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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…

Companion Luncheon Launch

Thanks to Corey Abel, Paul Franco, Steven Gerencser, Ken McIntyre and Ken Minogue, five of the Companion’s contributors, all of whom did such a sterling job of expressing to the assembled audience why Oakeshott is such a worthwhile thinker. Thanks also to our AHI hosts Bob Paquette and Thomas Cheeseman. a companion to michael oakeshottMichael…

Oakeshott on Civil Association

Here are some extracts from Noel’s essay, the penultimate chapter (also check out two new pieces by Noel found here). The distinctive achievement of Western political thought since the seventeenth century is the ideal of the limited state. Despite extensive theorizing about this ideal, however, there has always been profound disagreement about its precise nature…

Oakeshott as Conservative

Robert Devigne’s intro to his chapter. The identification of Michael Oakeshott with conservatism is fraught with debate. To be sure, some analysts consider Oakeshott to be the modern incarnation of Burke. Moreover, during the closing decades of the twentieth century, conservative thinkers in the United Kingdom made the greatest claims to Oakeshott. Yet different features…

Oakeshott and Hayek: Situating the Mind

Below are some excerpts from my paper – the excerpts chosen with a view to addressing the criticisms leveled by John Kekes. 1) Kekes writes: The third deficient essay is by Leslie Marsh, one of the editors of this volume. He compares Oakeshott and Hayek from the point of view of cognitive science. I find…

The Fate of Rationalism in Oakeshott’s Thought

However long Ken Minogue has been writing about rationalism he always has a knack of bringing something new and elegant to the topic. Oakeshott was passionate about ideas, and in casual conversation he did not stint on expressing his disdain for folly, but his philosophical instincts were always to discover some element of rationality in…

Oakeshott on Education

Here are some extracts from my co-editor Paul’s essay. Toward the end of his essay on “The Universities,” Oakeshott returns once more to the issue of specialization, this time in a less polemical, more thoughtful manner. Though he believes that Moberly has exaggerated the problem, he nevertheless acknowledges that the disintegration of the world of…