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On Civility

The very excellent Elizabeth Corey in an Oakeshottian frame of mind. It concerns the entire person—body, mannerisms, and speech—and it signals respect for oneself and others. Civility here is graciousness and courtesy, kindness and respect, other-regarding action that greases the wheels of human interaction. . . . Civility is not much prized in our revolutionary…

The Religious Sensibility of Michael Oakeshott

The theme of the unremitting nature of practical life also appears in Elizabeth Corey’s essay “The Religious Sensibility of Michael Oakeshott.” Drawing on Oakeshott’s two essays on the Tower of Babel to flesh out his critique of the perfectionism and obsession with achievement that vitiate modern life, Corey shows how Oakeshott conceived of religion as…

In Praise of Moderation

The very excellent Elizabeth Corey’s First Things review of Aurelian Craiutu’s the Faces of Moderation: The Art of Balance in an Age of Extremes. Aurelian CraiutuElizabeth CoreyLiberalismMichael OakeshottmoderationPolitical philosophy

Walker Percy: the Human Condition in an Age of Science

Coming soon in Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science. Stay tuned. 1. PHILOSOPHER OF PRECISION AND SOUL: INTRODUCING WALKER PERCY by Leslie Marsh This article introduces the work of philosopher-novelist Walker Percy to the Zygon readership. After some biographical and contextual preliminaries I suggest that the conceptual collecting feature to Percy’s work is his critique…

Rationalism and Teaching the Constitution

Elizabeth Corey’s recent discussion in Academic Questions. An extract below: Oakeshott’s Critique In his most famous essay, “Rationalism in Politics,” published in a book of the same name, Oakeshott calls the American Founding a “Rationalist” project. In Oakeshott’s lexicon, Rationalism is not something to be praised but a pathological condition, a cast of mind exhibited by…