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Rationalism and tradition: The Popper–Oakeshott conversation

Jacobs, Struan and Tregenza, Ian 2014, Rationalism and tradition: The Popper–Oakeshott conversation, European journal of political theory, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 3-24, doi: 10.1177/1474885112471274.

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Title Rationalism and tradition: The Popper–Oakeshott conversation
Author(s) Jacobs, Struan
Tregenza, Ian
Journal name European journal of political theory
Volume number 13
Issue number 1
Start page 3
End page 24
Total pages 22
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2014-01
ISSN 1474-8851
1741-2730
Keyword(s) criticism
rationalism
reason
tradition
utopia
Summary In 1948 Karl Popper sent a copy of his paper, ‘Utopia and Violence’, to Michael Oakeshott. Popper had recently read Oakeshott’s essay ‘Rationalism in Politics’, appreciating its relevance to views he had expressed in The Open Society. Oakeshott wrote to Popper at some length, explaining his thoughts about reason, tradition and kindred matters, to which Popper responded. This paper reproduces these letters and discusses them with reference to pertinent writings of Popper and Oakeshott. While showing there was much common ground between the two men and that they significantly influenced each other, the writings reveal important differences over the role of reason and tradition in social and political life.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1474885112471274
Field of Research 160806 Social Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30062467

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