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  • THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY 2014 ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM

    April 22, 2014, No Comments

    The Eric Voegelin Society is a Related Group of the American Political Science Association. Its Annual Meeting will run concurrently with that of the APSA on August 28-31, Washington, DC.   PANEL 1: SPIRITUALITY AND POLITICS Chair: Macon Boczek, Kent State University, maconboczek@aol.com   Learning to Kneel:…

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  • The Eternal Recurrence of the Same (Review)

    April 17, 2014, No Comments

    Tom Darby, Disorderly Notions. Toronto: Iguana Books, 2012. 398 pp. Paperback $30.99.   Sometimes political theorists turn their attention from reading and writing about arcane philosophical texts to reading and writing about literature, or even film. Shakespeare, Dickens, and Dostoevsky are some of the usual literary suspects;…

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  • “It’s Not Yours To Do With What You Like!” A Critical Reading of George Saunders’ Jon

    April 12, 2014, No Comments

    “Technology will in the near and in the farther future increasingly turn from problems of intensity, substance, and energy, to problems of structure, organization, information, and control.” John von Neumann (1949)   The American short-story writer, George Saunders, has been riding a crest of critical and popular…

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  • The Parsons–Voegelin Correspondence: Notes on an Unexpected and Instructive Intellectual Encounter

    April 7, 2014, No Comments

    On January 20, 1940, Eric Voegelin wrote a letter to Talcott Parsons, thus opening an unexpected but highly instructive dialogue between two of the twentieth century’s most penetrating social thinkers. Their twenty-five extant letters were preceded by earlier personal contacts and numerous extended face-to-face conversations, which began…

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  • Contemporary Conservatism and the Forgetfulness of the Past (Review)

    March 30, 2014, No Comments

    Yuval Levin, The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left (New York: Basic Books, 2014). 275pp. $27.99 Hardcover.             More and more abound reminders of how much contemporary conservatism is built on forgetfulness of the past.  Last December saw National Review…

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  • The History of Love (Review)

    March 26, 2014, No Comments

    Wayne Cristaudo. A Philosophical History of Love.  New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers 2012. 160 pp. $39.95 Hardcover. Tina Turner once asked us, “What’s love got to do with it?”  Wayne Cristaudo’s A Philosophical History of Love provides the best answer to that question that this reviewer has ever…

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  • It’s the First Principles, Stupid

    March 23, 2014, No Comments

    In what we have written here over the months about G.K. Chesterton, we have gone on and on about Chesterton the essayist and about Chesterton the newspaper man, and Chesterton the apologist, and it does seem to us that this is the valuable core-wood… But to the world,…

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  • Looking East (Review)

    March 23, 2014, No Comments

    Sibley, Robert C.   The Way of the 88 Temples:  Journeys on the Shikoku Pilgrimage.  Charlottesville:  University of Virginia Press, 2013. 191 pp. $23.95 Cloth. Among the most charming aspects of Japanese culture are the many dimensions brought to it by a rich and diverse Buddhist tradition. And…

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The Eric Voegelin Society is a Related Group of the American Political Science Association. Its Annual Meeting will run concurrently with that of the APSA on August 28-31, Washington, DC.
 
PANEL 1: SPIRITUALITY AND POLITICS
Chair: Macon Boczek, Kent State University, maconboczek@aol.com
 
Learning to Kneel: Etty Hillesum and Simone Weil as Examples of Openness to Reality
Amanda Achtman, University of Calgary, amanda.achtman@gmail.com
Eric Voegelin and…

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Tom Darby, Disorderly Notions. Toronto: Iguana Books, 2012. 398 pp. Paperback $30.99.
 
Sometimes political theorists turn their attention from reading and writing about arcane philosophical texts to reading and writing about literature, or even film. Shakespeare, Dickens, and Dostoevsky are some of the usual literary suspects; Charlie Chaplin, Woody Allen, and the Coen brothers are often explored for their theoretical relevance…

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“Technology will in the near and in the farther future increasingly turn from problems of intensity, substance, and energy, to problems of structure, organization, information, and control.”
John von Neumann (1949)
 
The American short-story writer, George Saunders, has been riding a crest of critical and popular acclaim for two decades now.[1] And deservedly so. His skill at capturing the contemporary zeitgeist in…

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On January 20, 1940, Eric Voegelin wrote a letter to Talcott Parsons, thus opening an unexpected but highly instructive dialogue between two of the twentieth century’s most penetrating social thinkers.[1] Their twenty-five extant letters were preceded by earlier personal contacts and numerous extended face-to-face conversations, which began during the autumn of 1938, when Voegelin (who had just fled Austria in…

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Yuval Levin, The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left (New York: Basic Books, 2014). 275pp. $27.99 Hardcover.

            More and more abound reminders of how much contemporary conservatism is built on forgetfulness of the past.  Last December saw National Review memorialize Nelson Mandela as a world leader of “unmatched moral authority,” though 1986…

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Wayne Cristaudo. A Philosophical History of Love.  New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers 2012. 160 pp. $39.95 Hardcover.
Tina Turner once asked us, “What’s love got to do with it?”  Wayne Cristaudo’s A Philosophical History of Love provides the best answer to that question that this reviewer has ever rear or heard.  This thoughtful, thought-provoking, and scholarly work challenges us to take the…

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Sibley, Robert C.   The Way of the 88 Temples:  Journeys on the Shikoku Pilgrimage.  Charlottesville:  University of Virginia Press, 2013. 191 pp. $23.95 Cloth.
Among the most charming aspects of Japanese culture are the many dimensions brought to it by a rich and diverse Buddhist tradition. And among the most impressive manifestations of that tradition are the hundreds of temples found…

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Introduction
Hans Jonas (1903-1993) was one of the foremost thinkers of the twentieth century. In three major books: The Phenomenon of Life: Toward a Philosophical Biology; The Imperative of Responsibility: In Search of an Ethics for the Technological Age; and Mortality and Morality: In Search for the Good after Auschwitz, he discussed questions of biology, technology, philosophy, and theology. In 2008,…

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Revolutions: Finished and Unfinished, from Primal to Final. Eds.  Paul Caringella, Wayne Critaudo, Glenn Hughes. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012. Hardcover. $79.00.
Revolution is a term that has found an enduring place within the lexicon of Western civilization over the past century. It would not be much of a stretch to characterize the 20th century as one of revolutionary fervor; and…

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...the changes of this modern climate ever since the seventeenth century have become the subject of Basil Willey’s perceptive and extensive Background studies, beginning in 1934.

Eric Voegelin,  “On Classical Studies”


Who was Basil Willey, what were his Background studies, how good were they, and how, beyond pietas ad mortuos, can we profit by them?
Basil Willey was born in London in…

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