35th International Meeting of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY, 2019

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35th International Meeting of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY, 2019

American Political Science Association Meeting,

August 29-September 1

Washington, DC


David Walsh, Meeting Director

[email protected]



Dear Friends,

I look forward to our annual gathering in late August.  It does not appear that our host, APSA, has assigned rooms but most of our panels will be in the Omni Shoreham with a couple in Marriott Wardman.  We have a full program with an interesting mix of topics and panels.  All of this is to your credit as it reflects the fascinating work you are engaged on.  I thank you for your submissions and encourage you to support one another by attending as many of the sessions as you can. I will post the final version of the program on Voegelinview where our intrepid editor, Lee Trepanier, also welcomes your best work.  As always, your continuing financial support of EVS, in contributions small or large, is always appreciated (for donations email [email protected]).  I remind you that APSA requires your registration in order to be listed on their program.



Panel 1, Anti-Utopian Thought in International Relations

8:00-9:30 AM

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

“A Reevaluation of Scientific International Theories.” Christopher Daniel Ruiz, Baylor University, [email protected]

“Christian Realism, Pacifism, and the Beloved Community.” Daniel G. Lang, Lynchburg College, [email protected]

“Winston Churchill and the Crisis of Zionism.” Marjorie Louise Jeffrey, Baylor University, [email protected]; and Michael S. Kochin, Tel Aviv University, [email protected]

“The Anti-Utopianism of Raymond Aron.” Nathan Orlando, [email protected]

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


Panel 2, Grounding the Political

 10:00-11:30 AM

 Chair: James Greenaway, St. Mary’s University, [email protected]

“Aristophanes, Freud, and the Politics of the Non-transcendent.” Justin Brophy, University of Notre Dame, [email protected]

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

“Lincoln’s Romantic Political Thought: Law, Political Religion, and Slavery.” David M. Sollenberger, Catholic University of America, [email protected]

“Philosophy of Consciousness as Philosophy of the Person.” David Walsh, The Catholic University of America, [email protected]

Discussant: Steven McGuire, Villanova University, [email protected]; Josh Bowman, Heidelberg University, [email protected]


Panel 3, Russell Kirk: A Reevaluation of His Life and Work after his Centenary

12:00-1:30 PM

Chair: Jeffrey Polet, Hope College, [email protected]

“Russell Kirk and the Literary Imagination.” Gary L. Gregg, University of Louisville, [email protected]

“Russell Kirk and Catholic Social Teaching.” Richard M. Reinsch, Liberty Fund, [email protected]

“Russell Kirk and an Educated Public.” Jeffrey Polet, Hope College, [email protected]

Discussants: Gregory S. Butler, New Mexico State University, [email protected]; and Eric Schmidt, Louisiana State University, [email protected]


Panel 4, Consciousness and Politics by Barry Cooper

2:00-3:30 PM

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


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

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

Sarah Beth V. Kitch, University of Missouri, [email protected]

Paul Caringella, [email protected]

Barry Cooper, University of Calgary, [email protected]


Panel 5, What is Political Theory? Methods, Schools, and Disciplines: Roundtable

4:00-5:30 PM

Chair: Lee Trepanier, Saginaw Valley State Univeristy, [email protected]


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

David D. Corey, Baylor University, [email protected]

Scott Segrest, The Citadel, [email protected]

Jeremy J. Mhire, Louisiana Tech University, [email protected]



 Panel 6, The Initial Reception of Eric Voegelin in Brazil

 8:00-9:30 AM

 Chair: Eduardo Schmidt Passos, Texas State University at San Marcos, [email protected]

“Guerreiro Ramos as a Reader of Eric Voegelin: Postcolonial Theory and the Alternatives to Liberal Modernity.” Christian E. Cyril Lynch, State University of Rio de Janeiro, [email protected]

“Eric Voegelin and Mario Vieira de Mello´s Search for the Order of the Soul in Brazilian Culture.” Matim Vasques da Cunha, Fundacão Getúlio Vargas FGV-SP, [email protected]

