Brendan Purcell

Written by Brendan Purcell

Brendan Purcell is a Board Member of VoegelinView and an Adjunct Professor in Philosophy at Notre Dame University in Sydney. He is author of several books, including From Big Bang to Big Mystery: Human Origins in the Light of Creation and Evolution (New City, 2012).

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A Reflection of 20 Years
I’ve been asked, in light of the contrasting interpretations of Jürgen Gebhardt and Paul Caringella, and Fred Lawrence’s article that works on reconciling their views, to answer the question whether it is fair or naïve hyperbole to suggest Eric Voegelin as a modern Church Father.  As anyone who has attended the annual meetings of the Eric Voegelin…

The Foundations of the Scientific Method
What we call the natural sciences emerged only in Western civilization which in turn was built on the experiences of Greek philosophy and Judeo-Christian revelation. How did these experiences make possible the emergence of the experimental natural sciences?
It is possible to list three factors underlying modern scientific method. To undertake any scientific investigation we must:
(i)…

On this occasion we will consider the Encyclical Letter of John Paul II, Faith and Reason (Fides et ratio), which he released on September 15th, 1998. We will begin with a few introductory remarks on the cultural context for the encyclical and then consider two of its aspects. It is obvious that Faith and Reason (hereinafter “Fides”) addresses the crisis…

We shouldn't pretend that in the course of a short lecture we can establish a foundation for media ethics. But we can move towards a foundation if we first clear up one thing: there is no such thing as a depository of "media ethics" in the sense of there being some kind of filing cabinet labeled "Ethics" containing different files…

Michael Ruse, who has written extensively on evolution and philosophical issues, noted a few years ago that “Unfortunately, there is simply nothing in the literature by philosophers on human origins.”(1) (2) There is enormous data, both on pre-human and archaic human materials, with the capacity for expanding our understanding of human emergence, but philosophy hasn’t kept up. Certainly, Voegelin was…

Part 1 of the Audio Recording may be listened here.
Eric Voegelin: You have something about history. May I ask you just for a piece of paper because I want to draw a little diagram and show it to you? It represents what is perhaps the most important change today in science in the conception of history. What we have in…

I’m not that happy with the “master teacher” title, bearing in mind André Glucksmann’s questioning of the so-called “master thinkers,” except in the sense that I think everyone here is thinking of. That is to say, of Voegelin as an intellectual and spiritual authority. Unlike the other contributors to this panel, I didn’t have Voegelin as a teacher in the…