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32nd International Meeting of The Eric Voegelin Society, Philadelphia 2016

32nd International Meeting Of The Eric Voegelin Society, Philadelphia 2016

The 32nd International Meeting of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY, 2016

American Political Science Association Meeting, September 1-4

Philadelphia, PA


David Walsh, Meeting Director

[email protected]



This is the EVS Program for our 2016 meeting in Philadelphia. It is the one we will follow as far as possible. Please continue to update me with any changes that become necessary.  All of our panels will conveniently take place in Loews Commonwealth C, with the exception of the double-billed panel on Sunday at 10:00, as indicated below. The program will also be on and the VoegelinView Facebook page. Both of these outlets are in the capable hands of Lee Trepanier, our new editor. VoegelinView is the homepage for the Society. It includes a donate button so that we can receive your tax deductible contributions, the indispensable lifeblood of our operation.

Jim Stoner ([email protected]) at the Eric Voegelin Institute in LSU will continue to host the papers for the preceding three decades and would welcome your submissions. I would also remind you that APSA assigns the number of panels to related groups on the basis the attendance in the preceding year.  This is why it is important to attend as many of the EVS panels as you can.  It is also a notable gesture of solidarity with your fellow participants. Please make sure that the papers are distributed to the panel members as soon as possible so that everyone will have adequate time to read and reflect.



Panel 1, Constitutions and Foundations                                        

10:00-11:30 AM

Chair: Michael Federici, Mercyhurst University, [email protected]

“Can Constitutions Preserve Engendering Experience?” Michael Federici, Mercyhurst University, [email protected]

“A Confucian Vision of Value Pluralism.” Jingcai Ying, University of Virginia, [email protected]

“Locke’s ‘A Letter Concerning Toleration’ as a Theological Document.” Steve Ealy, Liberty Fund, [email protected]

“Philosophy of Law of Eric Voegelin.” Francois Lecoutre, University of Lille,  [email protected]

Discussants, Steven McGuire, Villanova University,[email protected] and Jeff Polet, Hope College, [email protected]


Panel 2, Education and Human Nature                                                   

2:00-3:30 PM

Chair: Thomas Heilke, University of British Columbia, Okanagan, [email protected]

“The Physics of Order: A Modern Defense of Plato’s Musical Education.” Jeremy Geddert, Assumption College, [email protected]

“Festivity and Freedom in the Philosophical Anthropology of Josef Pieper and Josef Ratzinger.” Amanda Achtman, Catholic University of Lublin, [email protected]

“Lessons from the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate: The Tunisian Dialogue Quartet.” Henryk Syse, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO),  [email protected]

Discussants, James Greenaway, St. Mary’s University,  [email protected] and Tom McPartland, Kentucky State University, [email protected]


Panel 3, Roundtable on Václav Havel                                                        

4:00-5:30 PM

Chair: Martin Palouš, Florida International University, [email protected]

Jeffrey Isaac, Indiana University, [email protected]

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

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



Panel 4, Election 2016: Analysis and Predictions                                     

8:00-9:30 AM

Chair: Olivia O’Donnell, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, [email protected]

Matthew Green, The Catholic University of America, [email protected]

Geoffrey Skelley,  Sabato’s Crystal Ball, University of Virginia Center for Politics, [email protected]  

Mark Rozell, George Mason University, [email protected]

Richard Skinner, Sunlight Foundation, [email protected]


Panel 5, Universal Humanity and History                                   

10:00-11:30 AM

Chair: Dennis Coyle, Catholic University of America, [email protected]

“Eric Voegelin’s Concept of Universal Humanity.” Harold Bergbauer,Bavarian School of Public Policy, [email protected]

“Tan Dun’s The First Emperor, Empire and Ecumene in Politics, Art, and Consciousness.” Eugen Nagy, Central Washington University, [email protected]

“Thomas After Conceptualism.” R. J. Snell, Eastern University, [email protected]

Discussant: Wolfgang Leidhold, University of Cologne, [email protected] and Michael Henry, St. John’s University, [email protected]


Panel 6, Democratization and the Experience of Freedom in Central Eastern Europe: A Comparative Study                                                                                     

12:00-1:30 PM

Chair: Michał Kuź, Lazarski University, [email protected]

“Democratisation of Ukraine as a Way to Anchor Russian Neo-imperialism.” Ostap Kushnir, Lazarski University, [email protected]

“Between Latin America and Western Democracy – Transformation in the Balkans.” Spasimir Domaradzki, Lazarski University, [email protected]

“Collective Memory, Symbols and Regimes in Central Eastern Europe.” Michał Kuź, Lazarski University, [email protected]

Discussant: Martin Palouš, Florida International University, [email protected]


Panel 7, Political Science and Methodological Limits                              

4:00-5:30 PM

Chair: James Stoner, Louisiana State University, James R Stoner  [email protected]

“Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin on Humanism and the Human Sciences.” James Stoner, Louisiana State University, James R Stoner  [email protected]

“Ideologies and Evocations: A Voegelinian Critique of Quentin Skinner.” Joshua Bowman, Anamnesis Journal, [email protected]

