Political Theory

Three Critics of the Rise of Collectivism: Berlin, Hayek, and Oakeshott


Writing at roughly the same time, Berlin, Hayek, and Oakeshott were all critics of collectivism on the right and left during the twentieth century. However, as much as they hated collectivist political regimes, they all did so for different reasons and proposed different political alternatives. In this conference we read selections from all three writers and compared their alternative critiques and proposed solutions to fascism and communism.


Conference Readings

Berlin, Isaiah. The Crooked Timber of Humanity. London: Fontanna Press, 1990.

Berlin, Isaiah. Liberty. Edited by Henry Hardy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Berlin, Isaiah. The Sense of Reality: Studies in Ideas and Their History. London: Chatto & Windus, 1957, 1996.

Hayek, F. A. The Constitution of Liberty. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978.

Oakeshott, Michael. Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1991.