“Voegelin’s Reception in Brazilian Catholic Political Thinkers: History and the Political Community in the Redefinition of the Modern Brazilian Nation.” Gustavo Santos, Oficina Municipal, [email protected]

“Oliveira Vianna, Gilberto Freyre, and Eric Voegelin on the Idea of Race and its Political Consequences.” Eduardo Schmidt Passos, Texas State University at San Marcos

Discussants: Nathalia Henrich, The Catholic University of America, [email protected]; and Gustavo Santos, [email protected]


Panel 7, Life as a Spiritual Journey

10:00-11:30 AM

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

“Aspects of Evil.” Abigail L. Rosenthal, Brooklyn College of The City University of New York, [email protected]

“Avenues on the Spiritual.” Jerry L. Martin, University of Colorado at Boulder, [email protected]

“Altruism: The Renouncement of Self.” Stephen Calogero, St. Mary’s University, [email protected]

“The Political Philosophy of Josef Pieper.” Thomas E. Lordan, Independent scholar, [email protected]

Discussants: Macon Boczek, [email protected]; Olivia O’Donnell, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, [email protected]


Panel 8, Pierre Manent’s Practical Natural Law and the Problem of Transcendence

12:00-1:30 PM

Chair: Ralph C. Hancock, Brigham Young University, [email protected]

“Manent’s Natural Law and the Revival of Liberal Democracy.” Jenna Silber Storey, Furman University, [email protected]

“The Contribution of Montaigne to the Eclipse of Natural Law.” Peter P. Seaton, St. Mary’s Seminary and University, [email protected]

“Manent’s Renewal of Natural Law and Christian Conscience.” Daniel J. Mahoney, Assumption College, [email protected]

“Manent’s Practical Natural Law and the Problem of Transcendence.” Ralph C. Hancock, Brigham Young University, [email protected]

Discussants: Harvey C. Mansfield, Harvard University, [email protected]; Robert Kraynak, Colgate University, [email protected]


Panel 9, The Political Theory of Slavery and Abolition

2:00-3:30 PM

 Chair: Gregory Collins, Yale University, [email protected]

“John Marshall, Slavery, and Anti-Nationalist Constitutional Decision-Making.” Paul Finkelman, Gratz College, [email protected]

“Natural Right and Anti-Natural Right Arguments in Antebellum America.” Alan Levine, American University, [email protected]; Daniel S. Malachuk, Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, [email protected]

“The Enlightenment Roots of American Anti-Abolitionism.” Joshua Aaron Lynn, Eastern Kentucky University, [email protected]

“Lincoln, Majority Rule, and the ‘Ultimate Extinction of Slavery.'” James H. Read, St. John’s University / College of St. Benedict, [email protected]

Discussants: James R. Stoner, [email protected]; Louisiana State University; Robinson Woodward-Burns, Howard University, [email protected]


Panel 10, Literature, Persons and Modern Politics

4:00-5:30 PM

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

“Eric Voegelin and Walker Percy: The Political Problem of ‘Post-Christian” Life.’” Matalyn Vander Bleek, The Catholic University of America, [email protected]

“The Inward Turn of the Transcendentalists: Hawthorne’s Inscapes Into the Person.” John McNerney, University College Dublin, [email protected]

“Karol Wojtyla and Vaclav Havel.” Carly Jones, The Catholic University of America, [email protected]

“Deplorable Political Consciousness in Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground.” Thomas Hutchinson, [email protected]

Discussants: Carol Browning Cooper, University of Houston, [email protected] ;David Sollenberger, The Catholic University of America, [email protected]


SATURDAY, August 31

Panel 11, Liberal Politics and Liberal Education

8:00-9:30 AM


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

“Is a Moral Basis of Political Science Possible?” Robert M. Schaefer, [email protected]; University of West Georgia

“Person and Common Good in Yves Simon.” Bradley Lewis, [email protected]; Catholic University of America

“Those Were the Days: The Current Relevance of the Liberal/Communitarian Debate.” Dennis J. Coyle, Catholic University of America, [email protected]

Discussants: Graham Walker, Independent Institute, [email protected]; Samuel Goldman, George Washington University, [email protected]


