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  • Eric Voegelin's Contribution to American Political Science

    May 18, 2015, Comments Off on Eric Voegelin’s Contribution to American Political Science

    This essay was presented at the “Order and Liberty: A Conference in Honors of Ellis Sandoz” on May 1-2, 2015 at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. It was part of the panel, “Voegelin in the 21st Century.”   At first glance, Eric Voegelin’s contribution to the…

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  • If I Didn’t Laugh I’d Cry: An Essay on Happiness, Productivity, and the Death of Humanities Education

    May 7, 2015, Comments Off on If I Didn’t Laugh I’d Cry: An Essay on Happiness, Productivity, and the Death of Humanities Education

    This article appeared originally in Education Canada. Editor’s note.   I am not happy these days. I teach in the humanities at a Canadian University. And – unlike my more Protestant-minded, less eudemonistical colleagues – I think persistent, intractable unhappiness is a clear sign that something is…

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  • Order and Liberty: A Conference in Honor of Ellis Sandoz

    May 1, 2015, Comments Off on Order and Liberty: A Conference in Honor of Ellis Sandoz

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  • Need To Know!

    April 30, 2015, Comments Off on Need To Know!

    It is a piece of conventional wisdom that what we see all the time we do not see at all, and that the very assumption that is accepted by everyone is the assumption that is neither questioned, nor remarked upon, or noticed.   The urge to know…

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  • Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism (Review)

    April 22, 2015, Comments Off on Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism (Review)

    Albert Camus, Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism. Translated, with Introduction and New Preface by Ron Srigley and with Epilogue by Rémi Brague. South Bend: St. Augustine Press, 2015. 155 pp. Hardcover, $27.00.   Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism is an important contribution to the study of Camus as well…

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  • The American Transhumanist and the Postmodern Conservative (Review)

    April 19, 2015, Comments Off on The American Transhumanist and the Postmodern Conservative (Review)

    Peter Augustine Lawler, Allergic to Crazy: Quick Thoughts on Politics, Education, and Culture, Rightly Understood (South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2014), 401 pp. $27.00   Peter Lawler’s Allergic to Crazy is an urbane and insightful commentary about American popular culture, politics, religion, education, and technology. The…

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  • Michael D. O’Brien and the War between Good and Evil in an Incarnational Universe (Review)

    April 12, 2015, Comments Off on Michael D. O’Brien and the War between Good and Evil in an Incarnational Universe (Review)

    Michael D. O’Brien. Strangers and Sojourners. Ignatius Press, 1997. 573 pp. $19.95; Plague Journal. Ignatius Press, 1999. 275 pp. $14.95; Eclipse of the Sun. Ignatius Press, 1998. 857 pp. $21.95.   One way to introduce Michael D. O’Brien is with a scene in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New…

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  • 31st International Meeting of The Eric Voegelin Society, San Francisco 2015

    April 9, 2015, Comments Off on 31st International Meeting of The Eric Voegelin Society, San Francisco 2015

    David Walsh, Meeting Director, walshd@cua.edu     31st International Meeting of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY, 2015 American Political Science Association Meeting, September 3-6 San Francisco, CA     Panel 1, Geopolitics and Prudence Chair: Greg Russell   Geopolitics And Prudence: Realism In A Twenty-First Century World Greg…

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This essay was presented at the “Order and Liberty: A Conference in Honors of Ellis Sandoz” on May 1-2, 2015 at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. It was part of the panel, “Voegelin in the 21st Century.”
 
At first glance, Eric Voegelin’s contribution to the discipline of Political Science appears negligible when compared to other European émigré scholars of the…

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This article appeared originally in Education Canada. Editor's note.
 
I am not happy these days. I teach in the humanities at a Canadian University. And – unlike my more Protestant-minded, less eudemonistical colleagues – I think persistent, intractable unhappiness is a clear sign that something is wrong. The following remarks are therefore a hybrid of personal therapy and scholarly analysis. My…

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It is a piece of conventional wisdom that what we see all the time we do not see at all, and that the very assumption that is accepted by everyone is the assumption that is neither questioned, nor remarked upon, or noticed.
 
The urge to know is so universal among human beings and so continually operative that it is difficult to…

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Albert Camus, Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism. Translated, with Introduction and New Preface by Ron Srigley and with Epilogue by Rémi Brague. South Bend: St. Augustine Press, 2015. 155 pp. Hardcover, $27.00.
 
Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism is an important contribution to the study of Camus as well as to the disciplines of religion, philosophy, literature, and political theory. In addition to offering…

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Peter Augustine Lawler, Allergic to Crazy: Quick Thoughts on Politics, Education, and Culture, Rightly Understood (South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2014), 401 pp. $27.00
 
Peter Lawler’s Allergic to Crazy is an urbane and insightful commentary about American popular culture, politics, religion, education, and technology. The title of the book is itself taken from a song by Nashville songwriter Don Schlitz…

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Michael D. O’Brien. Strangers and Sojourners. Ignatius Press, 1997. 573 pp. $19.95; Plague Journal. Ignatius Press, 1999. 275 pp. $14.95; Eclipse of the Sun. Ignatius Press, 1998. 857 pp. $21.95.
 
One way to introduce Michael D. O’Brien is with a scene in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. High on soma one clear moonless night, Henry and Lenina remain “happily ignorant” of…

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David Walsh, Meeting Director, walshd@cua.edu
 
 
31st International Meeting of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY, 2015
American Political Science Association Meeting, September 3-6
San Francisco, CA
 
 
Panel 1, Geopolitics and Prudence
Chair: Greg Russell
 
Geopolitics And Prudence: Realism In A Twenty-First Century World
Greg Russell, University of Oklahoma, grussell@ou.edu
 
The Formation Of Prudence Within The City
Stephen Sims, Baylor University, stephen_sims@baylor.edu
 
Prudence, National Interest and Counter-Terrorism
Eric Fleury, College of the Holy Cross,…

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A large reference library such as the central library here in Toronto has open shelves, accessible to the public, but the bulk of its collection (a big bulk too) is in closed stacks, the storage area. Only the librarians go there, and the pages who fetch items for which someone has filled out a stack slip.
 
The stacks are the deep…

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Review of Michael D. O’Brien, Theophilos (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2010), 445pp. Paperback, $17.95; Island of the World (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2010), 839 pp. Paperback, $24.95; Voyage to Alpha Centauri (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2013), 700pp. Hardcover, $29.95
 
Wisdom Through Suffering
In the first two parts of this three-part review essay I discussed novels by Michael O’Brien that, despite their differences,…

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