left-wing thought: Marxism and Communism; Fabianism and democratic socialism; and anarchism and the Frankfurt school. The lasting legacy of his early adherence to socialist thought was an adherence to a romantic political individualism. It traces the transformation of his political vocabulary from a discourse of the general will to one of civil association, and argues that while he became increasingly hostile to Marxist and socialist thought, his later conservatism was informed by an enduring romanticism that allowed him to sympathize with anarchism even in his old age. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the History of Ideas University of Pennsylvania Press

Michael Oakeshott and the Left

Journal of the History of Ideas , Volume 75 (3) – Jul 10, 2014

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Abstract

Abstract: This article examines Oakeshott’s attitude to three different strands of left-wing thought: Marxism and Communism; Fabianism and democratic socialism; and anarchism and the Frankfurt school. The lasting legacy of his early adherence to socialist thought was an adherence to a romantic political individualism. It traces the transformation of his political vocabulary from a discourse of the general will to one of civil association, and argues that while he became increasingly hostile to Marxist and socialist thought, his later conservatism was informed by an enduring romanticism that allowed him to sympathize with anarchism even in his old age.

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Journal of the History of IdeasUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Jul 10, 2014

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