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31st International Meeting of The Eric Voegelin Society, San Francisco 2015

31st International Meeting Of The Eric Voegelin Society, San Francisco 2015

The Eric Voegelin Society is a Related Group of the American Political Science Association.

Its Annual Meeting will run concurrently with that of the APSA

on September 3-6 in San Francisco, CA.


Panel 1, Geopolitics and Prudence

Chair: Greg Russell, University of Oklahoma, [email protected]

“Geopolitics And Prudence: Realism In A Twenty-First Century World.” Greg Russell, University of Oklahoma, [email protected]

“The Formation Of Prudence Within The City.” Stephen Sims, Baylor University, [email protected]

“Prudence, National Interest and Counter-Terrorism.” Eric Fleury, College of the Holy Cross, [email protected]

“Barack Obama, Prudence and Presidential War Powers.” Daniel Lang, Lynchburg College, [email protected]

“Prudence Abroad in an Era of Regime Instability at Home: Francois Guizot and the Direction of French Foreign Policy in the 1840s.” David Clinton, Baylor University, [email protected]

Discussant: Tim Fuller, Colorado College, [email protected]


Panel 2, The Problem of Multiple Modernities

Chair: Jürgen Gebhardt, University of Elangen, [email protected]

“Voegelin, the Axial Age and Modernity: The Present and the Future in the Mirror of the Past.” Bjørn Thomassen, Roskilde University, [email protected] and Rosario Forlenza, Columbia University, [email protected]

“Multiple Modernities.” Jürgen Gebhardt, University of Elangen, [email protected]

“Opposing Perspectives on the Totalitarian Phenomenon: Voegelin and Kelsen.” François Lecoutre, University of Lille 2, [email protected]

“Voegelin and Strauss on Civic Community.” Pierre-Alain DRIEN, University of Lyons 3, [email protected]

“Weimar’s Hyperinflation: A Legacy of War, Struggle for Survival, and the Affirmation of the State.” Todd Myers, Grossmont College, [email protected]

Discussants: Thomas Heilke, University of British Columbia, [email protected] and Tom McPartland, Kentucky State University, [email protected]


Panel 3, Roundtable on Voegelin’s Late Meditations and Essays 

Chair: Michael Franz, Loyola University of Baltimore, [email protected]

Glenn Hughes, St. Mary’s University, [email protected]

Barry Cooper, University of Calgary,[email protected]

David Walsh, The Catholic University of America, [email protected]

Henrik Syse, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO),  [email protected]

William Petropulos, Eric Voegelin Arkiv, Munich, [email protected]

Michael Franz, Loyola University of Baltimore, [email protected]


Panel 4, Civilization in Extremis: From Collapse to a New Leap in Being

Chair: Manfred Henningsen, University of Hawaii at Manoa, [email protected]

“The Disintegration of Traditional Civilizations.” Manfred Henningsen, University of Hawaii at Manoa, [email protected]

“Voegelin’s Understanding of the Leap in Being.” Andrew Hoffman, Independent Scholar, [email protected]

“Hip-Hop Culture and the Primary Community of Being.” Masahide Kato, University of Hawaii at West Oahu, [email protected]

“Transcending Civilizational Collapse in a new Leap of Being.” Louis Herman, University of Hawaii at West Oahu, [email protected]

“Is There a New Spiritual Axial Age?” Jerry Martin, University of Colorado at Boulder, [email protected]

 Discussant: Klaus von Dung, University of Siegen, [email protected]


Panel 5, “Wherefrom Does History Emerge?”

Chair: Tilo Schabert, University of Erlangen, [email protected]

“Did ‘History’ change its Meaning in Order and History?” Barry Cooper, University of Calgary, [email protected]

“Two Sources of Voegelin’s Vision of History: Platonism and Augustinism.” Thierry Gontier, Université Jean Moulin – Lyon 3, [email protected]

“History Brought Into Form: Political Storytelling.” John von Heyking, University of Lethbridge, [email protected]

“A Continuing Strife Towards Cosmogony: History.” Tilo Schabert, University of Erlangen, [email protected]

“Polis and Philosophy in the VI century B.C.: the novelty of Voegelin’s reading in ‘The World of the Polis’” Nicoletta Scotti Muth, Catholic University of Sacro Cuore, Milan, [email protected]

Discussants: Daniel Mahoney, Assumption College, [email protected] and Ron Srigley, University of Prince Edward Island, [email protected]


Panel 6, Aristocratic Souls in Democratic Times

Chair: Ethan Alexander-Davey, University of Virginia, [email protected]

“Tocqueville and the Shame of Economic Life.” Richard Avramenko University of Wisconsin, [email protected]

