Oakeshott on Rome and America

I have reached an agreement with Imprint Academic to publish my new book, which currently has the title above, in the first half of 2012.


  1. Congrats. Do you get to pick the title?

  2. I certainly will have input into the title.

  3. You might want to make "Oakeshott on Rome and America" the subtitle, and use something flashier—perhaps a pithy line from Oakeshott himself (cf. this)?—for the title itself.

  4. I certainly DO want a flashier title -- I just don't have one yet! Suggestions are welcomed.

  5. Congratulations. I'm greatly looking forward to it.

  6. It's hard to judge a work by its table of contents, so these titles might be hilariously inapposite. Even so, they are the best I could come up with:

    1. Constitutionalism's Empty Promise: Oakeshott on Rome and America

    2. Rome, America, and the Failure of Rationalism: Oakeshott on the Fate of Two Civilizations

    3. The Imaginary Chains of a Constitution: Oakeshott on the Roman and American Experiments

    That last one is of course an allusion to the famous Jefferson quotation.


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