Oakeshott and American Criminology

Paul Knepper, East Carolina University

ABSTRACT
Michael Oakeshott founded the history of political thought program at the London School of Economics. Although Oakeshott has been categorized as a political philosopher-Rationalism in Politics (1962) among his best known works-he has important things to say to criminologists. This paper reviews several of his ideas and discusses their application to American criminology. Specifically, it discusses Oakeshott's poetic imagination, his concept of a person, his view of human association, and his description of the rule of law.

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