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33rd International Meeting of the Eric Voegelin Society, San Francisco 2017

33rd International Meeting of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY, 2017

American Political Science Association Meeting,August 31-September 3

San Francisco, CA


David Walsh, Meeting Director

[email protected]


Dear Friends,

This is our program as it currently stands at the beginning of August.  Please continue to update me with any changes that become necessary.  I have filled in the times and locations as they have been assigned by our host, APSA.  We will continue to modify the program if needed and will attempt to post the latest version on, the homepage for the Society, as well as a superb outlet for the best in Voegelin inspired reflection on the great and small questions.  It is also carries the very best in book reviews. Lee Trepanier, our highly efficient and energetic editor, welcomes your submissions, and John von Heyking, our formidable book review editor, tirelessly searches out the latest scholarship.  For your convenience, a donate button is included in “About Us” so that we can receive your tax deductible contributions.

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, not just for this year but for any year you have missed. If you send me a copy of your paper I will see that it gets transmitted. However, please make sure that the papers are distributed to the panel members well in advance, so that everyone will have adequate time to read and reflect.  I would also remind you that APSA assigns the number of panels to related groups on the basis of 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.

You will have an opportunity to purchase, at our Saturday evening Reception, the superb new collection, The Eric Voegelin Reader: Politics, History, and Consciousness, edited by our very own Charles Embry and Glenn Hughes, from University of Missouri Press.



Panel 1, Contours and Implications of Living in Tension toward the Transcendent 

8.00-9.30 AM (Westin St. Francis, Elizabeth C)

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

“The Linguistic Tension Toward the Divine.” Jerry Martin, University of Colorado at Boulder, [email protected]

“Lassitude and the Love of Life in Albert Camus.” Sarah Shea, McGill University, [email protected]

“Spoiling Your Story: The Case of Hannah Arendt.” Abigail Rosenthal, Author, [email protected]

“Preference or an Experience?: The Paradox of Religion and Social Science.” James Patterson, Ave Maria University, [email protected]

Discussants: Rouven Steeves, United States Air Force, [email protected] and Eduardo Schmidt Passos, Catholic University of America, [email protected]


Panel 2, Democracy Impassioned, Democracy Tamed: On Passions, Virtues, and Judgment

12.00-1.30 PM (Hilton Union Square, Golden Gate 2)

Chair: Teresa M. Bejan, University of Oxford, [email protected]

“From Impudence to Magnanimity.” Juman Kim, University of Pennsylvania, [email protected]

“Tasteful Citizenship: Hume on the Role of Emotional Judgment in Politics.” Brianne Michelle Walsh Wolf, University of Wisconsin, [email protected]

“The Property of Liberal Virtue.” Richard Avramenko, University of Wisconsin, [email protected]

“The Audacity of Anonymous.” Ashley Elizabeth Gorham, [email protected]

Discussant: Jennet Kirkpatrick, Arizona State University, [email protected]


Panel 3, Challenging and Extending Voegelin’s Account

2.00-3.30 PM (Westin St. Francis, California East)

Chair: Jeremy Geddert, Assumption College, [email protected]

“The Symbolic Order of English and American Revolutionary Movements; Revisiting Voegelin’s Analysis of the Glorious Revolution.” Scott Robinson, King University, [email protected]

“On the Origins of Scientism.” David Whitney, Nicholls State, [email protected]

“Eric Voegelin on Science and Scientism.” Shaun Rieley, [email protected]

“John Calvin on Social Hierarchy: Natural or Arbitrary?” Stephen Wolfe, [email protected],  Louisiana State University

Discussants:  Jeremy Geddert, Assumption College, [email protected] and Gregory Collins, Catholic University of America, [email protected]


Panel 4, Roundtable on John Von Heyking’s, The Form of Politics: Aristotle and Plato on Friendship

4.00-5.30 PM (Westin St. Francis, Colonial)

Steve McGuire, Villanova University,  [email protected]

Barry Cooper, University of Calgary, [email protected]

