The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) and the Hamilton College Republican Club are pleased to announce that Dr. Leslie Marsh Research Associate, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of British Columbia will speak on political philosopher Michael Oakeshott’s understanding of the meaning of conservatism on April 19, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. in the Filius Events Barn, Hamilton College. The event is open to the public.

Dr. Marsh will discuss how English philosopher Michael Oakeshott ranks as one of the most important political philosophers of the twentieth century and how his writings have raised vital questions not only in philosophy, but in theology, literature, science, history, and politics as well. Oakeshott wrestled with the issue of how we as human beings attempt to know things through history, experience, and reason. Oakeshott’s Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays (1962) includes a widely-cited piece “On Being Conservative.”

Dr. Leslie Marsh is the founder the Michael Oakeshott Association as well as EPISTEME: A Journal of Social Epistemology. Dr. Marsh has received advanced degrees in the study of religions, classical civilization, politics and sociology, and philosophy as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Sussex in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence.