Appropriating Aristotle

In Corey Abel Timothy Fuller (ed.), The Intellectual Legacy of Michael Oakeshott (2005)

Corey Abel
Metropolitan State College of Denver
This essay explores Oakeshott's life-long engagement with the political thought of Aristotle. By examining unpublished notebooks from the 1920's and comparing them with Oakeshott's published writings we find that Oakeshott's critique of Rationalism, his account of skillful human conduct and practical judgment, and even his account of civil association owe remarkable debts to Aristotle. In particular, Aristotle's critique of Platonic and Spartan perfectionism, is strongly echoed in Oakeshott's contrast between civil and enterprise association.
Keywords Oakeshott  Aristotle  Plato  eudaimonia  civil association  enterprise association  politics
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