VoegelinView is dedicated to the renewal of classical political thought as exemplified in its modern day form by the writings of Eric Voegelin. It provides an online place where people can learn about the thought of Voegelin and those upon whom he relied, starting with Plato, Aristotle, and the Bible and then moving to Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Vico, Bodin and finally to a diverse range of modern thinkers such as Max Weber, Henri Bergson, and Hans Urs von Balthasar. Diverse modern thinkers are presented from time to time, including Husserl, Heidegger, Camus, Gadamer and Lonergan.
VoegelinView is run by an association of volunteers who are students of Voegelin’s thought. Some of them studied directly with him or with his students. We encourage potential contributors to submit their writings on any subject, so long as it is informed by Voegelinian (i.e., classical) realism and free of ideology or cant. No subject is prohibited, as such. Humor is always welcome.
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VoegelinView will try to help its readers think realistically in a world that systematically marginalizes the life of the spirit and conceals man’s true nature and the truth about what Voegelin called the quaternine structure of reality: God, society, the world, and history. Viewing politics in this classical sense, we hope to participate in a renewal Voegelin named “The New Science of Politics.”
This is the epigraph that begins Order and History:
In consideratione creaturarum non est vana
et peritura curiositas exercenda; sed gradus
ad immortalia et semper manentia faciendus.
—St Augustine De vera religione
It will also be ours .–the editors
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“So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way; he shall die in his iniquity, but you will have saved your life.”
Quoted in Hitler and the Germans, CW 31, p 201.