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Oakeshott

  • Nadia E. Nedzel
  • Nicholas Capaldi
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism book series (PASTCL)

Abstract

We focus on Oakeshott, situating his culminating explanation and defense of the ‘rule of law’ within his larger philosophy, his understanding of the history of English law and politics. We emphasize how the ‘rule of law’ reflects civil association as opposed to an enterprise association. We note his warning that the (Baconian) Enlightenment Project will undermine civil association. What these five authors (Dicey, Leoni, Fuller, Hayek, and Oakeshott) share is a commitment to individual liberty, a critique of Enlightenment Project social planning, a commitment to maintaining coherence with a previous inheritance (spontaneous order), a recognition that the Continent is more prone to collectivism, and the embrace of a judicial conception of politics as opposed to a politicization of the judiciary.

Notes

Acknowledgments

We take this opportunity to thank Timothy Fuller not only for introducing us to the works of Oakeshott but also for initiating us into the Oakeshottean inheritance. There are now an extraordinary number of good articles and books on Oakeshott and that have informed our understanding even when we do not specifically cite them. See, for example, Richard Flathman, John Coats, John Gray, Steven Grosby, and Kenneth Minogue.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nadia E. Nedzel
    • 1
  • Nicholas Capaldi
    • 2
  1. 1.Southern University Law CenterBaton RougeUSA
  2. 2.College of BusinessLoyola University New OrleansNew OrleansUSA

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