Thierry Gontier, University of Jean Moulin-Lyon 3, [email protected]

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

John Von Heyking, University of Lethbridge, [email protected]



Panel 5, Friendship and the Political

8.00-9.30 AM (Westin St. Francis, Hampton)

Chair: Henrik Syse, Peace Research Institute Oslo, [email protected]

“Charter 77 and Friendship.” Martin Palous, Florida International University, [email protected]

“Montaigne: Political and Non-Political Friendship.” Thierry Gontier, University of Jean Moulin-Lyon 3, [email protected]

“Voegelin and Kelsen.” Francois Lecoutre, University of Lille,  [email protected]

“Vacuous Selves in a Ravenous Politics: Re-reading Lost in the Cosmos in the Age of Identity Movements.” Carol Browining Cooper, University of Houston, [email protected]

Discussants: Henrik Syse, Peace Research Institute Oslo, [email protected] and Thierry Gontier, University of Jean Moulin-Lyon 3, [email protected]


Panel 6, A Theory of History and Experience

10.00-11.30 AM (Westin St. Francis, Elizabeth C)

Chair: Eugen L Nagy, Central Washington University, [email protected]

“History and Experience.” Wolfgang Leidhold, University of Cologne, [email protected]

“Burke’s Unconventional Historiography of Commercial Development.” Gregory Collins, Yale University, [email protected]

“Voegelin’s Interpretation of Vico.” Harald Bergbauer, Bavarian School of Public Policy, [email protected]

“Intrahistory: The Tensional Structure of Existence.” Enrique Pallares, [email protected] ,Catholic University of America

Discussants: Eugene Webb, University of Washington, [email protected] and Eugen L Nagy; Macon Boczek, Kent State University, [email protected]


Panel 7, Philosophy and Prudence in International Thought

12.00-1.30 PM (Westin St. Francis, Elizabeth C)

Chair: David Clinton, Baylor University, [email protected]

“Morality in the Foreign Policy of Alexander Hamilton.” Joshua Boucher, Baylor University, [email protected]

“The Application of the Public Force: Grand Strategic Theory and Political Practice.” Eric Fleury, College of the Holy Cross, [email protected]

“Winston Churchill’s Historical Philosophy.” Marjorie Jeffrey, Baylor University, [email protected]

“Philosophy and Prudence in Hans Morgenthau’s Political Realism.” Greg Russell, University of Oklahoma, [email protected]

Discussant: David Clinton, Baylor University, [email protected]


Panel 8,  Origins of Apocalyptic Activism

2.00-3.30 PM (Westin St. Francis, Elizabeth C)

Chair: Michael Franz

“The Spiritual Wellsprings of Apocalyptic Activism.” Michael Franz, Loyola University Maryland, [email protected]

“Apocalypticism and the Disintegration of Traditional Civilizations.” Manfred Henningsen, University of Hawai’I at Mānoa,  [email protected]

“What is Extreme and What is Not? A Voegelinian Analysis of ‘Healthy’ and ‘Pathological’ Spirituality and Activism.” Henrik Syse, Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Nobel Committee, [email protected]

“Existential Roots of Apocalyptic Violence.” Klaus Vondung, University of Siegen,  [email protected]

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


Panel 9, Solzhenitsyn’s Red Wheel: Critical Reflections on a Masterwork 

4.00-5.30 PM (Westin St. Francis, Elizabeth C)

Daniel J. Mahoney, Assumption College, [email protected]

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

Lee Trepanier, Saginaw Valley State University, [email protected]

James Pontuso, Hampden-Sydney College, [email protected]

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



Panel 10, Revolutionary Political Thought with a Concentration on the Political Sermons of the Revolutionary Era

8.00-9.30 AM (Westin St. Francis, California East)

Chair: Macon Boczek, Kent State University, [email protected]

“John Witherspoon’s Moderate American Revolution.” Scott Segrest, The Citadel, [email protected]

“Moses and David as Models and Metaphors.” Steve Ealy, Liberty Fund, [email protected]