“The Wealth of Persons as the Horizon of Politics.” John McNerney, University College Dublin, [email protected]

Discussants: Michael Franz, Loyola University of Baltimore, [email protected] and Leon Craig, University of Alberta, [email protected]



Panel 8, Representing the Real: Voegelinian Perspectives                      

8:00-9:30 AM

Chair: Charles R. Embry, Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University-Commerce

“Eric Voegelin as Diagnostician of Discourse.” Alan Baily, Stephen F. Austin State University, [email protected]

“Strauss, Heidegger and Voegelin on the Principle of Sufficient Reason.” Jeremy Mhire, Louisisana Tech University , [email protected]

“Political Religions in the 21st Century: The Second Reality of ISIS.” Scott Robinson, King University, [email protected]

“Salvation through Science? Bacon’s New Atlantis and Transhumanism.” David Whitney, Nicholls State University, [email protected]

Discussants: Paulette Kidder, Seattle University, [email protected] and Paul Kidder, Seattle University, [email protected]


Panel 9, A Roundtable on David Walsh’s Politics of the Person as the Politics of Being 

10:00-11:30 AM

Chair: John von Heyking, University of Lethbridge, [email protected]

Brendan Purcell, Notre Dame University (Australia), Sydney Campus and St John’s College, University of Sydney, [email protected]

Daniel Mahoney, Assumption College, [email protected]

Steven McGuire, Eastern University, [email protected]

Steven Millies, University of South Carolina at Aiken, [email protected]

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


Panel 10, The Challenge of Spiritual Discernment                                     

12:00-1:30 PM

Chair:  Jerry L. Martin, University of Colorado at Boulder, [email protected]

“Eric Voegelin on Spiritual Outbursts: From ‘Unanalyzed Totality’ to ‘Ontological Omnipresence.” Macon Boczek, Kent State University, [email protected]

“Max Scheler’s Notion of the Ordo Amoris.” William Petropulos, Eric Voegelin Arkiv, Munich, [email protected]

“Challenges of Discernment in the Life and Trials of Joan of Arc.” Jerry L. Martin, University of Colorado at Boulder, [email protected]

“Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Discernment of the Spirits in Romantic Literature.” Christopher Denny, St. John’s University, [email protected]

Discussants: Sarah Shea, McGill University, [email protected] and Wolfgang Leidhold, University of Cologne, [email protected]


Panel 11, Roundtable on Leon Craig’s, The Philosopher’s English King: Shakespeare’s Henriad as Political Philosophy                                                              

2:00-3:30 PM

Chair: Barry Cooper, University of Calgary,[email protected]

Paul Cantor, University of Virginia, [email protected]

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

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

Leon Craig, University of Alberta, [email protected]


Business Meeting, Saturday, September 3, 6:30-7:30, Loews Commonwealth C

Reception, Saturday, September 3, 7:30-9:00, Loews Tubman



Panel 12, Apocalyptic Influences in Contemporary Politics                      

8:00-9:30 AM

Chair: Michael Gillespie, Duke University, [email protected]

“What Apocalyptic Scenario does IS follow?” David Cook, Rice University, [email protected]

“The Apocalypticism of ISIS: Questioning Causality in the Relationship Between Religion and Violence.” Megan McBride, Brown University, [email protected]

“Revolutionary Apocalypticism and the Modern Myth of Armageddon.” Matthias Riedl, Central European University, [email protected]

“The Paradox of Secular Apocalyptic Thought.” Ben Jones, Yale University,  [email protected]

Discussants: Thomas Heilke, University of British Columbia, Okanagan, [email protected] and Alison McQueen, Stanford University, [email protected]


Panel 13, The Political Persistence of Religion

10:00-11:30 AM

 Chair: Robert Kraynak, Colgate University, [email protected]

“Heaven on Earth? Hegel and Voegelin on the Secular Religions of Modernity.” Robert Kraynak, Colgate University, [email protected]

“Carl Schmitt and Eric Peterson on Political Theology.” Eduardo Schmidt-Passos, Catholic University of America, [email protected]

“Reason, Revelation and the Crisis of Islam.” Robert Schaefer, University of West Georgia, [email protected]

Discussants: Glenn Hughes, St. Mary’s University, [email protected] and Carol B. Cooper, Catholic University of America, [email protected]


Panel 14, Transcendence as the Horizon of Politics                                 

10:00-11:30 AM                     

Chair: James Greenaway

“Community and the Order of Being.” James Greenaway, St. Mary’s University,  [email protected]

“How to Think About Human Origins.” Brendan Purcell, Notre Dame University, Australia, Sydney Campus and St John’s College, University of Sydney [email protected]

“Gods and saints: Aquinas and the principle of transcendence as a source of order.” Gustavo Santos, Oficina Municipal, Brazil, [email protected]

What the Church Means by ‘Faith’; What Voegelin Meant by ‘Faith.'” Tom Lordan, Independent Scholar, [email protected]

Discussants: Jerry L. Martin, University of Colorado at Boulder, [email protected] and Tom McPartland, Kentucky State University, [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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