The Concept of a Philosophical Jurisprudence: Selected Writings

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This volume brings together for the first time over a hundred of Oakeshott's essays and reviews, written between 1926 and 1951, that until now have remained scattered through a variety of scholarly journals, periodicals and newspapers. A new editorial introduction explains how these pieces, including the lengthy essay on the philosophical nature of jurisprudence that occupies an important position in Oakeshott's work, illuminate his other published writings. The collection throws new light on the context of his thought by placing him in dialogue with a number of other major figures in the humanities and social sciences during this period, including Leo Strauss, A.N. Whitehead, Karl Mannheim, Herbert Butterfield, E.H. Carr, Gilbert Ryle, and R.G. Collingwood.

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Political Studies Review - Richard Mullender

"O'Sullivan's collection merits close attention, for its records the process of development that saw Oakshott the philosopher become Oakeshott the political commentator."

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Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Introduction     1
Review of J. Needham (ed.), Science, Religion, and Reality (1926)     37
Review of A.C. Bouquet, The Christian Religion and Its Competitors To-day (1926)     40
Review of E. Griffith-Jones, Providence - Divine and Human (1926)     41
Review of T. Whittaker, The Metaphysics of Evolution (1927)     42
Review of R.B. Perry, General Theory of Value (1927)     43
Review of R.W. Sellars, The Principles and Problems of Philosophy (1927)     44
Review of F.J.E. Woodbridge, The Realm of Mind; A.A. Jascalevich, Three Conceptions of Mind (1927)     45
Review of A.G. Widgery, Contemporary Thought of Great Britain (1927)     46
Review of C. Gore, Can We Then Believe?; E.G. Selwyn (ed.), Essays Catholic and Critical; W.R. Bowie, The Inescapable Christ (1927)     48
Review of P. Gardner, Modernism in the English Church (1927)     50
Review of J.S. Mackenzie, Fundamental Problems of Life (1929)     51
Review of P.S. Belasco, Authority in Church and State (1929)     54
Review of J. Martet, Clemenceau (1930)     57
Review of J.C. Powys, The Meaning of Culture (1930)     58
Review of G.E.G. Catlin, The Principles of Politics (1930)     61
Review of K. Feiling, What is Conservatism?; L. Powys, The PatheticFallacy (1930)     63
Review of H. Rashdall, God and Man, ed. H.D.L. Major and F.L. Cross (1930)     65
Review of G.G. Atkins, The Making of the Christian Mind (1930)     66
Review of H.H. Farmer, Experience of God (1930)     71
Review of L.P. Smith, Afterthoughts; F.H. Bradley, Aphorisms (1931)     73
Review of L. Britton, Hunger and Love (1931)     76
Review of J.B. Pratt, Adventures in Philosophy and Religion (1931)     77
Review of H. Driesch, Ethical Principles in Theory and Practice (1931)     78
Review of F.J. Sheen, Religion without God; K. Heim, The New Divine Order; E. Holmes, Philosophy without Metaphysics (1931)     80
John Locke (1932)     82
Review of F.J.C. Hearnshaw (ed.), The Social and Political Ideas of the Age of Reaction and Reconstruction (1931)     87
Review of M. Ruthnaswamy, The Making of the State (1933)     88
Review of J. Macmurray, Interpreting the Universe (1933)     89
Review of C.R. Morris, Idealistic Logic (1933)     90
Review of L. Chestov, In Job's Balances (1933)     91
Review of M. Grant, A New Argument for God and Survival (1934)     94
Review of L. Curtis, Civitas Dei (1934)     96
Review of O. Gierke, Natural Law and the Theory of Society (1934)     97
Review of H. Levy and others, Aspects of Dialectical Materialism (1934)     100
Review of A.N. Whitehead, Adventures of Ideas (1934)     105
Review of C.D. Burns, The Horizon of Experience (1934)     108
Review of G. Michaelis, Richard Hooker als politischer Denker (1934)     109
Thomas Hobbes (1935)     110
Review of H.G. Wood, Christianity and the Nature of History; J.C. McKerrow, Religion and History (1935)     122
Review of E.F. Carritt, Morals and Politics (1935)     124
Review of M.B. Foster, The Political Philosophies of Plato and Hegel (1935)     126
Review of A.W. Tilby, Right: a Study in Physical and Moral Order (1935)     128
'History and the Social Sciences' (1936)     129
Review of W. Brock, An Introduction to Contemporary German Philosophy (1936)     135
