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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The discovery and publication of John Rawls’s senior thesis can be compared to the impact of the early writings of Karl Marx. It was only with the appearance of the latter that readers could gain an appreciation of the humanist roots of Marxian thought that, in its mature formulation, was centered more narrowly on economic theory. A similar pattern applies…

Political theorists, like literary and social theorists, occupy a kind of twilight zone in relation to philosophy. Their disciplines are at once empirical and philosophical, an indeterminate status compared to the strictly autonomous unfolding of philosophy. Yet it is by virtue of this difference of perspective that they may have something to contribute to philosophy. The problem, however, is that…




Like all great books, Israel and Revelation defies categorization in terms of genre.  It is neither a work of biblical criticism nor an account of political ideas.  At the same time, it is clearly not intended as a confessional or a theological guide to Sacred Scripture.  Some element of all three genres are admittedly present but the combination eludes specific…

We share the sadness of the family of Beverly Jarrett at her recent passing.  All members of the Voegelin community are deeply in her debt for the contribution she made to the publication of the Collected Works.  It stands as a fitting testament to Beverly’s four decades of work in scholarly publishing.  Beginning as a copy editor at Louisiana State…

33rd International Meeting of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY, 2017


American Political Science Association Meeting,August 31-September 3


San Francisco, CA


 


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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…