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  • Crisis in Liberal Education and Liberal Democracy: A Canadian Perspective

    May 8, 2016

    Liberal Education, Civic Education, and the Canadian Regime: Past Principles and Present Challenges. David W. Livingstone, ed.. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015.   There is general consensus today that liberal arts education is in crisis. Fewer and fewer students are interested in pursuing university degrees…

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  • The Midwest: The Region That Made America

    April 25, 2016

    The Lost Region. Toward a Revival of Midwestern History. Jon K. Lauck. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2013.   The Midwest today receives less attention than other regions of the United States from the political and cultural elites of this country. Part of this is due…

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  • The Conquest of Eros: Tyranny Revisited as the Quarrel Between the Ancients and the Moderns

    April 13, 2016

    Tyranny: A New Interpretation. Waller R. Newell. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.   In recent years whenever I am obliged to teach the history of European political philosophy and development of political knowledge, I keep repeating to my students that not a single idea has come down…

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  • Propaganda and Democracy

    April 9, 2016

    How Propaganda Works. Jason Stanley. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015.   Jason Stanley’s How Propaganda Works is a book uniquely suited for its time. In his words, the goal of the book is to “explain how sincere, well-meaning people, under the grips of flawed ideology, can unknowingly…

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  • Recovering Montesquieu's Political Liberalism

    March 13, 2016

    Montesquieu’s Political Economy. Andrew Scott Bibby.New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016.   Part of Palgrave’s Recovering Political Philosophy series, Andrew Scott Bibby’s Montesquieu’s Political Economy presents the French philosopher as a liberal who defends private property, liberty, and religion rather than as a defender of monarchial privilege. By…

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  • Stimulating Reflection

    March 7, 2016

    Elijah in Jerusalem: A Novel. Michael D. O’Brien. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2015.   Michael D. O’Brien’s eleventh novel, Elijah in Jerusalem: A Novel, is also the third installment of what has become his Father Elijah trilogy. The first (although not first in the order of publication)…

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  • What Hope for the Secular City?

    February 20, 2016

    Desiring a Better Country: Forays in Political Theology. Douglas Farrow. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015.   Desiring a Better Country offers a learned, judicious, provocative, and finally, rousing display of Christian moral reasoning.  The head of Farrow’s subtitle, forays, accurately signals the occasional nature of these five chapters;…

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  • What Are Schools For?

    February 14, 2016

    The Pursuit of Wisdom and Happiness in Education: Historical Sources and Contemplative Practices. Sean Steel. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2014.   Aimed at primary and secondary school educators, Sean Steel’s The Pursuit of Wisdom and Happiness in Education argues that philosophy, contemplative practices of wisdom properly understood,…

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Lee Trepanier

VoegelinView is currently suspended for the summer and will resume publication on August 8, 2016. It will regularly publish articles, essays, books reviews, and announcements twice a week (Monday and Wednesday) and occasionally on Fridays. If you have any questions about VoegelinView, please contact Dr. Lee Trepanier at [email protected]

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David Walsh

32nd International Meeting of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY, 2016 American Political Science Association Meeting, September 1-4 in Philadelphia, PA


 
Friends,
This is our program as it currently stands at the end of June. Please continue to update me with any changes that become necessary. At this point I do not have the locations until APSA assigns them. When we have…

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Thomas Lordan

Mr. Lordan has given us permission to reprint his paper. Copyright © 2016 Thomas Lordan. This is the second of two parts. Part one can be accessed here.

 
The doctrine of pure nature came into its own in the sixteenth century, the century in which what de Lubac considers the fateful turn in theology occurs. The turn is from the conception…

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Thomas Lordan

Mr. Lordan has given us permission to reprint his paper. Copyright © 2016 Thomas Lordan. This is the first of two parts.

 
Introductory: Two Twentieth Century Theologians - Recovering the Experiences That Engendered the Symbols of Western Order
Professor Eric Voegelin (1901-1985) and Father Henri de Lubac (1896-1991) had much in common, beyond the fact that their lives overlapped. Both men were…

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David Walsh

 
The transfer of editorship at any publication, but especially VoegelinView, is an opportunity to say what has too often gone unsaid. That is, to express our gratitude to the outgoing editor, Ron Srigly, for the magnificent job he has done in preserving and enhancing our online presence. We are of course conscious of the debt we owe to the founder…

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Lee Trepanier

This essay was originally printed in First Principles, November 30, 2009. Dr. Trepanier and the publisher has given us permission to reprint it.
 
The Nature of the Law is Eric Voegelin’s comprehensive and systematic account of law as a mature thinker, when he realized that law’s historical existence is inextricably bound to that of society. Rejecting the positivist approach towards law,…

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Paul Corey

Liberal Education, Civic Education, and the Canadian Regime: Past Principles and Present Challenges. David W. Livingstone, ed.. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015.
 
There is general consensus today that liberal arts education is in crisis. Fewer and fewer students are interested in pursuing university degrees in the humanities and social sciences that do not offer clear pathways to careers. Educators,…

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Lee Trepanier

The Lost Region. Toward a Revival of Midwestern History. Jon K. Lauck. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2013.
 
The Midwest today receives less attention than other regions of the United States from the political and cultural elites of this country. Part of this is due to its political and economic decline, particularly when compared to the Sun Belt; the perception…

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Andras Lanczi

Tyranny: A New Interpretation. Waller R. Newell. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
 
In recent years whenever I am obliged to teach the history of European political philosophy and development of political knowledge, I keep repeating to my students that not a single idea has come down to our age without serious debate among major political thinkers, who regarded those ideas as…

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How Propaganda Works. Jason Stanley. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015.
 
Jason Stanley’s How Propaganda Works is a book uniquely suited for its time. In his words, the goal of the book is to “explain how sincere, well-meaning people, under the grips of flawed ideology, can unknowingly produce and consume propaganda” (x). The author wants to understand propaganda, how it exploits weak…

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