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).

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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

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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…

At first glance the title of this chapter is bewildering.  What can a “personalist account of persons” mean?  Is it simply recognition of the respect we owe one another as persons?  That we should never subordinate persons to their social roles or functions?  That the very language we use must embody the primacy of reverence owed toward persons as such? …

I am indebted to the careful and insightful reading that Macon Boczek has given to my book. Writing is a solitary occupation whereby one opens a conversation, without knowing if there will be an answering response.  It is therefore a particular joy, not only when the invitation has been taken up, but when the response demonstrates an understanding and appreciation…

The transfer of editorship at any publication, but especially VoegelinView, is an opportunity to say what has too often gone unsaid. That is, to express our gratitude to the outgoing editor, Ron Srigly, for the magnificent job he has done in preserving and enhancing our online presence. We are of course conscious of the debt we owe to the founder…

Havel: A Life. Michael Zantovsky. New York: Grove Press, 2014.
I am grateful for the invitation to review Michael Zantovsky’s biography of Václav Havel, the playwright, dissident and President of both Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic successively. Havel was one of the most inspirational human beings to have walked the earth in our time. I met him once when he received…

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…

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 August 28-31, Washington D.C.

Panel 1, Spirituality and Politics
Chair: Macon Boczek, Kent State University, [email protected]
"Learning to Kneel: Etty Hillesum and Simone Weil as Examples of Openness to Reality." Amanda…

It feels a little strange to raise the question of Leo Strauss’s relationship to Catholicism when his relationship to Judaism has scarcely been clarified. If we could sort out the latter then perhaps the former would fall into place. Instead we are left only with questions and it is into this fog of uncertainty that Jim Stoner has cast a…

Heidegger's Place in Modern Philosophy

Martin Heidegger was the culminating figure of twentieth-century philoso­phy. For better or worse he is the one who carries philosophy forward to the point it has reached today. The most convincing evidence of this is that his critics, at least those who actually understand rather than simply dismiss him, operate of necessity within the framework he…