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The Human Voyage of Self-Discovery: Essays in Honour of Brendan Purcell. Eds. Brendan Leahy and David Walsh. Dublin: Veritas Publications, 2013, 326 pages. Paperback, €19.00
 
In his contribution to this volume, Barry Cooper quotes Brendan Purcell’s observation that human beings have always been “‘burdened with the task of wresting the order of their existence from ever-threatening disorder.’” Our time is no…

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Klaus Vondung, The Apocalypse in Germany, trans. Stephen D. Ricks, (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2000), 437 pages. Hardcover, $39.95.
 
Concept of Apocalypse
 
Apocalyptic thought is not restricted to the realm of religion but is a more general phenomenon: it is concerned with fear of, or hope for, a definite catastrophe or the end of the world. The expected catastrophe, however, is…

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§ Global Justice and the Age of Technology
 
Dallmayr largely avoids direct reference to technology in his article. He mentions technology explicitly only in the context of his overview of Gadamer’s account of technology. This account is Heideggerian to the extent Gadamer aligns science and technology with, in Dallmayr’s words, “the prediction and control of events” and, therefore, also “the construction,…

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Introduction
 
The prospect of universal justice is alluring. Right-minded persons would agree that a world whose entire population were treated fairly and equitably would constitute a vast improvement over the current global situation, with its egregious injustices and disparities.1 And global justice just may be an idea whose time has come, given that technological innovations on numerous fronts have integrated the…

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Brendan Purcell, From Big Bang to Big Mystery: Human Origins in the Light of Creation and Evolution (New York: New City Press, 2012). 365 pp., Paperback, $34.95.
 
 
This excellent book repays individual study but in my experience it is also an ideal volume for bringing order to group discussions in seminars. It provides a solid basis for philosophical inquiry into questions…

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This exchange has been assembled from an email correspondence between Zdravko Planinc and James Rhodes that occurred in August and October 2007, and which both men have graciously agreed to allow VoegelinView to publish. While the order of the correspondence has been maintained, the layout has been altered for clarity and simplicity. The content of the text has been left…

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This exchange has been assembled from an email correspondence between Zdravko Planinc and James Rhodes that occurred in August and October 2007, and which both men have graciously agreed to allow VoegelinView to publish. While the order of the correspondence has been maintained, the layout has been altered for clarity and simplicity. The content of the text has been left…

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Agnes Horvath, Modernism and Charisma. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 187 pp., Hardcover $50.00.
 
This book appears in the “Modernism and …” series, edited by Roger Griffin, which aims to find trans-disciplinary approaches to modernity, going beyond conventional conceptual frameworks. Griffin, whose seminal work Modernism and Fascism set the model for the series, writes in his editorial preface that modernism “is not…

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My initial inspiration to read Eric Voegelin came after I finished my PhD candidacy exam in political theory in the fall of 2013.  It was born from a potent mixture of intellectual ennui, exhaustion, and excitement.  While reading the “canon” of political theory from Plato to John Rawls for a written and oral general exam, you tend to suppress…

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