John von Heyking

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John von Heyking is a Board Member and Book Review Editor of Voegelinview as well as a Professor of Political Science at the University of Lethbridge in Canada. He is author of The Form of Politics: Aristotle and Plato on Friendship (McGill-Queens University Press, 2016) and “Comprehensive Judgment” and “Absolute Selflessness”: Winston Churchill on Politics as Friendship (St. Augustine’s Press, forthcoming in 2017).

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Conversation and the “Turning Around of the Soul”
One of the common criticisms of the contemporary university is that it lacks individuals unwilling or incapable of conversing. Critics such as Anthony Kronman and Stephen Miller rightly observe that there’s something about contemporary culture and the contemporary university hostile to the arts or to habits of conversation. Conversation has had a place…

A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century. William F. Buckley with James Rosen, ed. New York: Crown Forum, 2016.
James Rosen provides the reader with a selection of obituaries written by William F. Buckley for National Review. The cast of characters memorialized include significant political figures, family, entertainers and artists, friends, and friends who were political adversaries.
It is…
Christmas 2

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John von Heyking
Jacqueline Pfeffer-Merrill (Fund for Academic Renewal)
Dickens' other fine Christmas pieces besides A Christmas Carol -- the best is surely The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain, but worthwhile too is The Goblins Who Stole a Sexton.
Tilo Schabert (University of Erlangen)
Sir Walter Scott's Old Mortality
The novel deals with the conflict…
Technology Election Science

No one is obliged to take part in the spiritual crises of society; on the contrary, everyone is obliged to avoid the folly and live his life in order.”
― Eric Voegelin, Science, Politics, and Gnosticism
Technological Rule
“I saw some of the turning beauties of the sky/ And we came out to see, once more, the stars.”[1] So concludes Dante’s voyage through…
Christmas 1

We asked some of our contributors and supporters to send us their recommendations for Christmas holiday readings, as well as their recommendations for the best or most significant books of 2015 (and 2014).
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy Reading!
John von Heyking
Joseph Knippenberg, Professor of Political Science, Oglethorpe University
Arthur Melzer, Philosophy Between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing
This is…
Friedrich von Hayek

University of Calgary political scientist Tom Flanagan’s treatment of Friedrich Hayek raises important questions regarding Hayek’s fundamental understanding of politics and history. On the one hand, Hayek’s defense of liberty is based upon a Burkean appreciation of tradition and historical change. “Spontaneous order” has its own rhythms and causes that governmental “legislation” only harms when it intervenes. On the other…
War Courage Military

Restoring the Augustinian Analysis

Reinhold Niebuhr’s neo-Augustinian realism has held sway among realist intellectuals and statesmen for over half a century.
Recent scholarship has even uncovered a close friendship between Niebuhr and Hans Morgenthau, who went so far as to call Niebuhr his pastor.1
One of my colleagues once told me that Bill Clinton had admitted to him that Niebuhr's Moral Man and…

I Drink, Therefore I am: A Philosopher's Guide to Wine. Roger Scruton. London: Continuum, 2009.
Roger Scruton, author of numerous books on political philosophy, music, modern philosophy, beauty, hunting, and this year’s Gifford lecturer, has written a witty yet philosophically rigorous account of wine. Scruton is not only a connoisseur of wine (with a special love of French wines), he is…