Lee Trepanier

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Lee Trepanier is a Professor of Political Science at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan where he teaches political philosophy, constitutional law, and American Politics. He is also the university's pre-law adviser and the author and editor of several books. He is editor of VoegelinView (2016-present) and the editor of Lexington Books series Politics, Literature, and Film (2013-present).

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Disease and Democracy: The Industrialized World Faces AIDS. Peter Baldwin. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.
 
Although seemingly a historical account of European and American public policies against AIDS, Peter Baldwin’s Disease and Democracy is that but much more: it probes into the nature of public policy and political action, with its actors of interest groups, public opinion, and governmental agencies;…

Trust in Society. Karen S. Cook, ed. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2001.
 
Trust in Society is the second volume on trust sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation.  Whereas the first volume focused on the role of trust in good government, this second volume examines the relationship between trust in the populace and the functioning of government: Is trust required for…
Egalitarianism Equality

Egalitarianism is movements within social and political philosophy that can be either foundational or distributional in nature. Foundational egalitarianism describes people as equal beings by nature; distributional egalitarianism justifies a distribution of economic goods, social opportunities, and political power among people so as to render them more equal in fact. Egalitarian theories generally invoke foundational EQUALITY to support more distributive…
Voegelin Strauss Correspondence Cooper

Faith and Political Philosophy the Correspondence between Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin, 1934-1964. Peter Emberley and Barry Cooper, ed. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2004.
Eric Voegelin’s Dialogues with the Postmoderns Searching for Foundations. Peter A. Petrakis and Cecil Eubanks, ed. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2004.
 
With Collected Works of Eric Voegelin complete, the University of Missouri Press have…
Trepanier McGuire Voegelin

Eric Voegelin (1901-85) is often portrayed as one of the severest critics of modernity–its belief in human reason’s ability to understand and convey the fundamental structures of reality and its dismissal of transcendent teleologies as private and suspect beliefs. For Voegelin, modernity was a “Gnostic revolt” against reality: the belief that human beings can transform the nature of reality through…
Tilo Schabert Primacy of Persons

The Primary of the Persons in Politics: Empiricism and Political Philosophy. John von Heyking and Thomas Heilke, eds. Washington D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2013.
 
Thomas Heilke’s and John von Heyking’s edited volume, The Primary of Persons in Politics: Empiricism and Political Philosophy, explores the nature of political activity by German political scientist, Tilo Schabert. In an empirical study…
Barry Cooper Hunting Weaving

Hunting and Weaving: Empiricism and Political Philosophy. Thomas Heilke and John von Heyking, eds. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2013.
 
Thomas Heilke’s and John von Heyking’s edited volume, Hunting and Weaving: Empiricism and Political Philosophy, is a festschrift to Barry Cooper, a political scientist at the University of Calgary. The themes of hunting and weaving are ones illuminated in Cooper’s…
Foucault

In the previous chapter, McGuire illuminates how Voegelin’s analysis of Aristotle shows that ethics and politics are to be based on one’s noetic participation in an nonobjective, transcendent reality rather than founded on a third-person or objective account of human nature.[1] In spite of McGuire’s agreement with Voegelin’s interpretation of Aristotle, he expresses reservation about Voegelin’s methodology, his philosophy of…
Religion Christianity God Divine

Michael Allen Gillespie’s The Theological Origins of Modernity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.
 
Seeking to clarify what we mean by “modernity,” Michael Gillespie provides an intellectual history of the subject by reaching back to the late Middle Ages. Contrary to the accounts that present modernity as a radical break with the past based on reason, Gillespie provides a perspective that…
Window Church Religion Divine God Christianity

Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian Truth. David Bentley Hart (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2003).
 
The Beauty of the Infinite is a complex and subtle work that presents an aesthetic defense of Christian rhetoric against those who embrace what David Bentley Hart calls “the metaphysics of violence”: the belief that life is inherently tragic with no possibility…