On Human Conduct

On Human Conduct

by Michael Oakeshott


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On Human Conduct by Michael Oakeshott

On Human Conduct is composed of three connected essays. Each has its own concern: the first with theoretical understanding, and with human conduct in general; the second with an ideal mode of human relationship which the author has called civil association; and the third with that ambiguous, historic association commonly called a modern European state.
Running through the work is Professor Oakshott's belief in philosophical reflection as an adventure: the adventure of one who seeks to understand in other terms what he already understands, and where the understanding is sought is a disclosure of the conditions of the understanding enjoyed and not a substitute for it. Its most appropriate expression is an essay, which, he writes, "does not dissemble the conditionality of the conclusions it throws up and although it may enlighten it does not instruct."

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ISBN-13: 9780198271956
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 04/10/1975
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 5.69(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.06(d)

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