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  • The Violent Bear It Away: A Novel of Divine Presence

    April 25, 2018

    The flux has the structure of a divine-human encounter; every phase is an event of man’s responding, or refusing to respond, to the presence of the divine ordering appeal. The consciousness of divine presence as the formative appeal endows every such event with the indelible character…

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  • Mad Men: The Death and Redemption of American Democracy

    April 24, 2018

    In the first season of AMC’s Mad Men, advertising executive Don Draper gives a presentation to some prospective clients from Kodak. The clients are looking for a way to market a new rotary slide projector. Don upsets and exceeds their expectations when, instead of focusing on the “exciting technology”…

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  • Review of Mad Men: The Death and Redemption of American Democracy

    April 23, 2018

    Mad Men: The Death and Redemption of American Democracy. Sara MacDonald and Andrew Moore. Lexington Books, 2016.   It’s been a decade since Mad Men premiered on television, with its alluring and disturbing portrait of America in the 1960s.  This prestige drama and its mysterious protagonist, Don Draper, captured…

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  • Justice as Friendship: A Theory of Law

    April 22, 2018

    Justice as Friendship: A Theory of Law. Seow Hon Tan. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2015.   The field of study delineated by the theory of law is among the most relevant of philosophic disciplines given the proliferation of both legislative judicial review and quasi-judicial administrative tribunals, but is…

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  • Sojourns in the Western Twilight: Essays in Honor of Tom Darby

    April 21, 2018

    Sojourns in the Western Twilight: Essays in Honor of Tom Darby. Robert C. Sibley and Janice Freamo, eds.  Eastern Townships, Québec: Fermentation Press, 2016.   Sojourns in the Western Twilight: Essays in Honor of Tom Darby is, as co-editors Robert C. Sibley and Janice Freamo state in the Introduction,…

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  • Thinking About the Politics of Multiculturalism

    April 20, 2018

    Citizen and Multiculturalism in Western Liberal Democracies. David Edward Tabachnick and Leah Bradshaw, eds.,  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017.   Multiculturalism is among the ambivalences of our time. The word refers to the fact of ethnic, linguistic, and religious diversity in political communities. In this sense, it is a…

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  • Fate and Freedom in the Novels of David Adams Richards

    April 19, 2018

    Fate and Freedom in the Novels of David Adams Richards. Sara MacDonald and Barry Craig.  Lexington Books, 2017.   David Adams Richards is a Canadian novelist and member of the Canadian Senate (nominated by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and appointed in 2017).  Born in 1950 in Newcastle, New Brunswick,…

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  • Rediscovering the Center: A Meditation

    April 18, 2018

    I finished my last article in this very VoegelinView claiming that only with a conscious acceptance and participation in the real, mankind (especially the Western part of it), could return to a state of spiritual healthy. With the wisdom of hindsight, I now wish to continue that enquiry. The…

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  • Browning's Monstrous Duke: The Metaxy, Quantum Mechanics and the Process to Destruction of the Phaulos in My Last Duchess

    April 17, 2018

    In his poem My Last Duchess, first published in 1842, Robert Browning creates one of the rarest types of character in literature: the phaulos. Understood in the sense of being the opposite of the spoudaios described by Aristotle, who is the person perceived as a moral exemplar, the phaulos…

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  • The Second Realities of Madame Bovary

    April 16, 2018

    The extraordinary pearl of the tortured genius of Gustave Flaubert—the novel, Madame Bovary—exemplifies the kind of captivating puzzle that attracts attention well beyond the world of literary criticism.  In the early twentieth century, for example, it inspired Jules de Gaultier’s philosophy of “Bovarysm,” a psychological complex distilled from the…

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Flannery O'Connor


The flux [of divine presence] has the structure of a divine-human encounter; every phase is an event of man’s responding, or refusing to respond, to the presence of the divine ordering appeal. The consciousness of divine presence as the formative appeal endows every such event with the indelible character of a “present.” the artist.
~ Eric Voegelin,“Wisdom and the Magic…

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In the first season of AMC’s Mad Men, advertising executive Don Draper gives a presentation to some prospective clients from Kodak. The clients are looking for a way to market a new rotary slide projector. Don upsets and exceeds their expectations when, instead of focusing on the “exciting technology” of the projector’s rotary wheel, he emphasizes the feelings of nostalgia…

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Mad Men: The Death and Redemption of American Democracy. Sara MacDonald and Andrew Moore. Lexington Books, 2016.
 
It’s been a decade since Mad Men premiered on television, with its alluring and disturbing portrait of America in the 1960s.  This prestige drama and its mysterious protagonist, Don Draper, captured viewers’ imaginations for seven seasons, portraying a pivotal era of modernity.   Critics and…

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Justice as Friendship: A Theory of Law. Seow Hon Tan. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2015.
 
The field of study delineated by the theory of law is among the most relevant of philosophic disciplines given the proliferation of both legislative judicial review and quasi-judicial administrative tribunals, but is also rather derivative, drawing heavily on more general philosophic positions such as positivism,…

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sojourns in the western twilight

Sojourns in the Western Twilight: Essays in Honor of Tom Darby. Robert C. Sibley and Janice Freamo, eds.  Eastern Townships, Québec: Fermentation Press, 2016.
 
Sojourns in the Western Twilight: Essays in Honor of Tom Darby is, as co-editors Robert C. Sibley and Janice Freamo state in the Introduction, an homage to Tom Darby (the much-loved Professor of Political Theory at Carleton…

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David Edward Tabachnick,‎ Leah Bradshaw

Citizen and Multiculturalism in Western Liberal Democracies. David Edward Tabachnick and Leah Bradshaw, eds.,  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017.
 
Multiculturalism is among the ambivalences of our time. The word refers to the fact of ethnic, linguistic, and religious diversity in political communities. In this sense, it is a sociological category. What types of diversity are embraced in this factual account is…

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Fate and Freedom in the Novels of David Adams Richards. Sara MacDonald and Barry Craig.  Lexington Books, 2017.
 
David Adams Richards is a Canadian novelist and member of the Canadian Senate (nominated by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and appointed in 2017).  Born in 1950 in Newcastle, New Brunswick, Richards is the celebrated author of sixteen novels as well as numerous poems,…

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I finished my last article in this very VoegelinView claiming that only with a conscious acceptance and participation in the real, mankind (especially the Western part of it), could return to a state of spiritual healthy. With the wisdom of hindsight, I now wish to continue that enquiry. The matter of the “participation in reality” (or, more dramatically, “participation in…

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In his poem My Last Duchess, first published in 1842, Robert Browning creates one of the rarest types of character in literature: the phaulos. Understood in the sense of being the opposite of the spoudaios described by Aristotle, who is the person perceived as a moral exemplar, the phaulos can be seen as utterly immoral. This type of character presents…

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The extraordinary pearl of the tortured genius of Gustave Flaubert—the novel, Madame Bovary—exemplifies the kind of captivating puzzle that attracts attention well beyond the world of literary criticism.[1]  In the early twentieth century, for example, it inspired Jules de Gaultier’s philosophy of “Bovarysm,” a psychological complex distilled from the novel and worked into a universal principle of human nature; it…

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