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  • Virtual Reality on the Loose

    September 28, 2016

    This review was originally printed in VoegelinView on May 28, 2012. It is reprinted here. Spirits in the Material World: The Challenge of Technology. Gilbert G. Germain. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009. Copyright © 2012 Ronald D. Srigley.   With the publication of Spirits in the Material World: The…

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  • Voegelin Among the Machines: Teilhard de Chardin, Olaf Stapledon and the Millenarian Kernel of Transhumanism

    September 26, 2016

    Mr. Ratcliffe has given us permission to reprint his paper. Copyright © 2016 Jonathan Ratcliffe.   This article is the first step towards a Voegelinian study of the history of the relationship between millenarianism and technology. In it I concentrate upon “transhumanism,” a coagulation of opinions united…

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  • Auguste Comte’s Scientistic Politics (Part II)

    September 23, 2016

    Maladies of Modernity: Scientism and the Deformation of Political Order. David Whitney. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine Press, 2015. Dr. Whitney and his publisher has given us permission to reprint his chapter. This is the second of two parts. Part one can be accessed here. Copyright ©…

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  • Auguste Comte’s Scientistic Politics (Part I)

    September 21, 2016

    Maladies of Modernity: Scientism and the Deformation of Political Order. David Whitney. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine Press, 2015.   Dr. Whitney and his publisher has given us permission to reprint his chapter. This is the first of two parts. Copyright © 2016 St. Augustine Press.  …

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  • Zealots of Science

    September 19, 2016

    Maladies of Modernity: Scientism and the Deformation of Political Order. David Whitney. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine Press, 2015. Copyright © 2016 Scott Robinson.   David Whitney’s excellent critique of what he calls scientism, a dogmatic application of the methods of natural science to social science, provides…

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  • The Alcibiades of Our Time

    September 16, 2016

    Dr. Trepanier has given us permission to reprint his essay. Copyright © 2016 Lee Trepanier.   We now have two presidential candidates each appealing to their bases with head-fakes to an ever-diminishing center. Donald Trump has tapped into the political, economic, and cultural discontent of the white…

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  • Wisdom’s Workshop: The Rise of the Modern University

    September 14, 2016

    Wisdom’s Workshop: The Rise of the Modern University. James Axtell. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016. Copyright © 2016 R. J. Snell.   Despite their humble origins, U.S. universities dominate the global rankings of elite research institutions, holding a majority of the top 50 spots—how did this come to be?…

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  • Making Sense of Our Dysfunctional Colleges

    September 12, 2016

    American Heresies and Higher Education. Peter Augustine Lawler. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2016. Copyright © 2016 Luigi Bradizza.   American higher education is in a crisis of long duration, and there is no end in sight. Liberal education is under assault by advocates of political correctness,…

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Ronald Srigley

This review was originally printed in VoegelinView on May 28, 2012. It is reprinted here.
Spirits in the Material World: The Challenge of Technology. Gilbert G. Germain. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009. Copyright © 2012 Ronald D. Srigley.
 
With the publication of Spirits in the Material World: The Challenge of Technology, Gil Germain returns to the problem of disenchantment he first explored in A…

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Jonathan Ratcliffe

Mr. Ratcliffe has given us permission to reprint his paper. Copyright © 2016 Jonathan Ratcliffe.
 
This article is the first step towards a Voegelinian study of the history of the relationship between millenarianism and technology. In it I concentrate upon “transhumanism,” a coagulation of opinions united by a shared belief that man’s nature is inherently revolting, flawed and imminently about to…

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David Whitney

Maladies of Modernity: Scientism and the Deformation of Political Order. David Whitney. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine Press, 2015.
Dr. Whitney and his publisher has given us permission to reprint his chapter. This is the second of two parts. Part one can be accessed here. Copyright © 2016 St. Augustine Press.
 
Religion of Humanity
What ultimately separates Comte from his predecessors is not…

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David Whitney

Maladies of Modernity: Scientism and the Deformation of Political Order. David Whitney. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine Press, 2015.
 
Dr. Whitney and his publisher has given us permission to reprint his chapter. This is the first of two parts. Copyright © 2016 St. Augustine Press.

 
“In the name of the past and the future, the theoretical servants and the practical servants of…

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Scott Robinson

Maladies of Modernity: Scientism and the Deformation of Political Order. David Whitney. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine Press, 2015. Copyright © 2016 Scott Robinson.
 
David Whitney’s excellent critique of what he calls scientism, a dogmatic application of the methods of natural science to social science, provides a high-brow diagnosis of the modern maladies that result from the “rhetorical power of science.”…

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Lee Trepanier

Dr. Trepanier has given us permission to reprint his essay. Copyright © 2016 Lee Trepanier.
 
We now have two presidential candidates each appealing to their bases with head-fakes to an ever-diminishing center. Donald Trump has tapped into the political, economic, and cultural discontent of the white working class who are tired of the condescension and contempt of our elites, while Hillary…

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R.J. Snell

Wisdom’s Workshop: The Rise of the Modern University. James Axtell. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016. Copyright © 2016 R. J. Snell.

 
Despite their humble origins, U.S. universities dominate the global rankings of elite research institutions, holding a majority of the top 50 spots—how did this come to be? In his new book, Wisdom’s Workshop: The Rise of the Modern University, James Axtell assigns…

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Luigi Bradizza

American Heresies and Higher Education. Peter Augustine Lawler. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine's Press, 2016. Copyright © 2016 Luigi Bradizza.
 
American higher education is in a crisis of long duration, and there is no end in sight. Liberal education is under assault by advocates of political correctness, with the aim of silencing rational discussion, particularly on topics related to approved victim groups.…

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Lee Trepanier

Dr. Trepanier has given us permission to reprint his essay. Copyright © 2016 Lee Trepanier.
 
What explains Donald Trump’s appeal, especially among the white working class? The various theories that have been offered – being economically left behind in a globalized, knowledge-based economy; fear of the changing racial and ethnic demographics of this country; contempt for the political paralysis that characterizes…

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Tom D'Evelyn

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) is considered one of the greatest American poets, perhaps a third after Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman.  He had something of both: a sharp metaphysical wit and a broad generous embrace of the spectacle of humanity. The former is more often noticed than the latter, however; Stevens, especially in his later, longer poems, can be difficult, if…

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