January 2023: Oakeshott’s Moral Vision
Please join us in January 2023 for a Virtual Reading Group with Elizabeth Corey.
Pre-registration is required, and we ask you to register only if you can be present for ALL sessions. Readings must be purchased in advance. You may use promo code VRG2023 to receive 35% off your purchase at Liberty Fund Books. Participants who successfully complete ALL sessions will be eligible to receive an Amazon e-gift certificate.
Michael Oakeshott offers his readers a striking description of what it means to be conservative—in politics and in moral life more generally. His vision is connected to a particular view of liberal education. This VRG will consider his writings on education as they relate to moral and political life. Do Oakeshott’s views make sense in our “revolutionary” moment? Can the liberal education he describes still exist in a world that seems to value productivity and political activism above all else?
Session I: Wednesday, January 11, 2023, 3:00-4:00 pm EST, Educational Foundations
Michael Oakeshott, The Voice of Liberal Learning, “A Place of Learning” (pp. 1-34) and “The Idea of a University” (pp. 105-117)
Session II: Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 3:00-4:00 pm EST, Education continued . . .
Michael Oakeshott, The Voice of Liberal Learning, “Learning and Teaching” (pp. 35-61)
Session III: Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 3:00-4:00 pm EST, Oakeshott’s Moral Vision
Michael Oakeshott, Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays, “On Being Conservative” (pp. 407-437) and “The Tower of Babel” (pp. 465-487)
Virtual Reading Groups
- One Fell Swoop: Reading All of Shakespeare’s Plays
- April 2023: Understanding Reconstruction - the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments
- March 2023: Foundations of Modern Environmentalism
- February 2023: Bruno Leoni: Freedom and the Law
- January 2023: Oakeshott’s Moral Vision
- January 2023: The Messiness of Progress: Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and David Hume’s Essays and Histories
- December 2022: Classical Tragedy and the World of Ideas
- December 2022: J.S. Mill “Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion"
- November 2022: The Election of 1800: Jefferson v. Adams
- October 2022: Shakespeare’s First Tetralogy
- September 2022: The Evolution of American Federalism
- September 2022: Liberty and Virtue in the Axial Age
- August 2022: Jane Austen’s Persuasion: Aristocracy, Independence, and Economics
- May 2022: THE BILL OF RIGHTS: SELECT CASES IN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
- April 2022: Education in a Free Society
- March 2022: Mary Wollstonecraft and the Rights of Women
- March 2022: Ancient v Modern Liberty
- February 2022: Joseph Schumpeter’s “Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy”
- January 2022: James Madison and the Conflict Between the Executive and Legislative Branches
- November 2021: Pericles' Funeral Oration
- September 2021: Celebrate Constitution Day
- August 2021: Agriculture, the State, and Liberty
- June 2021: Adam Ferguson’s History of Civil Society
- May 2021: The Colonial Origins of the Bill of Rights