Panel 12, The Politics of Wit I

10:00-11:30 AM

Chair: Travis D. Smith, Concordia University, [email protected]

“Jesting with Giants: Rabelais on the Political Uses of Wit.” Zak Black, University of Toronto, [email protected]

“The Creating Person: God, Art and Action in the Work of Miguel de Unamuno.” Enrique Pallares, Catholic University of America, [email protected]

Discussants:  Taylor Putnam, University of Toronto, [email protected]


Panel 13, Integralism and the American Constitutional Tradition: Roundtable

12:00-1:30 PM

Chair: James Patterson, Ave Maria University, [email protected]


Ashleen Menchaca-Bagnulo, Texas State University, [email protected]

James R. Stoner, Louisiana State University, [email protected]

Gladden J. Pappin, University of Dallas, [email protected]

Bradley Lewis, The Catholic University of America, [email protected]

Jeffrey Polet, Hope College, [email protected]


Panel 14, The Politics of Wit II (Marriott Wardman Park)

12:00-1:30 PM

Division 1: Political Thought and Philosophy: Historical Approaches


Panel 15, Unlearning Liberalism and Conservatism

2:00-3:30 PM

Chair: Aaron D. Hoffman, Bellarmine University, [email protected]

“Trump the Aberration.” Lee Cheek, East Georgia State College, [email protected]

“Reconsidering Conservatism: Challenges to a Failing Ideology.” Eugene J. Halus, Immaculata University, [email protected]

“New Thinking on the Right.” Daniel McCarthy, The American Conservative, [email protected]

“Whose Liberalism? Which Failure?” Steven P. Millies, Chicago Theological Union, [email protected]

Discussant: Aaron D. Hoffman, [email protected]; Dennis Coyle, The Catholic University of America, [email protected]


Panel 16, Voegelin as a Reader of Political Philosophers: Roundtable

4:00-5:30 PM

Chair: Bernat Torres Morales, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, [email protected]

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

Nicoletta Scotti Muth, Catholic University of Sacro Cuore, Milan, [email protected]

Harald Bergbauer, University of Applied Sciences, Munich, [email protected]

Bernat Torres Morales, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, [email protected]

Shaun Rieley, Catholic University of America, [email protected]


Business meeting, Saturday, August 31, 6:30-7:30 PM (Marriott, Virginia B)

Reception, Saturday, August 31, 7:30-9:00 (Marriott Wardman)




Panel 17, Ideology and History

8:00-9:30 AM

Chair: Jodi Bruhn, Stratéjuste Canada, [email protected]

“Observations on a Political Dimension of Karl Löwith’s Philosophy of History.” Stan Molchanov, Catholic University of America, [email protected];

“Art and Ideology: The Struggle for Independence.” Eugen L. Nagy, University of Southern Mississippi, [email protected]

“Númenórean Gnosticism: A Voegelinian Interpretation of Tolkien.” Zachary Yost, Catholic University of America, [email protected]

“The Myth of the Social Contract: Bossuet and Leo XIII.” Dennis Nilsen, Catholic University of America, [email protected]

Discussant: Martin Palous, Florida International University, [email protected]; Jodi Bruhn, [email protected]



 Panel 18, Regions of the Political: Territoriality, Sovereignty, and the Body Politic

10:00-11:30 AM


Chair: Ellen L. Kennedy, [email protected]; University of Pennsylvania

“Schmitt in Jerusalem.” Nathaniel Shils, University of Pennsylvania, [email protected]

“The Enduring Partisan State: A Commentary on the DPRK chez Carl Schmitt.” Juman Kim, University of Oregon, [email protected]

“Dissenting Opinion: Carl Schmitt and the Problem of Power in US Legal Theory.” Rheuben Bundy, University of Oregon, [email protected]

“Power in the Blood: Politics and Martyrdom in Augustine’s Civitate Dei.” Ian Tuttle, Catholic University of America, [email protected]

Discussant: Eduardo Schmidt Passos, Texas State University at San Marcos, [email protected]

David Walsh

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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).