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  • The Perspective of Liminality

    August 21, 2015

    Bjørn Thomassen, Liminality and the Modern, Ashgate, 2014, 262 pp. Hardcover, $119.00.   This new book by the Danish scholar Bjørn Thomassen is organized around the term liminality, an anthropologically based idea that is increasingly used in the social, political and human sciences. Apart from introducing the…

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  • 31st International Meeting of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY, 2015

    August 17, 2015

    31st International Meeting of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY, 2015 American Political Science Association Meeting, September 3-6 San Francisco, CA     All of our meetings will take place in the Parc 55 Hotel, Cyril Magnin II. This year we have a total of ten panels. As you…

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  • The Place of the Humanities in the University Today

    August 13, 2015

    The decline of the humanities in American higher education – literature, history, philosophy, classical studies, linguistics, and foreign languages – is most recently evident in the drop in enrollments from 17.2% of degrees in 1967 to 6.5% in 2013. Further proof of this decline is the decreasing…

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  • Was Hayek a Gnostic?

    August 6, 2015

    University of Calgary political scientist Tom Flanagan’s treatment of Friedrich Hayek raises important questions regarding Hayek’s fundamental understanding of politics and history. On the one hand, Hayek’s defense of liberty is based upon a Burkean appreciation of tradition and historical change. “Spontaneous order” has its own rhythms…

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  • B. F. Skinner: Gnostic Pneumopath or Educator Extraordinaire?

    July 25, 2015

    He knew in advance what O’Brien would say. That the Party did not seek power for its own ends, but only for the good of the majority. That it sought power because men in the mass were frail cowardly creatures who could not endure liberty or face…

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  • What Is the Metaxy? Diotima and Voegelin

    July 16, 2015

    Jim Rhodes originally presented this paper in 2003 in Philadelphia at the Annual Meeting of the Eric Voegelin Society. We publish the text here in full with the permission of Jim’s wife, Annemarie. Zdravko Planinc edited the manuscript for publication. We are grateful to both Annemarie and…

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  • From Two Swords to Three: The Medieval Differentiation of Authority

    July 9, 2015

    James Greenaway, The Differentiation of Authority: The Medieval Turn Toward Existence. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2012. 320 pp. Cloth $69.95   James Greenaway’s book The Differentiation of Authority: The Medieval Turn Toward Existence is a tour de force study of the process of differentiation…

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  • Augusto Del Noce on the Societa Opulenta

    July 2, 2015

    Augusto Del Noce, The Crisis of Modernity, Edited and translated by Carlo Lancellotti, (Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2014). 366 pages. Cloth, $100.00.     An important book has been published. Let us use the occasion of this short review to justify this importance and to explain why…

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Bjørn Thomassen, Liminality and the Modern, Ashgate, 2014, 262 pp. Hardcover, $119.00.
 
This new book by the Danish scholar Bjørn Thomassen is organized around the term liminality, an anthropologically based idea that is increasingly used in the social, political and human sciences. Apart from introducing the term and its history, it offers studies on a number of key figures in the…

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31st International Meeting of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY, 2015
American Political Science Association Meeting, September 3-6
San Francisco, CA
 
 
All of our meetings will take place in the Parc 55 Hotel, Cyril Magnin II. This year we have a total of ten panels. As you know the allocations are based on the previous year’s attendance. It is thus very important that those who…

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Lee Trepanier

The decline of the humanities in American higher education – literature, history, philosophy, classical studies, linguistics, and foreign languages – is most recently evident in the drop in enrollments from 17.2% of degrees in 1967 to 6.5% in 2013.[1] Further proof of this decline is the decreasing number of academic positions available in these disciplines. For instance, in the 2013-14…

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John von Heyking

University of Calgary political scientist Tom Flanagan’s treatment of Friedrich Hayek raises important questions regarding Hayek’s fundamental understanding of politics and history. On the one hand, Hayek’s defense of liberty is based upon a Burkean appreciation of tradition and historical change. “Spontaneous order” has its own rhythms and causes that governmental “legislation” only harms when it intervenes. On the other…

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Jim Rhodes originally presented this paper in 2003 in Philadelphia at the Annual Meeting of the Eric Voegelin Society. We publish the text here in full with the permission of Jim’s wife, Annemarie. Zdravko Planinc edited the manuscript for publication. We are grateful to both Annemarie and Zdravko for making it possible to publish this important work.

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Gustavo Adolfo Santos

James Greenaway, The Differentiation of Authority: The Medieval Turn Toward Existence. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2012. 320 pp. Cloth $69.95
 
James Greenaway’s book The Differentiation of Authority: The Medieval Turn Toward Existence is a tour de force study of the process of differentiation of order during the Middle Ages, which resulted in the birth of modern Western civilization.…

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Augusto Del Noce, The Crisis of Modernity, Edited and translated by Carlo Lancellotti, (Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2014). 366 pages. Cloth, $100.00.
 
 
An important book has been published. Let us use the occasion of this short review to justify this importance and to explain why the book deserves to be widely read by philosophers and political and social theorists – and…

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Max Arnott

Une Grande Philosophie n’est pas celle qui prononce des jugements definitifs…c’est celle qui introduit un inquietude.
--Péguy.

A strong emotion is Nature’s way of suggesting that you think hard.
Among such emotions not the least is that particular emotion that occurs when we revisit places from our past, or review objects we haven’t looked at for a couple of decades. There is wonder…

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Peter Losonczi (1970-2015) was born in a Budapest under communist rule, to a Catholic mother and Jewish father. All of these identities were crucial to him and informed his mature political-theological thought and work. In his teens, he grew increasingly politically active in the anti-Communist agitation. Already in his late teens he discovered that he had a penchant for leading…

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