Oakeshott, the Economists, and Criminology

Paul Knepper, East Carolina University

Although Michael Oakeshott (1901-1990) is known as a political philosopher, he has a great deal to say to criminology. His concepts of political activity, civil association, the rule of law, taken within his general theory of moral conduct, provide a moral theory of crime. Oakeshott's approach shares with the economic/rational choice approach to crime but also differs in significant ways because of his view of human beings as free moral agents and the rule of law as non-purposive.

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Updated 05/20/2006