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  • Teaching in an Age of Ideology: Harvey Mansfield

    December 12, 2017

    In my last essay, I wrote about Leo Strauss’ defense of liberal education as a possible antidote to the narrowness of specialization of knowledge and the moral aimlessness of positivist ideology. One way to teach liberal education is to have students read the great thinkers of one’s tradition. In…

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  • American Affairs: APSA Related Group Proposal

    December 11, 2017

    APSA Related Group Proposal Name: American Affairs Chair: Gladden Pappin, [email protected] Statement of need: The American Affairs Related Group seeks to foster and provide a forum for research on political and economic policy based in a critical reexamination of the major strands of contemporary political thought. The Group has…

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  • Teaching in an Age of Ideology: Leo Strauss

    December 11, 2017

    So far I have examined a set of thinkers that could be classified in the same school of thought as “Voegelinian”: Eric Voegelin, Ellis Sandoz, Gerhart Niemeyer, and John H. Hallowell. In their different styles and approaches to teaching, each of them sought to show their students the true,…

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  • Henrik Syse's Money and Morals

    December 10, 2017

    Please see Henrik Syse’s TED Talk (TEDxTrondheim), “Money and Morals,” on YouTube. It is available here.

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  • Taxing Religious Leadership

    December 9, 2017

    Tucked away in the House version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts—the massive overhaul of the U.S. tax system that has just passed the Senate and is now one its way to committee, where Congress will attempt to reconcile the two versions of the bill—is a provision that would…

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  • Teaching in an Age of Ideology: John H. Hallowell

    December 8, 2017

    In my last essay I wrote about Gerhart Niemeyer who sought to avoid indoctrinating his students in order for them to pursue the true, the beautiful, and the good. In this essay I want to do the same thing but look at one of Niemeyer’s students, John H. Hallowell,…

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  • Teaching in an Age of Ideology: Gerhart Niemeyer

    December 6, 2017

    In my previous essays about teaching in an age of ideology, I had looked at two teachers – Eric Voegelin and Ellis Sandoz – who sought to clear the ideological rubble in the modern academia so students could study the true, the beautiful, and the good. In his accessible…

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  • Ellis Sandoz as Master Teacher

    December 5, 2017

    Professor Ellis Sandoz, the Hermann Moyse, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University and Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies, was born in 1931, a descendent of Swiss immigrants who came to Louisiana in 1829. He attended and received a Bachelor of…

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  • Teaching in an Age of Ideology: Ellis Sandoz

    December 4, 2017

    In my previous essay about Eric Voegelin, I wrote how Voegelin became a model of thinking devoid of ideological rant in the student’s quest for the true, the beautiful, and the good. One of those students was Ellis Sandoz, who in turn became a master teacher himself in the…

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  • Teaching in an Age of Ideology: Eric Voegelin

    November 30, 2017

    In my last essay about teaching in an age of ideology, I proposed that one needs to illuminate to students about how to live according to the true, the beautiful, and the good.  Now what exactly constitutes these goods has elicited an array of different responses from some of…

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  • Teaching Political Philosophy: Thinking in Action

    November 29, 2017

    Michael Henry, in his contribution to this volume, reports on the experience of James Rhodes, whose life changed when, as an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame, he walked into the classroom of Gerhart Niemeyer: “Like Socrates exerted such a magnetic attraction on those of kindred spirit…

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  • Teaching in an Age of Ideology

    November 28, 2017

    What does it mean to teach in an age of ideology? At first glance, especially for conservatives, the answer appears to be obvious: to advocate for conservative ideas and principles against the prevailing ideologies of relativism, feminism, multiculturalism, and other “politically correct” dogmas that dominate the institutions of American…

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  • Still So Little for the Mind: The Enduring Relevance of Hilda Neatby’s Defense of Liberal Education in Public Schools

