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  • The Past, Present, and Future of Political Life in the West (Review)

    October 19, 2014, No Comments

    Review of Pierre Manent, The Metamorpheses of the City: On the Western Dynamic, trans. Marc LePain (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013), vi + 376 pp. Hardcover, $39.95.   One of the most intriguing ways that the crisis in the Middle East has captured the attention of the…

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  • The Political Meaning of Common Sense (Review)

    October 11, 2014, No Comments

    Review of Sophia Rosenfeld, Common Sense: A Political History (Harvard University Press, 2011), 368 pp. Hardcover, $29.95.   Sophia Rosenfeld’s Common Sense aims to show the crucial but heretofore little noticed role of appeals to “the people’s common sense” in the development of modern democracy and democratic…

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  • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn as Writer, Philosopher, and Political Thinker (Review)

    October 6, 2014, No Comments

    Daniel J. Mahoney’s The Other Solzhenitsyn is a much needed reappraisal of the Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s place as a writer, philosopher, and political thinker in the English-speaking world where he is caricatured as a Russian nationalist, religious zealot, and political authoritarian. In nine chapters, Mahoney portrays a different…

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  • The Antinomies of Dostoevsky’s Political Thought (Review)

    September 29, 2014, No Comments

    Richard Avramenko and Lee Trepanier (eds.), Dostoevsky’s Political Thought (Plymouth: Lexington Books, 2013), 260 pp. Hardcover, $64.28 US. Alain Besançon, Sainte Russie (Paris: Editions de Fallois, 2012), 160 pp. Paperback, €16.15.   Dostoevsky’s Political Thought is a collection of essays on the ideas inspired by, arguably, the greatest…

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  • Leo Strauss as Cold War Liberal (Review)

    September 21, 2014, No Comments

    Grant N. Havers. Leo Strauss and Anglo-American Democracy. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2013. 245 pp. Cloth, $37.00.   The work of German expatriate political philosopher Leo Strauss has in the past two decades gained increasing scholarly attention, the bulk of it from those favorably disposed.…

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  • Dusty Old Books

    August 28, 2014, No Comments

    Above the staff computers in the fourth floor workroom, which is on the 1st floor and has been for months and months – the library has contractors – are two shelves of old and rather drab books.   We often find ourselves reaching up for some of these…

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  • A Catholic Strauss: A Reply to James Stoner's "The Catholic Moment in the Political Philosophy of Leo Strauss"

    August 25, 2014, No Comments

    It feels a little strange to raise the question of Leo Strauss’s relationship to Catholicism when his relationship to Judaism has scarcely been clarified. If we could sort out the latter then perhaps the former would fall into place. Instead we are left only with questions and…

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  • Toward the Unity of the Self-Conscious Subject (Review)

    August 12, 2014, No Comments

    Roger Scruton, The Soul of the World (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press), 2014. 216 pp. Hardcover, US$27.95.   These Stanton Lectures at the Divinity Faculty of the University of Cambridge in 2011 are very much a companion series to Scruton’s Gifford Lectures of 2010, The Face of…

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Review of Pierre Manent, The Metamorpheses of the City: On the Western Dynamic, trans. Marc LePain (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013), vi + 376 pp. Hardcover, $39.95.
 
One of the most intriguing ways that the crisis in the Middle East has captured the attention of the West in recent years is that regional war, ethnic and sectarian strife, and governmental collapse…

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Review of Sophia Rosenfeld, Common Sense: A Political History (Harvard University Press, 2011), 368 pp. Hardcover, $29.95.
 
Sophia Rosenfeld’s Common Sense aims to show the crucial but heretofore little noticed role of appeals to “the people’s common sense” in the development of modern democracy and democratic populism.  The evolution from monarchism or from mixed government of the British type to modern…

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Daniel J. Mahoney’s The Other Solzhenitsyn is a much needed reappraisal of the Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s place as a writer, philosopher, and political thinker in the English-speaking world where he is caricatured as a Russian nationalist, religious zealot, and political authoritarian. In nine chapters, Mahoney portrays a different Solzhenitsyn than perceived in the West as someone who is a thoughtful patriot,…

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Richard Avramenko and Lee Trepanier (eds.), Dostoevsky's Political Thought (Plymouth: Lexington Books, 2013), 260 pp. Hardcover, $64.28 US.
Alain Besançon, Sainte Russie (Paris: Editions de Fallois, 2012), 160 pp. Paperback, €16.15.
 
Dostoevsky’s Political Thought is a collection of essays on the ideas inspired by, arguably, the greatest political minds among the nineteenth-century novelists. The volume is especially successful in depicting Dostoevsky’s criticism of…

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Grant N. Havers. Leo Strauss and Anglo-American Democracy. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2013. 245 pp. Cloth, $37.00.
 
The work of German expatriate political philosopher Leo Strauss has in the past two decades gained increasing scholarly attention, the bulk of it from those favorably disposed. The cultural and political prominence of a few of Strauss’s students and associates has attracted…

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Above the staff computers in the fourth floor workroom, which is on the 1st floor and has been for months and months – the library has contractors – are two shelves of old and rather drab books.
 
We often find ourselves reaching up for some of these and taking one down to examine. To say why is not easy.
 
What we have is…

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It feels a little strange to raise the question of Leo Strauss’s relationship to Catholicism when his relationship to Judaism has scarcely been clarified. If we could sort out the latter then perhaps the former would fall into place. Instead we are left only with questions and it is into this fog of uncertainty that Jim Stoner has cast a…

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Roger Scruton, The Soul of the World (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press), 2014. 216 pp. Hardcover, US$27.95.
 
These Stanton Lectures at the Divinity Faculty of the University of Cambridge in 2011 are very much a companion series to Scruton’s Gifford Lectures of 2010, The Face of God (London: Continuum, 2012). Both books explore the themes of the Other, God, the natural…

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August 1, 2014
http://www.ericvoegelin.org/
Eric Voegelin Society, Inc., P. O. Box 82130, Baton Rouge, LA   70884      
 
Professor Ellis Sandoz, President-Secretary
E-mail: esandoz@lsu.edu
AC 225 229-8902; FAX 225 578-4766
 
 
The 30th annual meeting of EVS will take place in Washington, DC, August 28-31, 2014. Our panels will be scattered over the three hotels (Omni Shoreham, Marriott Wardman, and Washington Hilton). You may consult VoegelinView.com…

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