FREE Delivery in the UK.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Voice of Liberal Learning has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by owlsmart_usa
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Pages are clean and free of writing and or highlighting. Cover edges show some wear from reading and storage.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Voice of Liberal Learning Paperback – 1 Jan 2001

5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
"Please retry"
£6.65 £6.45
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£10.95 FREE Delivery in the UK. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Frequently Bought Together

  • Voice of Liberal Learning
  • +
  • The School of Freedom: A liberal education reader from Plato to the present day
Total price: £25.90
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Liberty Fund Inc (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865973245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865973244
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

About the Author

Michael Oakeshott (1901 90) was a philosopher and a political theorist who wrote widely on the philosophy of aesthetics, education, history, law, political philosophy and religion. He is perhaps best known as a conservative political and social thinker.

Fuller is Dean of the Faculty and College and Professor of Political Science at Colorado College.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was recommeded to read this for my teacher training course at Buckingham University, and its a brilliant read. Oakeshott's ideas are radical, and he predicted the path education would go since his writing. Education is worthy in itself, and is an engagement into the thought, ideas and arguments of Western Civilisation which extend the learner's points of reference and categories of understanding beyond the limits of his contemporaries. Education is an enterprise with no extrinsic aim other than to create free thinking individuals with an identity that is formed outwith the boundaries set by his contemporary influences. Education is not training to acquire wealth, nor is it socialisation into a society. Governments are only concerned with socialisation of one sought or another rather than education in this pure Oakeshottian sense.

Oakeshott shows wonderfully foresight in this insightful and eloquent treatise. Since written, the UK Government has introduced PSHE and Citizenship into our schools and merged polytechnics with Universities. Universities are now business enterprises feeding skilled individuals into the "knowledge economy" and providing research that must demonstrate its "impact." All education is now measured in terms of the good it produces for the economy and society. The notion that they should be educating people for a more human and pure reason is too epheremal an criterion to satisfy the target setting of management and bureaucratic culture. What we have seen since the writing of this work is indeed education being supplanted by socialisation.
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x89824060) out of 5 stars 1 review
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89834d74) out of 5 stars A critical pleasure 4 Feb. 2015
By Adrian - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It blows my mind that this book hasn't received a single review on Amazon or, more importantly, the attention it deserves. While Oakeshott has been steadily gaining popularity in the last decade he is still largely unknown - mostly due to his illusive and at times mysterious character.

This book is a necessary look at the 'conservative' disposition as it sees educational theory. And not conservative in the modern sense of the word, that is, force-feeding students politicized and ideological education that inspires a 'positive' or 'patriotic' feeling, but conservative in the sense that education needs to get back to its roots. For education to be successful, according to Oakeshott, it needs to be largely disconnected from the day-to-day dealings of 'regular' life. It needs to be a safe haven from the real world so to speak.

I will not say much more about this, but as someone who is a fan of John Dewey's inspiring and comprehensive Democracy and Education, this book gave me much to think about i.e. the 'other side' (although Dewey and Oakeshott aren't necessarily directly opposed but that's another story). Progressive or conservative, educator or student, this collection of essays presents itself as a critical 'conversation partner' to a world that seems to be over-flowing with progressive, child-centered curriculum theories and 'practical' educations.

I personally am a huge fan of Oakeshott's style and eloquence, but some, I am told, find it a drudgery to get through his flowery prose. Other than that - absolute must read.
Was this review helpful? Let us know