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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Jonathan Radcliffe (Australian National University)
Isonomia and the Origins of Philosophy, Kojin Karatani
Karatani is a kind of heretical Marxist - and a very interesting one at that. He rereads economic history not as a series of developmental stages, but as four “modes” that occur and recur: gift economies, state formation, capitalism…

Liu Xiaobo was the Chinese dissident writer and 2010 Nobel Peace Prize recipient who passed away this past June. He died of liver cancer while serving out the eleven-year sentence he received in 2009 for his role in the Charter 08 movement that modeled itself after the Charter 68 movement of dissidents of communism in Czechoslovakia. Liu’s work promoting freedom…

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.
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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
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