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The enemies of perfection : Oakeshott, Plato, and the critique of rationalism

Author: Debra Candreva
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In The Enemies of Perfection, Debra Candreva argues that Plato's philosophy is among the most important influences on Oakeshott's thought, with his debts to Plato far outweighing his criticisms. Further, Candreva's examination of Oakeshott's treatment of Plato forms the basis of an argument against the view that a radical gap between ancient and modern thought renders ancient philosophy either inaccessible or  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Michael Oakeshott; Plato.; Michael Oakeshott; Plato.; Plato; Michael Joseph Oakeshott; Michael Joseph Oakeshott; Plato.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Debra Candreva
ISBN: 0739106627 9780739106624
OCLC Number: 56942441
Description: viii, 150 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction why Plato? --
2. Rationalism and the nature of politics --
3. Rationalism, knowledge, and philosophy --
4. Philosophy and practice --
5. Philosophy and the moral life --
6. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Debra Candreva.
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In The Enemies of Perfection Debra Candreva argues that Platos philosophy is among the most important influences on philosopher Michael Oakeshotts thought. Despite Oakeshotts criticisms of Plato the  Read more...

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