Ronald D. Srigley

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Ronald D. Srigley is a Board Member of VoegelinView and its former editor (2013-16). He is an Adjunct Professor of Human Studies at Laurentian University and Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Humber College in Canada. His books include Eric Voegelin’s Platonic Theology (Edwin Mellen, 1991) and a translation of Albert Camus' Christian Metaphysics and Neo-Platonism (Missouri, 2008) and Albert Camus’ Critique of Modernity (Missouri, 2011).

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I am not happy these days. I teach in the humanities at a Canadian University. And – unlike my more Protestant-minded, less eudemonistical colleagues – I think persistent, intractable unhappiness is a clear sign that something is wrong. The following remarks are therefore a hybrid of personal therapy and scholarly analysis. My suspicion is that the state of post-secondary humanities…

Disentangling Plato from the Eleatic Stranger
The two articles I am discussing today–James Rhodes’ “The Real Name of the Stranger: The Meaning of Plato’s Statesman” and Zdravko Planinc’s “Plato's Critique of ‘Platonism’ in the Sophist and Statesman”–are mature works of scholarship by two seasoned interpreters of Plato who have attempted to surpass traditional cannons of interpretation in favour of a new…

Spirits in the Material World: The Challenge of Technology. Gilbert G. Germain. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009.
 
With the publication of Spirits in the Material World: The Challenge of Technology, Gil Germain returns to the problem of disenchantment he first explored in A Discourse on Disenchantment: Reflections on Politics and Technology (SUNY, 1993). That early work employs Max Weber’s classical statement of…