The Enemies of Perfection

The Enemies of Perfection

by Debra Candreva
     
 

While some philosophers feel that Plato corrupted the practice of Western metaphysics, others feel his legacy has been abandoned to the detriment of Western thought. Even though Michael Oakeshott is well known for his critique of rationalism, and his denial that human reason is capable of achieving eternal truths—truths such as those articulated by Plato and

Overview

While some philosophers feel that Plato corrupted the practice of Western metaphysics, others feel his legacy has been abandoned to the detriment of Western thought. Even though Michael Oakeshott is well known for his critique of rationalism, and his denial that human reason is capable of achieving eternal truths—truths such as those articulated by Plato and his contemporaries—Oakeshott does not view Plato as the source of either error or truth. He instead considers Plato to be the proponent of an important dialectical manner of thinking. In The Enemies of Perfection, author Debra Candreva argues that Plato's philosophy is among the most important influences on Oakeshott's thought, with his debts to Plato far outweighing his criticisms. Further, Candreva's examination of Oakeshott's treatment of Plato forms the basis of an argument against the view that a radical gap between ancient and modern thought renders ancient philosophy either inaccessible or irrelevant to current thinking.

Editorial Reviews

Poltical Studies Review
An admirable book, clearly written and containing illuminating accounts of Oakeshott's published writings…readers with an interest in Oakeshott will find much here that is stimulating and provocative.
Paul Franco
Candreva's writing is clear, her scholarship is sound, and her conclusions are significant. As far as I know. . . no one has written on this subject at any length.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739106624
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.76(d)

Meet the Author

Debra Candreva is a visiting assistant professor at Wellesley College.

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