Discussing Oakeshott


He's the main influence behind my new book, "The Conservative Soul," and I'm delighted that my 1989 doctoral dissertation on him, "Intimations Pursued," is going to be published later this year, as part of a series of books devoted to analyzing his thought. If Anglo-American conservatism is going to be revived in the twenty-first century, it will, I think, have to draw deeply on Oakeshott's reconciliation of conservatism with modernity. One of the sharper younger Oakeshott scholars is Ian Tregenza, whom I met at the Oakeshott Society conference earlier this year. If you're interested, here's a podcast from an Australian radio show called "The Philosopher's Zone," where Ian discusses Oakeshott with Peter Coleman. Here's how the podcast is introduced:

The British philosopher Michael Oakeshott, who was born in 1901 and died in 1990, is a difficult man to pin down. He's frequently described as a conservative, but there isn't much in his thought that would have been of help to a political party, and his work is often seen as poetic and evasive. This week, we look at the work of a great - and strange - philosopher.

Listen here.