The Voice of Liberal Learning

Michael Oakeshott, The Voice of Liberal Learning. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1989.

Timothy Fuller has here performed the valuable task of bringing together Michael Oakeshott’s most important essays on education. Fuller also includes a helpful introduction which distinguishes Oakeshott’s view from those of Allan Bloom and E.D. Hirsch, and which situates Oakeshott’s reflections in the context of his basic philosophic commitments. These essays are interesting and important not only in their own right, but also for their illumination of themes present in Oakeshott’s longer works.” Terry Hall, The Review of Metaphysics, Vol. 43, No.1 (Sep., 1989), pp. 159-161.

Includes the following essays:

  • “A Place of Learning”
  • “Learning and Teaching”
  • “Education: The Engagement and Its Frustration”
  • “The Idea of a University”
  • “The Universities”
  • “Political Education”

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