On History and Other Essays

Michael Oakeshott, On History and Other Essays. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1983.

“In this book’s first three essays, Professor Michael Oakeshott sets out to establish the nature, conditions, and limits of historical inquiry, but, for once, professional historians may find that a philosopher has explained their work and unique contribution to human knowledge better than they themselves have done.” Robert Nicholas Berard, The International History Review, Vol. 6, No. 2 (May, 1984), pp. 301-303.

Table of Contents:

  • 1.”Present, Future and Past”
  • 2. “Historical Events: The fortuitous, the causal, the similar, the correlative, the analogous and the contingent”
  • 3. “Historical Change”
  • 4. “Identity and Continuity”
  • 5. “The Rule of Law”
  • 6. “The Tower of Babel”