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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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  • THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY Newsletter XXIX

    August 4, 2014, No Comments

      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,…

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  • The Catholic Moment in the Political Philosophy of Leo Strauss

    July 29, 2014, No Comments

    When I first mentioned my plan to speak on the topic of this essay a few years back, I was greeted with guffaws, or at least the email equivalent. Ha, someone wrote, you Straussians: Now you’ll show the master to have been a Jesuit! Another was reminded…

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  • Exploring Personhood (Review)

    July 23, 2014, No Comments

    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…

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  • The Pleasures of Isaiah and Yea Even Also Thereto the Frustrations

    July 19, 2014, No Comments

    Can it be that by looking very hard at something, we sometimes miss what we are staring at?   The prophet Isaiah comes into the gospels and the Christian tradition in a large way, but ordinary familiarity usually comes in snippets – bits of Handel, partial recollection of Michelangelo’s…

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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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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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