“Edmund Burke’s Peerage.” Ian Crowe, Brewton-Parker College, [email protected]

“Friedrich Nietzsche on the Social Function of Aristocracy.” Jeffrey Church, University of Houston, [email protected]

“Richard M. Weaver on Chivalry and Aristocracy in the American South.” Steve Ealy, Liberty Fund, [email protected]

Discussants: A.A.M. Kinneging, University of Leiden, [email protected] and Ethan Alexander-Davey, University of Virginia


Panel 7, Spirit and Political Realism

Chair: Rouven Steeves, United States Air Force Academy, [email protected]

“Synderesis and Common Sense.” Macon Boczek, Kent State University, [email protected]

“The Place of the ‘Heart’ in Philosophical Anthropology.” Thomas E. Lordan, Independent Scholar, [email protected]

“Albert Camus’s Political Philosophy of Invincible Summers and Endless Winters.” Sarah Shea, McGill University, [email protected]

“Why Blame Calvin?” John Jamieson, Independent Scholar, [email protected]

“The Two Sides of the Same Coin: Political Realism and Political Philosophy.” András Lánczi, Corvinus University, Budapest, [email protected]

Discussants: Jeremy Geddert, Assumption College, [email protected] and R.J. Snell, Eastern University, [email protected]


Panel 8, Art, Politics and Literature

Chair: Charles Embry, Texas A & M at Commerce, [email protected]

“The Philosopher and the Storyteller: Eric Voegelin and Flannery O’Connor.” David Palmieri SUNY-Plattsburgh, [email protected]

“Pseudoreality Returns: Reading The Man Without Qualities in “Liquid Modern” Times.” Paul Corey, Humber College, [email protected]

“St. Augustine’s Confessio and the Possibility of Reason.” Enrique Pallares, Catholic University of America, [email protected]

“Art as a Symbolic Form: From Paleolithic Murals To Modernity.” Wolfgang Leidhold, University of Cologne, [email protected]

“Lila’s Destiny: Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead Trilogy.” Paulette Kidder, Seattle University, [email protected]

Discussants: Alan Baily, Stephen F. Austin State University, [email protected] and Paul Kidder, Seattle University, [email protected]


Panel 9, Philosophical Anthropology and Authenticity

Chair: David Walsh, The Catholic University of America, [email protected]

“Immanuel Kant and Eric Voegelin on the Immortality of the Soul.” Steven McGuire, Eastern University,[email protected]

“Existence and Transcendence: On Voegelin’s Conception of Authenticity.” Bruno Godefroy, Université Jean Moulin – Lyon 3, [email protected]

“The Dignity of Human Personality: Martin Luther King, Jr. on Human Nature.” Sarah Beth Vosburg Kitch, Louisiana State University, [email protected]

Under the primacy of the practical: Habermas’s communicative rationality and Rawlsian reasonableness in light of Kant’s practical reason.” Gustavo Adolfo Santos, Oficina Municipal, Brazil, [email protected]

“Moral debt: Liberty and What We Live Within.” James Greenaway, St. Mary’s University, [email protected]

Discussants: Michael Hickman, University of Mary, [email protected] and Eduardo Schmidt-Passos, The Catholic University of America, [email protected]


Panel 10: Re-Encountering Homer: Poetry, Tragedy, and Political Philosophy

Chair: Oona Eisenstadt, Pomona College, [email protected]

“The Three Songs of Demodokus and the Blind Eye of the Odyssey.” Nalin Ranasinghe, Assumption College, [email protected]

“Music, Memory, and the Politics of Cultural Diversity in Homer’s Odyssey.” Rebecca LeMoine, Florida Atlantic University, [email protected]

“‘Expel the barbarian from your heart’: Intimations of the Cyclops in Euripides’ Hecuba.” Zdravko Planinc, McMaster University, [email protected]

“The uses of Homer in Plato’s Philebus.” Bernat Torres, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, [email protected]

Discussants: Michelle Kundmueller, University of Notre Dame, [email protected] and Oona Eisenstadt, Pomona College, [email protected]

David WalshDavid Walsh

David Walsh

David Walsh is the Chair Board Member of VoegelinView, President of the Eric Voegelin Society, and Professor of Political Science at Catholic University of America. He is the author of a three-volume study of modernity: After Ideology: Recovering the Spiritual Foundations of Freedom (Harper/Collins, 1990), The Growth of the Liberal Soul (Missouri, 1997), and The Modern Philosophical Revolution: The Luminosity of Existence (Cambridge, 2008). His latest book is Politics of the Person and as the Politics of Being (Notre Dame, 2015).

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