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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…

Religion and the Mode of Practice in Michael Oakeshott

Here is the intro to Elizabeth’s essay: Michael Oakeshott’s religious view of the world stands behind much of his political and philosophical writing. Yet it is difficult to get a firm grasp on what religion means to Oakeshott. His ideas about it constitute nothing that most people would recognize as religious. He rarely writes about God,…

Oakeshott Symposium on Science and Religion

This is the first of six contributions to a symposium published in Zygon, vol. 44, no. 1 (March 2009). Abstract. This paper introduces a symposium discussing Michael Oakeshott’s understanding of the relationship of religion, science and politics. Essays by Elizabeth Corey, Timothy Fuller, Byron Kaldis, and Corey Abel are followed by a review of Corey’s recent…

Penn State Companion Launch

The Penn State Companion will have its launch as part of a colloquium sponsored by The Alexander Hamilton Institute and Colgate’s Center for Freedom & Western Civilization: the theme “What Is a Civilizational Struggle: The Work of Samuel Huntington.” Dates: Thur, April 18 – Sat 20, 2013 Oakeshott session: Sat 20th: 12:45-2:00pm. Location: Turning Stone Resort Casino, upstate NY. The following contributors…

Companion to Oakeshott Official Launch

The Penn State Companion will have its official launch as part of a colloquium sponsored by The Alexander Hamilton Institute and Colgate’s Center for Freedom & Western Civilization. The colloquium format will be Liberty-style except that there will be an audience. For those able to attend, you will be most welcome. The dates: Thur, April…

The Religious Sensibility of Michael Oakeshott

Snippets from Elizabeth Corey’s essay: Perhaps what is most notable about the Tower of Babel myth, in both of Oakeshott’s essays, is the perfectionism inherent in the story. Whether one wants to contribute to a great and noble cause or to change the world through human action, pride and overestimation lie at the center of…

Clouding Conservatism

Yet more Oakeshottiana. Here is a brief review by Elizabeth Corey of The Meanings of Michael Oakeshott’s Conservatism (table of contents). Corey summarizes why Oakeshott’s supposed conservatism equally frustrates self-avowed conservatives and liberal critics: in the second excerpt she neatly captures the appeal of Oakeshott for someone such as myself. (See also another recent posting). In…