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  • Can a Natural Disaster be a Symbol of Truth? The Indian Ocean Tsunami: a Voegelinian/Desmondian Meditation

    November 20, 2018

    “Now the Flood: water is the matrix of all life, but in deluge its creative indeterminacy overwhelms and swamps. Finite beings are flimsy, tossed around as flotsam. (DECEMBER 26, 2004: EARTHQUAKE BENEATH THE SEA, TSUNAMI – PARADISE ONE MOMENT, DROWNING DESOLATION THE NEXT.) Creative power is destructive power beyond…

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  • Art as a Via Negativa: A Note on Larkin’s High Windows

    November 19, 2018

    If human beings can be described as living between the apeirontic depth of the fundamental grounding reality “prior” to both inorganic and organic life, and the noetic height of the transcendent Divine Nous or God; and these two “poles” constitute the fullness of Reality, then existence can justly be…

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  • Big History and the Religious Perspective

    November 18, 2018

    What connections could exist between Big History and the religious perspective? The answer is more than plenty. If Big History is defined as “the attempt to understand, in a unified, interdisciplinary way, the history of the Cosmos, Earth, Life, and Humanity”, then the parallels to the concerns of someone…

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  • The Landscape of the American Political Battlefield

    November 16, 2018

    An ongoing debate in American political science regards the dispositions of the factions within American society towards one another; some scholars argue that a culture war obtains, while others point towards the peaceful transitions of power and the respect for political opposition in America as hallmarks of an exemplary…

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  • Mass Communication and Pluralism

    November 15, 2018

    Eric Voegelin’s 1956 essay “Necessary Moral Bases for Communication in a Democracy” is of tremendous worth to the careful analyst of 21st century American political thought.   It sheds much light on the effect that communication styles may have on the character of a society, and it sheds further light…

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  • Academy of Philosophy and Letters Conference: Call for Papers

    November 14, 2018

    Academy of Philosophy and Letters (APL) will hold its annual conference in Baltimore on June 7-9 on the theme, “America the Beautiful?” This years’ conference theme is “America the Beautiful?”  Much about the U.S. has long been recognized as beautiful, and much has not.  Beauty—and ugliness—take many forms, and…

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“Now the Flood: water is the matrix of all life, but in deluge its creative indeterminacy overwhelms and swamps. Finite beings are flimsy, tossed around as flotsam. (DECEMBER 26, 2004: EARTHQUAKE BENEATH THE SEA, TSUNAMI – PARADISE ONE MOMENT, DROWNING DESOLATION THE NEXT.) Creative power is destructive power beyond our measure; the overdeterminacy brings into being but also annihilates. The…

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If human beings can be described as living between the apeirontic depth of the fundamental grounding reality “prior” to both inorganic and organic life, and the noetic height of the transcendent Divine Nous or God; and these two “poles” constitute the fullness of Reality, then existence can justly be called, following Plato, Voegelin, and Desmond, as metaxic, that is, “in-between.”…

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What connections could exist between Big History and the religious perspective? The answer is more than plenty. If Big History is defined as “the attempt to understand, in a unified, interdisciplinary way, the history of the Cosmos, Earth, Life, and Humanity”[1], then the parallels to the concerns of someone like St. Augustine are rather striking. For my purposes, the religious…

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An ongoing debate in American political science regards the dispositions of the factions within American society towards one another; some scholars argue that a culture war obtains, while others point towards the peaceful transitions of power and the respect for political opposition in America as hallmarks of an exemplary civil society.[1]  Eric Voegelin analyzed the cultural factors which affect the…

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Eric Voegelin’s 1956 essay “Necessary Moral Bases for Communication in a Democracy” is of tremendous worth to the careful analyst of 21st century American political thought.   It sheds much light on the effect that communication styles may have on the character of a society, and it sheds further light on the true but concealed nature of pluralistic societies.  Characterizations of…

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Academy of Philosophy and Letters (APL) will hold its annual conference in Baltimore on June 7-9 on the theme, “America the Beautiful?”
This years’ conference theme is “America the Beautiful?”  Much about the U.S. has long been recognized as beautiful, and much has not.  Beauty—and ugliness—take many forms, and are encountered in many ways:  in artistic works and the natural and…

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Superhero Ethics. Travis Smith. Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press, 2018.
 
No doubt as soon as there were two superheroes, people asked the question “who would win in a fight?”
Much of the fun of debating “who would win in a fight” is listening to and giving thoughtful and nuanced arguments about the merits of one’s preferred superhero’s powers buttressed with examples drawn from…

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Thanks to Steven F. McGuire for organizing the symposium on John von Heyking's book, The Form of Politics: Aristotle and Plato on Friendship!
Please see the features below!
Joshua Bowman’s “Friendship and ‘Filthy’ Politics in Plato and Aristotle”
Carol Cooper’s “Contemplating Friendship”
James Greenaway’s “The Form of Politics as Friendship”
Rodolfo Hernandez’s “Aristotle and Plato on Friendship”
John von Heyking’s “’The Delicate Shimmer of Interlaced Rainbows’:…

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I thank Steven McGuire for organizing this symposium and Lee Trepanier for publishing it here on Voegelinview. Away from the friendships unfriendly that dominate the internet and social media, Voegelinview is an online forum for serious discussion open to anyone who wishes to participate. I am grateful to the contributors—Carol Cooper, Rudy Hernandez, James Greenaway, and Joshua Bowman— for taking…

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In The Form of Politics, John von Heyking directs his readers to the critical importance of friendship in the political thought of Aristotle and Plato. The title nicely captures the key finding of the book: true friendship between individuals was thought by Aristotle and Plato to provide an analog for the harmony that might be achieved in a political community.…

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