Oakeshott Memorial Lecture, LSE, 19th October 2011

Are adverbial rules enough?

Michael Oakeshott famously distinguished the character of a state, as opposed to an enterprise association, as something that derives from the imposition of adverbial constraints on action rather than the adoption of social goals. Oliver Letwin [explores] the extent to which this is, and the extent to which it is not, an adequate account of what we can legitimately demand from the modern liberal state.

Oliver Letwin MP is Britain’s Minister of State for Government Policy, and (amongst other things) a former philosophy don. For further information about this lecture, see the London School of Economics’s event page.

Update (24 October, 2011): Now you can listen to the LSE’s podcast of the 2011 Oakeshott memorial lecture online.