Early political writings

A new Oakeshott primary source appeared in late 2010, to complement the three secondary sources published around that time.

The new book is Michael Oakeshott: Early Political Writings 1925-30: ‘A Discussion of Some Matters Preliminary to the Study of Political Philosophy’ and ‘The Philosophical Approach to Politics”). Edited by Luke O’Sullivan, the new anthology contains two previously unpublished works, a manuscript entitled ‘A Discussion of some Matters preliminary to the Study of Political Philosophy’, and the first version of a course of lectures on ‘The Philosophical Approach to Politics’ that Oakeshott gave between 1928 and 1930.

According to the publisher’s blurb, “these works establish that politics was a central concern in the first decade of Oakeshott’s intellectual career, and show beyond any doubt that the ideas of Experience and its Modes actually grew out of Oakeshott’s prior philosophical interest in politics.”

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