“Situating Ellis Sandoz’s Political Sermons and Revolutionary Sermons among American Political Sermons 1630-1800.” Glenn A. Moots, Northwood University, [email protected] and Thomas Conerty, Vanderbilt Law School, [email protected]

“The Christian Paradox and the American Regime.” Tom Lordon, Independent Scholar, [email protected]

Discussants: Macon Boczek; Ellis Sandoz, Louisiana State University and Sarah Beth Vosburg-Kitch, Northern Illinois University, [email protected]


Panel 11, Roundtable on The Failure of Transcendence in Major Modern Literature 

12.00-1.30 PM (Westin St. Francis, Georgian)

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

“Cosmic Indifference and the Failure of Transcendence in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens.” Charles Embry, [email protected]; Texas A & M Commerce

“Samuel Beckett, Transcendent Reality and Krapp’s Last Tape.” Glenn Hughes, St. Mary’s University, [email protected]

“George Eliot.” Paulette W. Kidder, Seattle University, [email protected]

“The Second Realities of Madame Bovary.”Paul E. Kidder, Seattle University, [email protected]

“Aesthetic Epiphany and Transcendence in Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.” Thomas J. McPartland, Kentucky State University, [email protected]


Panel 12, Science, Rhetoric, and Understanding in Dialogue

2.00-3.30 PM (Westin St. Francis, California East)

Chair: Alan Baily, Stephen F. Austin State University, [email protected]

“The Ancient Science of Rhetoric and the Modern Rhetoric of Science.” Alan Baily, Stephen F. Austin State University, [email protected]

“Aristotle on Anger and the Problem of Political Speech.” Alexander Duff, College of the Holy Cross, [email protected]

“Does the Orator Need Moral Virtue? Comparing Demosthenes and Cicero in Plutarch’s Lives.” Rodolfo Hernandez, Texas State University, [email protected]

“Through a Keyhole or an Open Door? Rhetoric and Pedagogy in Aristotle’s Politics.” Jeremy Mhire, Louisiana Tech, [email protected]

Discussants: Mary Beth Sullivan, Central Arkansas University, [email protected] and Guillaume Bogiaris, Texas A&M University, [email protected]


Panel 13, The Person and the Common Good

4.00-5.30 PM (Westin St. Francis, Georgian)

Chair: James Greenaway

“Matrimony in the Order of Being as Political Agon.” James Greenaway, St. Mary’s University, [email protected]

“Consciousness and the sexual human body: attempts at bridging the gap within the dualist modern view of the human subject.” Gustavo Santos, Oficina Municapal, [email protected]

“The Artist’s Reality: As an Exploration of the Truth of Existential Order.” John McNerney, University College Dublin, [email protected]

“‘Only the Soul is of Itself”: The Soul of the Person in Whitman’s Politics.” David Sollenberger, The Catholic University of America, [email protected]

 Discussant: Carol B. Cooper, University of Houston, [email protected]


Business Meeting, Saturday, September 2, 6:30-7:15 (Hilton Union Square, Continental Parlor 7)

Reception, September Saturday, 2, 7:30-9:00 (Hilton Union Square, Continental Parlor 8 )



Panel 14,  Promise-Cramm’d: The Poetics and Politics of Hamlet

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

“Denmark as Troy and Carthage:  The Ghosts of Virgil and Marlowe in Hamlet.” Zdravko Planinc, McMaster University, [email protected]

“Something Rotten in the Soul of Hamlet: Legitimizing this Renaissance Man without licensing his Furies?” Nalin Ranasinghe, Assumption College, [email protected]

“Dialogos and Soliloquy: Thinking Through Ion and Hamlet.” Charlie Gustafson-Barrett, Tulane University, [email protected]

“Hamlet and the Affective Roots of Decision.” Glenn (Chip) Hughes, St. Mary’s University, [email protected]

Discussants: Oona Eisenstadt and James Greenaway, St. Mary’s University, [email protected]

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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