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. In this essay I first discuss Oakeshott's view of religion and the mode of practice in his own terms. I attempt next to illuminate his idea of religion by describing it in less technical language, drawing upon other thinkers such as Georg Simmel and George Santayana, who share similar views. I then evaluate Oakeshott's view as a whole, considering whether his ideas about religion can stand up to careful scrutiny and whether they have value for present-day reflection on religion.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Honors College, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97122, Waco, TX 76798–7122;, Email: Elizabeth_Corey@baylor.edu.
Publication date: 2009-03-01