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The Elusive Oakeshott

Here is a characteristically lucid piece by Ken Minogue on Oakeshott’s supposed conservatism. It should be noted that conservatism as Oakeshott understood it, is an anathema to “conservatism” understood in the American context. I take the view that these the terms are not at all helpful and are, for the most part, vulgarized. Oakeshott was…

Oakeshott on Religion, Science and Politics

The recent Zygon symposium on Oakeshott on religion, science and politics is now available as a free download. Click here and scroll down to the REFLECTING ON MICHAEL OAKESHOTT section.

Oakeshott symposium

The Oakeshott symposium on science, religion, and politics in the journal Zygon is now online.    In this issue there is also a symposium on Owen Flanagan’s latest book  The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World. I was scheduled to participate in this symposium, a symposium that I’d originally suggested, but my computer went…

CFP: Michael Oakeshott Association Conference

Michael Oakeshott Association Conference November 12-14, 2009 Baylor University Waco, Texas 2009 marks the fifth meeting of the Michael Oakeshott Association, a group founded in 2001 to encourage the study of one of the 20th century’s most important political philosophers. Previous conferences have taken place at the London School of Economics, Colorado College, and the…

Bernard Crick

Bernard Crick has died. About 10 years ago I had a brief correspondence with him hoping he’d be interested in attending the inaugural conference of the Michael Oakeshott Association. In Oakeshott circles, Crick was notorious for his snippy article on Oakeshott entitled “The World of Michael Oakeshott: Or the Lonely Nihilist”, Encounter, 20 (June 1963). From…

Oakeshott on Religion, Science and Politics

Here is my introduction to the Zygon symposium on Oakeshott to appear in the March 2009 issue. This is an uncorrected proof – do not cite.

Liberalism for Dummies

It’s been a while since I’ve made a posting in political philosophy. With the US election about to take place I thought it an opportune time to bang on about getting one’s terms adequately defined. It’s clear that so-called conservatives neither self-avowed liberals can give an adequate characterization of liberalism. For a sound overview of liberalism see…

Oakeshott on Religion, Science and Politics

Here are the abstracts for the forthcoming Zygon: A Journal of Religion and Science symposium on Oakeshott. Elizabeth Corey (Baylor) RELIGION AND THE MODE OF PRACTICE IN MICHAEL OAKESHOTT Michael Oakeshott’s religious view of the world stands behind much of his political and philosophical writing. The present essay proceeds first by discussing Oakeshott’s view of religion…