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Enemies of Perfection, The : Oakeshott, Plato, and the Critique of Rationalism

Candreva, Debra

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ISBN 10: 0739106627 / ISBN 13: 9780739106624
Published by Lexington Books 2004-12-23, US, 2004
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Enemies of Perfection, The : Oakeshott, ...

Publisher: Lexington Books 2004-12-23, US

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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Edition: 1st Edition

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While some philosophers feel that Plato corrupted the practice of Western metaphysics, others feel his legacy has been abandoned to the detriment of Western thought. Even though Michael Oakeshott is well known for his critique of rationalism, and his denial that human reason is capable of achieving eternal truths―truths such as those articulated by Plato and his contemporaries―Oakeshott does not view Plato as the source of either error or truth. He instead considers Plato to be the proponent of an important dialectical manner of thinking.

In The Enemies of Perfection, author 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 irrelevant to current thinking.

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Debra Candreva is a visiting assistant professor at Wellesley College.

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