    November 27, 2017

    Education supplies all other industries, including those concerned with the government and the defense of the country. If the educational industry falters it necessarily follows the whole structure of the nation is threatened. – Hilda Neatby, So Little for the Mind: An Indictment of Canadian Education. Toronto: Clarke Irwin…

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  • Why The Humanities Matter Today: In Defense of Liberal Education

    November 25, 2017

    Why The Humanities Matter Today: In Defense of Liberal Education. Lee Trepanier, ed. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2017. This book promises to tell the reader why the humanities matter today and moreover why a new approach to the defense of the humanities is needed. Lee Trepanier, editor and author of…

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  • "Schooling for 'the Democracy of the Dead": How the Liberal Arts Connect Us with the Legacy of the Past

    November 22, 2017

    In seeking to explain the evolution of the American democracy, historians typically give great emphasis to the step-by-step enlargement of the franchise to vote. Thus, the expansion of the franchise figures prominently in the account historian Hugh P. Williamson gives of the slow political transformation of Britain’s 17th-century North…

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  • The Death of Liberal Education: Its Implications for the University, Democracy and the American Polity

    November 17, 2017

    By “liberal education” I refer to two competing things which have been in tension since the ancient world, both of which have traveled under the label “liberal education”: 1) the tradition of seeking the truth wherever it is to be found and however “useless” or inconvenient it may be,…

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  • Periagoge: Liberal Education in the Modern University

    November 14, 2017

    Conversation and the “Turning Around of the Soul” One of the common criticisms of the contemporary university is that it lacks individuals unwilling or incapable of conversing. Critics such as Anthony Kronman and Stephen Miller rightly observe that there’s something about contemporary culture and the contemporary university hostile to…

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  • Obstacles to Liberal Education in the Modern University

    November 13, 2017

    To be a teacher of the humanities at a university means participating in a community dedicated to enquiring into the good for human beings. As members of a community of teachers, scholars, and students, we share an equality because no individual possesses a firm grip on the truth of…

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  • What Can Liberal Education Provide for Citizens of Liberal Democracy?

    November 6, 2017

    When one looks at the history of higher education in Canada and the United States it is striking to note that at one time every university regarded liberal education as its central purpose. Moreover, that purpose was connected to, though not entirely limited to, citizenship broadly conceived. At the…

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In my last essay, I wrote about Leo Strauss’ defense of liberal education as a possible antidote to the narrowness of specialization of knowledge and the moral aimlessness of positivist ideology. One way to teach liberal education is to have students read the great thinkers of one’s tradition. In his chapter on Harvey Mansfield in Teaching in an Age of…

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APSA Related Group Proposal
Name: American Affairs
Chair: Gladden Pappin, [email protected]
Statement of need:
The American Affairs Related Group seeks to foster and provide a forum for research on political and economic policy based in a critical reexamination of the major strands of contemporary political thought. The Group has a natural connection with the journal American Affairs, a quarterly journal of public policy and…

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Tucked away in the House version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts—the massive overhaul of the U.S. tax system that has just passed the Senate and is now one its way to committee, where Congress will attempt to reconcile the two versions of the bill—is a provision that would make tuition benefits that graduate students receive taxable. Many have…

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Gerhart Niemeyer 2

In my previous essays about teaching in an age of ideology, I had looked at two teachers – Eric Voegelin and Ellis Sandoz – who sought to clear the ideological rubble in the modern academia so students could study the true, the beautiful, and the good. In his accessible lectures about complicated philosophical topics, Eric Voegelin elicited an erotic restlessness…

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Ellis Sandoz 2


Professor Ellis Sandoz, the Hermann Moyse, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University and Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies, was born in 1931, a descendent of Swiss immigrants who came to Louisiana in 1829. He attended and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951 and a Master of Arts degree in…

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In my last essay about teaching in an age of ideology, I proposed that one needs to illuminate to students about how to live according to the true, the beautiful, and the good.  Now what exactly constitutes these goods has elicited an array of different responses from some of the most prominent thinkers as teachers in this past century. In…

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