The activity of politics and related essays
Animated by the single theme of the nature of politics, this collection of ten essays addresses such diverse topics as liberalism; education; arms control; the relation of politics to armed force; the theories of Michael Oakeshott, Karl Marx, John Dewey, and Alberto Moravia; and the challenges to politics in a republic.
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Politics and Moderation
The Activity of Politics 2 Errors of Marxism
Michael Oakeshotts Critique of Rationalism in Politics
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