This book presents and interpretation of Michael Oakeshott's philosophy by paying close attention to his reading of Hobbes. It offers and account of Oakeshott's political theory and examines the way in which it changes and develops - from a broadly Hegelian to a recognisably, if idiosyncratics, Hobbesian character.
Introduction -- 1. Philosophy, History, and the Theory of Politics. 2. Will, Agency, Individuality. 3. Authority, Freedom, and Civil Association. 4. Religion, the World, and Human Conduct. 5. Science, Myth, and Civilization. -- Conclusion.