Review of N. Berdyaev, The Meaning of History (1936)     137
Review of C.C.J. Webb, The Historical Element in Religion (1936)     138
Review of F.H. Bradley, Collected Essays (1936)     140
Review of B. Pfannenstill, Bernard Bosanquet's Philosophy of the State (1936)     143
Review of L. Strauss, The Political Philosophy of Hobbes (1936)     145
Review of K. Mannheim, Ideology and Utopia (1937)     147
Review of F. Birch, This Freedom of Ours (1937)      149
Review of M. Roberts, The Modern Mind (1937)     151
The Concept of a Philosophical Jurisprudence (1938)     154
Review of R.G. Collingwood, The Principles of Art, ed. T.M. Knox (1938)     184
Review of J. Marshall, Swords and Symbols (1939)     187
Review of K.B. Smellie, Reason in Politics (1939)     189
Review of E.F.M. Durbin, The Politics of Democratic Socialism (1940)     191
Review of G. Wallas, Men and Ideas (1941)     195
Review of B. Croce, Politics and Morals (1946)     196
Review of R.G. Collingwood, The Idea of History (1947)     197
Review of W.A. Orton, The Liberal Tradition (1947)     200
Review of J. Bowle, Western Political Thought (1947)     201
Contemporary British Politics. Review of J. Parker, Labour Marches On, and Q. Hogg, The Case for Conservatism (1947)     203
Review of H.D. Lasswell, The Analysis of Political Behaviour (1948)     220
Review of L. Whistler, The English Festivals (1948)     222
Review of J. Lavrin, Nietzsche (1948)     224
Review of W.T. Jones (ed.), Masters of Political Thought, (1948)     226
Review of K.B. Smellie, Why We Read History (1948)     228
Review of S. Campion, Father, a Portrait of G.G. Coulton (1948)     230
Review of V. Bulwer, Bulwer-Lytton (1948)     233
Review of G. Bryson, Man and Society (1948)     234
Review of M. Ginsberg, Reason and Unreason in Society (1948)     235
Review of R.B. Perry, Puritanism and Democracy (1948)     236
Review of C.E.M. Joad, Decadence (1948)     238
Science and Society (1948)     240
Review of J.D. Mabbott, The State and the Citizen (1949)     248
Review of E.F. Williams, The Triple Challenge (1949)     260
Review of F. Sternberg, How to Stop the Russians without War (1949)     262
Review of G.C. Field, Principles and Ideals in Politics (1949)     266
Review of E. Whittaker, The Modern Approach to Descartes' Problem; S.M. Jacob, Notes on Descartes' Regles; P. Valery, Descartes (1949)     268
Review of H. Selsam, Socialism and Ethics (1949)     271
Review of E. Dudley, The Tree of Commonwealth, ed. D.M. Brodie (1949)     275
Review of A. Koestler, Insight and Outlook (1949)     277
Review of O. S. Wauchope, Deviation into Sense (1949)     280
Review of W. G. de Burgh, The Life of Reason (1949)     283
Review of W. Carington, Matter, Mind, and Meaning (1949)     285
Review of T. Gilby, Barbara Celarent (1949)     287
Review of J.D. Bernal, The Freedom of Necessity (1949)      289
Review of D.G. James, The Life of Reason (1949)     292
Review of J. Lindsay, Marxism and Contemporary Science (1949)     295
Review of H. Butterfield, The Origins of Modern Science (1949)     297
Review of J. Burnham, The Coming Defeat of Communism (1950)     306
Review of J.R. Watmough, Cambridge Conversations (1950)     309
Review of J. Plamenatz, The English Utilitarians (1950)     311
Review of J.W. Gough, John Locke's Political Philosophy (1950)     313
Review of R. Filmer, Patriarcha, ed. P. Laslett (1950)     315
Review of G. Ryle, The Concept of Mind (1950)     317
Review of J. Godley, Tell Me the Next One (1950)     319
Review of W.M. Urban, Beyond Realism and Idealism (1950)     321
Review of E.W.F. Tomlin, The Great Philosophers (1950)     323
Mr Carr's First Volume. Review of E.H. Carr, The Bolshevik Revolution (1951)     325
The B.B.C. (1951)     334
Review of T. Wilson, Modern Capitalism and Economic Progress (1951)     345
Review of J.H.S. Burleigh, The City of God; R.H. Barrow, Introduction to St Augustine (1951)     348
Review of T.H. Marshall, Citizenship and Social Class (1951)     352
Review of N. Machiavelli, The Discourses, ed. L.J. Walker (1951)     355
Review of G.J. Renier, History, Its Purpose and Method (1951)     357
Review of C. L. Morgan, Liberties of the Mind (1951)     359
Review of G. Santayana, Dominations and Powers (1951)     362
Review of D.W. Brogan, The Price of Revolution (1951)     364
Review of R.E. Money-Kyrle, Psychoanalysis and Politics (1951)     367
Review of D. M. Pickles, Introduction to Politics (1951)     369
Indexes     371
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