The Making of Modern Liberalism by Alan Ryan

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November 2012, no. 346

The Making of Modern Liberalism by Alan Ryan

Reviewed by
November 2012, no. 346

In a famous essay on poetry, English philosopher Michael Oakeshott evoked the metaphor of conversation to describe how people share and discuss ideas. A conversation, suggested Oakeshott, allows a continuous discussion between past and present, between the thought of earlier generations and the pressing needs of the present. A conversation is not a search for truth or even facts, but an endless dialogue among diverse voices.

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