Recovering Political Philosophy

Michael Oakeshott and Leo Strauss

The Politics of Renaissance and Enlightenment

Authors: McIlwain, David

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  • Compares two of the most prominent members of the Atlantic conservative movement
  • Gives a prominent position to secondary literature, it directs attention to the theoretical questions at issue between the two thinkers
  • Emphasizes the existential focus on mortality in Oakeshott’s thought
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This book compares the thought of Michael Oakeshott and Leo Strauss, bringing Oakeshott’s desire for a renaissance of poetic individuality into dialogue with Strauss’s recovery of the universality of philosophical enlightenment. Starting from the conventional understanding of these thinkers as important voices of twentieth-century conservatism, McIlwain traces their deeper and more radical commitments to the highpoints of human achievement and their shared concerns with the fate of traditional inheritances in modernity, the role and meaning of history, the intention and meaning of political philosophy, and the problem of politics and religion. The book culminates in an articulation of the positions of Oakeshott and Strauss as part of the quarrel of poetry and philosophy, revealing the ongoing implications of their thinking in terms of the profound spiritual and political questions raised by modern thinkers such as Hobbes, Hegel, Nietzsche and Heidegger and leading back to foundational figures of Western civilization including St. Augustine and Socrates.

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David McIlwain received his PhD in Politics from Macquarie University, Australia in 2018.

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“McIlwain makes an illuminating and original argument that casts a great deal of light on both Strauss and Oakeshott. The writing is excellent, the argument well developed, and the comparison very valuable. Moreover, the establishment of a ‘dialogue’ between the two thinkers is a worthy project that will contribute to the burgeoning literature on both.” (Wayne Cristaudo, Professor, Political Science, Charles Darwin University, USA)

“This closely argued comparative study sheds new light on two of the twentieth century’s most important political philosophers. McIlwain shows the breadth and nuances of Strauss’s and Oakeshott’s philosophical visions and their respective diagnoses of modern civilization. The treatment of religious themes in both thinkers’ philosophical projects is particularly illuminating.”(Ian Tregenza, Senior Lecturer, Modern History, Politics & International Relations, Macquarie University, Australia)

 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook $44.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Michael Oakeshott and Leo Strauss
Book Subtitle
The Politics of Renaissance and Enlightenment
Authors
Series Title
Recovering Political Philosophy
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-13381-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-13381-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-13380-1
Series ISSN
2524-7166
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 222
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