RELIGION AND THE MODE OF PRACTICE IN MICHAEL OAKESHOTT

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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.

Keywords: British Idealism; Eric Voegelin; Georg Simmel; George Santayana; Michael Oakeshott; modality; practical mode; practice; religion

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9744.2009.00991.x

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: March 1, 2009

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