Michael Oakeshott, Rationalism and ‘The Sovereignty of Technique’: A Textualist Reading of ‘Rationalism in Politics’

At the crux of the essay, Oakeshott takes a critical stance against what he pens as ‘modern rationalism’, judiciously investigating the connection between modern utopian thinking, ‘reason’, ‘knowledge’ and political action. Consequently, this essay has become a seminal text in the fields of political theory and political philosophy, hence, warranting an exhaustive reading.