Charles R. Embry

Written by Charles R. Embry

Charles Embry is Professor Emeritus at Texas A&M University at Commerce. He is author of several books, including The Philosopher and the Storyteller (Missouri, 2008); Voegelinian Readings of Modern Literature (Press, 2011); and, with Glenn Hughes, co-editor of The Eric Voegelin Reader: Politics, History, Consciousness (Missouri, 2017).

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What did "Don't immanentize the eschaton!" really mean? Richard M. Reinsch II of Liberty Law Talk interviews Charles Embry about Eric Voegelin and his, along with Glenn Hughes', recently published book, The Eric Voegelin Reader. The interview is available here.
Also see our review of the book here and "Establishing True Community in Philia Among Students: Teaching the Eric Voegelin Reader."

Giving the Devil His Due: Demonic Authority in the Fiction of Flannery O’Connor and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Jessica Hooten Wilson. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2017.
Giving the Devil His Due is a book that grew out of Professor Wilson’s dissertation written under the guidance of the O’Connor scholar, Ralph Wood, at Baylor University.
It is clearly a wonderful idea to put O’Connor and…

Professor Ellis Sandoz, the Hermann Moyse, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University and Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies, was born in 1931, a descendent of Swiss immigrants who came to Louisiana in 1829. He attended and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951 and a Master of Arts degree in…

Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death: Reflections on Memory and Imagination. Otto Dov Kulka with Ralph Mandel, trans. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 2013.
After surviving Auschwitz, Otto Dov Kulka, Rosenbloom Professor Emeritus of Jewish History at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, became a professional historian who divorced his personal experience from his work on Jewish history and European anti-Judaism culminating in the…

"The flux [of divine presence] has the structure of a divine-human encounter; every phase is an event of man’s responding, or refusing to respond, to the presence of the divine ordering appeal. The consciousness of divine presence as the formative appeal endows every such event with the indelible character of a 'present.' the artist."
– Eric Voegelin, "Wisdom and Magic of…

Real life, life finally uncovered and clarified, the only life in consequence lived to the full, is literature. Life in this sense dwells within all ordinary people as much as in the artist.
-Marcel Proust, Finding Time Again

The Approach to Proust
I approach the great novel, as I approach all great novels, simply as a lover of literature and a philosopher, that…

The occupation with works of art, poetry, philosophy, mythical imagination and so forth, makes sense only if it is conducted as an inquiry into the nature of man.

–Eric Voegelin to Robert B. Heilman


There are many reasons for writing a book that relies upon the philosophical work of Eric Voegelin for the interpretation of modern literature. Not…