Ellis Sandoz

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Ellis Sandoz was the Hermann Moyse Jr. Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University, former Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies, and founder of the Eric Voegelin Society. He is the author and editor of more than twenty books.

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1. Voegelin presented himself as someone who knew his business and based on a solid conviction that Greek philosophy is the foundation of political science: the lecture materials were presented from this coherent starting point.
2. Devotion to truth as a desire to communicate it to students illumined every lecture and discussion, with the exploration of questions constantly reflecting the tension…

The Constitution of the United States, in its Article VI “Supremacy Clause,” announces it­self and laws made pursuant thereto to be the “supreme Law of the Land” in the United States, “and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.” This is the root meaning…


What was Eric Voegelin’s relationship to Christianity? Was Voegelin a Christian? Is his philosophy a Christian philosophy? These complicated per­sonal and scholarly questions must be divided and subdivided so that the reader may appreciate the hints that follow. From the time I first heard him lecture, when I was a young under­graduate student in 1949, I never doubted that Voegelin…

Government Both Political and Royal
The greatest English political thinker of the fifteenth century, Sir John Fortescue (ca. 1394-ca. 1477), served as a member of Parliament in eight Parliaments, as chief justice of King's Bench for nearly two decades, and as Lord Chancellor of England to Henry VI, the last of the Lancastrian kings.
He is chiefly known for the in­structional dialogue…

I write here in a synoptic way, summarizing themes addressed more fully [elsewhere] for the purpose of concisely clarify­ing the meaning of Americanism. Let me open with the words on the subject from a representative expert, Theodore Roosevelt, who said the following just over a century ago:
"There is one quality which we must bring to the solution of every problem,–that…

The principal work by Voegelin written in the final years of his life and published posthumously includes the final volume of Order and History, entitled In Search of Order, his deathbed meditation dictated to Paul Caringella, "Quod Deus Dicitur," and the unfinished Aquinas Lecture titled "The Beginning and the Beyond: A Meditation on Truth."1 While a great deal need not…

The fascinating correspondence between Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin raises more questions than it answers, if merely taken by itself.l To be sure, a number of extremely valuable debates arise between the two writers, especially in the letters of 1949 through 1951. Often, however, the exchange gives only straws in the wind and a sense of agreements and disagreements, but…

While virtually everyone has agreed that the American founding and the generation that achieved it were extraordinary, of towering significance and formative importance in modern history, what besides blind good luck and raw talent in able men somehow disposed to collaborate and to act at a propitious moment lay behind the achievement?
Thus, in looking for at least a few explanatory…