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36th International Meeting of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY, 2020

36th International Meeting Of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY, 2020

36th International Meeting of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY, 2020

American Political Science Association Meeting,

September 10-13,

San Francisco, CA


 David Walsh, Meeting Director

[email protected]


Dear Friends,

This is the preliminary program for what will become a virtual meeting rather than in person.  Once APSA receives confirmation of your willingness to participate they will readjust the schedule to roughly mirror the arrangement below.  They will however adjust times to Mountain Time and will add a day, to begin on Wednesday.  So considerable adjustments will follow.  They do, however, need to receive your confirmation in order to begin.  EVS will assist in any way we can to make this a good substitute for our customary gathering.  Having lived in the Zoom world for the past few months it is evident that some preparation is desirable.  We will particularly work with panel chairs on this so that everyone is confident and comfortable with the format.  Two obvious advantages are savings in cost of attendance when travel funds are highly constrained, and renewed availability to those who had decided to forgo participation this year.  Please let me know if you are in the latter category and would like to be added to the program in any capacity.


Thursday, September 10, 8:00-9:30

Panel 1: Conversion as Personal and Political

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

To Jump the Tenses

Abigail L. Rosenthal, [email protected]; Brooklyn College of the City of New York

The Virtue of Religion: A Defense Against Gnosticism

Macon W. Boczek, [email protected]; Kent State University

Authentic Being in the World:The Return of Socrates and Overcoming of Gnosticism

Stephen Calogero, [email protected]; St. Mary’s University

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


Thursday, September 10, 8:00-9:30

Panel 2: Music and Poetry as Constitutive of Political Community

Law, Music, and Friendship in Aristotle’s Best Regime

John Boersma, [email protected];

“The Body Itself Balks Account”: Whitman’s Carnal Burkeanism and Democracy

David M. Sollenberger, [email protected]; Penn State University

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

Andrew Bove, [email protected]; Villanova University


Thursday, September 10, 10:00-11:30

Panel 3: Election 2020: Analysis and Predictions

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

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

Mark Rozell, [email protected]; George Mason University

Geoff Pallay, [email protected]; Ballotpedia

George Elliott Morris, [email protected]; The Economist


Thursday, September 10, 12:00-1:30

Panel 4: Person and Polity: Roundtable

Chair: Steven P. Millies, [email protected]; Chicago Theological Union

David J. Walsh, [email protected]; Catholic University of America

John McNerney, [email protected]; Catholic University of America

Steven McGuire, [email protected]; Villanova University

Gustavo A. Santos, [email protected]; Catholic University of America


Thursday, September 10, 4:00-5:30

Panel 5: Roundtable on Human Dignity, Liberal Education, and Political Society

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

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

Steven McGuire, [email protected]; Villanova University

Carol B Cooper, [email protected]; University of Houston


Friday, September 11, 8:00-9:30

Panel 6: Foundations of a Constitutional Order

Chair: David M. Sollenberger, [email protected]; Penn State University

John Locke, the Rise of Parliament, & the Conceptualization of Legislative Power

James Stoner, [email protected]; Louisiana State University

Due Process of Classic Natural Law

Joseph S. Devaney, [email protected]; Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

The Political Whole and Knowledge of Human Nature

Michael Hickman, [email protected]; University of Mary

Discussant: Steven J. Brust, [email protected]; Eastern New Mexico University

Dennis Coyle, [email protected]; The Catholic University of America


Friday, September 11, 10:00-11:30

Panel 7:  Political Theology I: Schmitt, Manent, and Iqbal

Chair:  Eduard Schmidt-Passos, Texas State University, [email protected]

Political Theology Beyond Sovereignty: The Concept of the Constitution
Ndifreke Ette,  SUNY Potsdam; [email protected]

“Reason and Grace, Prudence and Providence: Pierre Manent on the Necessary Collaboration of the Pride of the Citizen and the Humility of the Christian”
Daniel J. Mahoney, Assumption College, [email protected]

“The Muslim Political Theology of Muhammad Iqbal”
Scott Philip Segrest, The Citadel, [email protected]

Discussants: Eduardo Schmidt-Passos, Texas State University, [email protected]


