Manfred Henningsen

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Manfred Henningsen is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii. He received his Ph.D. under Eric Voegelin in Munich in 1967. He published, in addition to Der Fall Amerika (Munich, 1974) and Der Mythos Amerika (Eichborn, 2009), essays on Voegelin's thought and edited, among other things, the German edition of Hitler and the Germans. He is working now on a project, Terror and Memory.

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The memory of Eric Voegelin as a political philosopher is overshadowed in the USA and Germany by his reputation of having been a proponent of conservatism.  In both countries the conservative label sealed his intellectual image.  The ideological label is somewhat curious since neither the American nor the German conservatives had any success in recruiting him for their respective causes. …

In the summer issue of 1993 the journal Foreign Affairs published an article by Samuel Huntington under the title “The Clash of Civilizations?” whose themes he enlarged in 1996 in the book, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. Contrary to his predictions, this clash has not taken place because the seven or eight civilizations that he…