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  • The Ascendancy of Crown Government in the U.S. (Review)

    January 21, 2015, Comments Off

    Review of F.H. Buckley, The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America. New York: Encounter Books, 2014. Pp. xii, 398. $27.99.   A national book chain in Canada has as its (parochial and somewhat defensive) motto “The World Needs More Canada.” One hopes…

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  • The Intellectual Courage of Harold Innis (Review)

    January 18, 2015, Comments Off

    John Bonnett, Emergence and Empire: Innis, Complexity, and the Trajectory of History. Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2013. vii + 384 pp. $34.95   It is said that students at the University of Toronto’s Innis College still sing a mocking song on their pub-crawls, “Who the hell is…

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  • Political Symbols, Culture, and Civil Society

    January 14, 2015, Comments Off

    The Chapter “Political Symbols, Culture, and Civil Society” is from Lee Trepanier, Political Symbols in Russian History: Church, State and the Quest for Order and Justice (Maryland: Lexington Books, 2007). It appears on Voegelinview with the permission of the author and of Lexington Books.   The promise…

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  • Socrates Meets Kierkegaard (Review)

    January 9, 2015, Comments Off

    Review of Peter Kreeft, Socrates Meets Kierkegaard: The Father of Philosophy Meets the Father of Christian Existentialism (Indiana: St. Augustine’s Press, 2014), 157 pages. Paperback, $13.00.   In his essay on Hegel, Eric Voegelin wrote that “the practice of philosophy in the Socratic-Platonic sense is the equivalent…

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  • HEDONOSOPHIA

    December 21, 2014, Comments Off

    Sometimes, a suggestion from the crowd, though of little merit in itself, may stir those who are wiser to correction and emendation, and so initiate the subsequent creation of something really worth while.   One might imagine a scene from the Paleolithic:   Younger tribesman:  Say chaps,…

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  • Niemeyer’s America (Review)

    December 17, 2014, Comments Off

    Review of Gerhart Niemeyer, The Loss and Recovery of Truth, edited and introduced by Michael Henry (St. Augustine’s Press, 2013), 696 pp. Hardcover, $60.00.   Those who come to America’s shores, and truly adopt the country as their own, can often teach more that is valuable about…

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  • Morality and the Pursuit of Happiness: Understanding the Meaning and Relevance of Eudaimonism

    December 11, 2014, No Comments

    “Why Be Moral?” Among the many questions that contemporary moral philosophers have raised over the past few decades is the question: Why be Moral? Nearly all contemporary scholars that address the issue seem to understand that this question is anything but new, but a much smaller number…

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  • Love and Natural Law (Review)

    December 4, 2014, No Comments

    Review of R. J. Snell, The Perspective of Love: Natural Law in a New Mode (Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2014), 207 pages. Paperback, $24.00.   To borrow a line, R. J. Snell’s The Perspective of Love is not the book the natural law tradition deserves, but it is a…

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Review of F.H. Buckley, The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America. New York: Encounter Books, 2014. Pp. xii, 398. $27.99.
 
A national book chain in Canada has as its (parochial and somewhat defensive) motto “The World Needs More Canada.” One hopes they will be stocking many copies of Frank Buckley’s engaging and lively new book since…

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John Bonnett, Emergence and Empire: Innis, Complexity, and the Trajectory of History. Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2013. vii + 384 pp. $34.95
 
It is said that students at the University of Toronto’s Innis College still sing a mocking song on their pub-crawls, “Who the hell is Harold Innis?” Of course, they know perfectly well who Harold Adams Innis is, but the…

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The Chapter "Political Symbols, Culture, and Civil Society" is from Lee Trepanier, Political Symbols in Russian History: Church, State and the Quest for Order and Justice (Maryland: Lexington Books, 2007). It appears on Voegelinview with the permission of the author and of Lexington Books.
 
The promise of order and justice after the collapse of the Soviet Union has not been fulfilled…

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Review of Peter Kreeft, Socrates Meets Kierkegaard: The Father of Philosophy Meets the Father of Christian Existentialism (Indiana: St. Augustine's Press, 2014), 157 pages. Paperback, $13.00.
 
In his essay on Hegel, Eric Voegelin wrote that “the practice of philosophy in the Socratic-Platonic sense is the equivalent of the Christian sanctification of man; it is the growth of the image of God…

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Sometimes, a suggestion from the crowd, though of little merit in itself, may stir those who are wiser to correction and emendation, and so initiate the subsequent creation of something really worth while.
 
One might imagine a scene from the Paleolithic:
 
Younger tribesman:  Say chaps, I’ve got a smashing idea. Tonight, when we’re all sitting about, why don’t we sit around a…

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Review of Gerhart Niemeyer, The Loss and Recovery of Truth, edited and introduced by Michael Henry (St. Augustine’s Press, 2013), 696 pp. Hardcover, $60.00.
 
Those who come to America’s shores, and truly adopt the country as their own, can often teach more that is valuable about this society than those who have lived here all their lives. The perspective of one…

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“Why Be Moral?”
Among the many questions that contemporary moral philosophers have raised over the past few decades is the question: Why be Moral? Nearly all contemporary scholars that address the issue seem to understand that this question is anything but new, but a much smaller number of such scholars seem to understand the meaning or the importance of the question.…

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Review of R. J. Snell, The Perspective of Love: Natural Law in a New Mode (Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2014), 207 pages. Paperback, $24.00.
 
To borrow a line, R. J. Snell’s The Perspective of Love is not the book the natural law tradition deserves, but it is a book the natural law tradition needs. What the tradition deserves is another tome on Aquinas,…

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Any largish institution, any home in fact, will find itself with odd accumulations of...stuff: old shipping documents, tax reports, Christmas decorations from the Mesolithic.  This happens a lot to public libraries.
 
Down in our workroom is a small metal truck, the kind used to transport files between offices, full, over full, of old phonograph records, mostly LP’s. The discs are spoken…

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In 1968, Eric Voegelin’s The New Science of Politics was published in Italian by Borla, translated by Renato Pavetto, and with an introduction authored by Catholic philosopher Augusto Del Noce (1910-1989) titled ‘Eric Voegelin e la critica dell’idea di modernità’ [‘Eric Voegelin and the Critique of the Idea of Modernity’].[1] The aim of The New Science of Politics, Del Noce…

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