Lectures in the History of Political Thought: Michael Oakeshott Selected Writings

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Oakeshott's memorable lectures on the history of political thought, delivered each year at the London School of Economics, will now be available in print for the first time as Volume II of his Selected Writings. Based on manuscripts in the LSE archive for 1966?67, the last year of Oakeshott's tenure as Professor of Political Science, these thirty lectures deal with Greek, Roman, mediaeval, and modern European political thought in a uniquely accessible manner. Scholars familiar with Oakeshott's work will recognize...

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Oakeshott's memorable lectures on the history of political thought, delivered each year at the London School of Economics, will now be available in print for the first time as Volume II of his Selected Writings. Based on manuscripts in the LSE archive for 1966?67, the last year of Oakeshott's tenure as Professor of Political Science, these thirty lectures deal with Greek, Roman, mediaeval, and modern European political thought in a uniquely accessible manner. Scholars familiar with Oakeshott's work will recognize his own ideas subtly blended with an exposition carefully crafted for an undergraduate audience; those discovering Oakeshott for the first time will find an account of the subject that remains illuminating and provocative.

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TERRY NARDIN is Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is the author of Law, Morality, and the Relations of States (1983) and The Philosophy of Michael Oakeshott (2001), and editor of Traditions of International Ethics (1992), The Ethics of War and Peace (1996), and International Society (1998).

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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Editors' Introduction     1
Introduction     31
The Political Experience of the Ancient Greeks     45
The Greek Image of the World     60
The Political Thought of the Ancient Greeks (1)     73
The Political Thought of the Ancient Greeks (2)     87
Aristotle (1)     99
Aristotle (2)     116
Plato (1)     130
Plato (2)     145
Stoics and Epicureans     160
The Political Experience of the Ancient Romans (1)     176
The Political Experience of the Ancient Romans (2)     193
Roman Political Thought (1)     208
Roman Political Thought (2)     222
Roman Political Thought (3)     237
Medieval Political Experience     252
Medieval Government     266
The Medieval Theory of Empire     284
Medieval Law     293
Medieval Parliaments     305
Medieval Political Philosophy (1): Augustine     322
Medieval Political Philosophy (2): Aquinas     339
The Character of a Modern European State     359
The Generation of a Modern State     373
Modern European Political Thought     389
Interpretations of the Modern European State (1)     401
Interpretations of the Modern European State (2)     413
The Authority of Governments and the Obligations of Subjects (1)     426
The Authority of Governments and the Obligations of Subjects (2)     440
The Authority of Governments and the Obligations of Subjects (3)     453
The Office of Government (1)     469
The Office of Government (2)     483
Index of Names of Persons and Places     498
Index of Subjects     503
Index of Works     516
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