Friday, September 11, 12:00-1:30


Panel 8: Political Theology II: Strauss, Balthasar, Voegelin

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

Does Politics Need a Theology? Leo Strauss’s reflections on Hegel
Grant Havers, Trinity Western University, [email protected]

A Credible Politics: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Political Theology of Love
Carol Cooper, University of Houston, [email protected]

A Minimum Wage and Catholic Social Thought

Jeremy Geddert, [email protected]; Assumption College

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


Friday, September 11, 2:00-3:30

Panel 9: Commerce and Manners in Edmund Burke’s Political Economy, by Gregory M. Collins

Chair: Ryan Patrick Hanley, [email protected]; Boston College

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

Brandon Turner, [email protected]; Clemson University

Steven Hayward, [email protected]; University of California at Berkeley

Gregory Collins, [email protected]; Yale University


Friday, September 11, 4:00-5:30

Panel 10: Voegelin in the 21st Century: New Reflections on “The New Science of Politics”

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

Modern Political Existence: The Crisis of Self-Interpretation

Holly Elizabeth Ching, [email protected]; University of Calgary

Handmaids to Representation: Political Science in a Post-Modern Crisis

Kelsey Gordon, [email protected]

Representation in Politics: Transcendental Dreaming and Existential Crisis

Micheal Ziegler, [email protected]; University of Victoria

Discussants: TBA


Saturday, September 12, 8:00-9:30

Panel 11: Paleolithic Paths into the Present

Barry Cooper, Paleolithic Politics

Barry Cooper, [email protected]; University of Calgary

Experience and Symbols in History

Wolfgang Leidhold, [email protected]; University of Cologne

The Role of “metaxy” in the political philosophy of Eric Voegelin

Jaroslaw Marek Duraj, [email protected]; Macau Ricci Institute


Saturday, September 12, 10:00-11:30

Panel 12: Volume V: The Crisis of Civilization and the Next Leap in Being 

Voegelin’s Concepts of Politics Manfred Henningsen, [email protected]; University of Hawaii, Manoa

The Truth Quest as an Ordering Response to Ecological Chaos

Andrew Hoffman, [email protected]; Independent Scholar

The It Reality and an Emerging Paradigm in the Ecozoic Era

Masahide Teale Kato, [email protected]; University of Hawaii at West Oahu

The Paradox of Consciousness as an Opening to a New Political Cosmology

Louis Gershon Herman, [email protected]; University of Hawaii

Discussants: Barry Cooper, [email protected]; University of Calgary; Paul Caringella, [email protected], Hoover Institution.


Saturday, September 12, 12:00-1:30

Panel 13:  Voegelin’s New Science of Politics Seventy Years Later

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

Graham Greene’s Critique of Ideology and Modern Rationalism in War

Michael Roland Gonzalez, [email protected]; Baylor University

The Moral Imagination of Reinhold Niebuhr

Reed M. Davis, [email protected]; Seattle Pacific University

The Arc of History Bends Toward Justice: Martin Luther King and Eric Voegelin

Daniel G. Lang, [email protected]; Lynchburg College

E. H. Carr’s Twenty Years’ Crisis: Reconciling Realism and Utopia

Greg Russell, [email protected]; University of Oklahoma

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


Saturday, September 12, 2:00-3:30

Panel 15: The Presence of the Past: Roundtable

Chair: Martin Palous, [email protected]; Florida International University

David J. Walsh, [email protected]; Catholic University of America

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

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

Barry Cooper, [email protected]; University of Calgary


Saturday, September 12, 4:00-5:30

Panel 15: The Question of Empire: China and America

Chair: Barry Cooper

American Empire

Richard J. Bishirjian, [email protected]; American Academy of Distance Learning

Eric Voegelin and the Chinese Context

Muen Liu, [email protected]; Institute for Political Science, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Discussants: Barry Cooper


Sunday, September 13, 8:00-9:30

Panel 16: Liberal Order and the Tension of Existence

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

David Hume’s Modern Epicurean Political Theory

Aaron Alexander Zubia, [email protected]; Princeton University

Natural Law and the Tension of Existence

Sarah Thomas, [email protected]

Religious Freedom in Liberalism:Conflict in the Differentiation of Transcendence

Gustavo A. Santos, [email protected]; Catholic University of America

David M. Sollenberger, [email protected]; Penn State University


Saturday, September 12, TBD

Business Meeting




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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