Religion, Politics, and the Moral Life

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'The religious man will inherit nothing he cannot possess by actual insight... in place of an ideal of steady acquisition for some ulterior end in which, perhaps, he can never share, he will follow one which values it solely by its worth to present insight. And he will maintain a kind of candid detachment in the face of the very highest actual achievement.' -from 'Religion and the World'
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'The religious man will inherit nothing he cannot possess by actual insight... in place of an ideal of steady acquisition for some ulterior end in which, perhaps, he can never share, he will follow one which values it solely by its worth to present insight. And he will maintain a kind of candid detachment in the face of the very highest actual achievement.' -from 'Religion and the World'
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Cambridge Professor Oakeshott (1901-90) is known primarily as a political scientist, but his work consistently places the discussion of political theory and history in the context of moral thought. These two volumes, edited by those who knew and worked with him, provide an excellent introduction not only to his lucid and compelling political historiography but also to well-written philosophy: these essays are readable, discerning, and provocative. Each self-contained volume covers distinctly different intellectual issues. Religion, Politics and the Moral Life comprises previously unpublished (along with a few previously published and distributed among a very small circle) essays concerning the changing place of religion in Western history and social life, Oakeshott's theory of what entails a ``social'' being, and the differences between morality and religion. Morality and Politics in Modern Europe is a series of lectures delivered at Harvard in 1958. Here he traces the changes on the political (and theoretical) scene precipitated by the development from communal to individual sociality. Both volumes would enhance academic and most public library collections.-- Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley P.L., Cal.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780300056433
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1993
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Religion and the World 27
2 Religion and the Moral Life 39
3 Some Remarks on the Nature and Meaning of Sociality 46
4 The Importance of the Historical Element in Christianity 63
5 The Authority of the State 74
6 The Claims of Politics 91
7 Scientific Politics 97
8 The Customer is Never Wrong 111
9 The Concept of a Philosophy of Politics 119
10 Political Philosophy 138
Select Bibliography 156
Editor's Acknowledgements 159
Index 160
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