Glenn Hughes

Written by Glenn Hughes

Glenn Hughes is Professor of Philosophy at St. Mary’s University in Texas. He is author of several books, including Transcendence and History: The Search for Ultimacy from Ancient Societies to Postmodernity (Missouri Press, 2003) and A More Beautiful Question: The Spiritual in Poetry and Art (Missouri Press, 2011).

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Candles Religion God Divine

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Voegelin begins his essay by explaining that the search for constants of truth about human order in society and history will not be found at the level of symbols, that is, in spoken or written words or other expressions of meaning. The historical process of the human search for order throws up successive symbolizations of truth; symbolizations emerge that are…
Candles Religion God Divine

“Equivalences of Experience and Symbolization in History” (1971)[1] is, in my view, one of Eric Voegelin’s five most important stand-alone essays, along with “Immortality: Experience and Symbol” (1967), “The Gospel and Culture” (1971), “The Beginning and the Beyond: A Meditation on Truth” (written 1974-77), and “Wisdom and the Magic of the Extreme: A Meditation” (1983). It is a writing with…
Divine God Sky Scruton

The Face of God. Roger Scruton. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2012.

 
The Face of God, the most recent book by the prolific English philosopher Roger Scruton, is a measured, clear, and impressive philosophical critique of what Scruton describes as “the atheist culture that is growing around us” (p.1 ).
He notes at the start of this brief (180-page) work that he…
T. S. Eliot

First Impressions
My first encounter with T. S. Eliot's masterpiece, the poem-cycle Four Quar­tets, took place when I was twenty years old. The conditions were unusually felicitous. I was visiting family friends in southeast England, and during a pe­riod when my host family was away for a few days, I noticed a BBC program announcement in the newspaper. That evening there…
Emily Dickinson


Of American poets taught regularly in secondary education, the two most ill-served are Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson. Students are typically introduced to these poets through their most-anthologized poems, the majority of which are chosen in part for their accessibility–technically fluid and not too daunting conceptually–but also for a sort of charmingness, albeit in both cases of a slightly dark…
Big Bang

From Big Bang to Big Mystery: Human Origins in the Light of Creation and Evolution. Brendan Purcell. New York: New City Press, 2012.

 
Brendan Purcell’s From Big Bang to Big Mystery is an extremely ambitious book, and what is marvelous is that it succeeds in its ambitions.
Exploring the question of human origins and development within the context of cosmic evolution, Purcell…
Cosmos

Voegelin's notion of the differentiation of consciousness may be clarified by setting it off against what he considers to be the foundational struc­ture of consciousness that does not change, but rather constitutes the transhistorical basis for its historical transformations. Implicitly reject­ing modern and postmodern arguments for a radically historicist view of conscious experience, Voegelin asserts that there are indeed invariant…
Caravaggio History

History, to be precise about the term, is not everything that has ever hap­pened, but the remembered and recorded past, the past judged worthy of reflection and narration. A "history" is a story comprising, not all events, but significant events. The weight of significance is something to be determined by the person trying to make sense of the flow of…
Ezra Pound

The most efficient way to approach Ezra Pound's artistic strug­gle with the problem of transcendence will be to use Eric Voegelin's philos­ophy of human existence and history to analyze some of Pound's guiding ideas about divine reality, history, language, and political order, especially as they shape and inform his epic poem The Cantos. To a reader familiar with both Pound…
David Walsh Modern Philosophical Revolution

I have learned more from this book, philosophically, than from any book in years. I do find its central hypothesis persuasive. And not only does it often speak beautifully about love, it was clearly written from and with enormous love.
Professor Walsh’s book is masterful in its erudition, depth, and importance. The book’s purpose is announced in its Preface: it aims…