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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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  • Something You Bought Things From

    June 29, 2015

    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…

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  • Peter Losonczi: In Memoriam

    June 25, 2015

    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…

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  • Gerhart Niemeyer: Scholar, Teacher, Political Commentator, and Christian Disciple (Review)

    June 23, 2015

    Gerhart Niemeyer, The Loss and Recovery of Truth: Selected Writings. Edited by Michael Henry. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2013. 696 + xxii pp. Hardcover $60.00.   It concentrates the mind in a Johnsonian sense for those of us who knew him to reflect that nearly…

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  • A Dose of Realism for Conservative Politics

    June 10, 2015

    From the Ivory Tower is a new series of essays at Voegelinview devoted to contemporary political and cultural questions. Our aim is to provide readers with forum in which our contributors examine the issues of the day in an intellectually robust way. It is an attempt to…

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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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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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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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Gerhart Niemeyer, The Loss and Recovery of Truth: Selected Writings. Edited by Michael Henry. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2013. 696 + xxii pp. Hardcover $60.00.
 
It concentrates the mind in a Johnsonian sense for those of us who knew him to reflect that nearly two decades have passed since the passing of Gerhart Niemeyer in 1997 at the age…

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This paper was originally presented at “Order and Liberty: A Conference in Honor of Ellis Sandoz” on May 2, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
 
The foundation for a Voegelinian understanding of 21st-century jihadism has been laid by Michael Franz and Barry Cooper, Franz’s work in relation to modern ideology in general, and Cooper’s in relation to ideologically-motivated modern terrorism, and modern jihadism…

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Since the Internet developed, and people with more anger than noesis no longer needed a stamp, a sheet of paper, and the address of the local newspaper, the world has been awash with “discussion groups” and “comments sections.” The level of venom on these groups would appal Dean Swift.
 
Disputants use various techniques. Obscene abuse is a big favourite. So is…

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