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)