Oakeshott and American Criminology

Paul Knepper, East Carolina University

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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