Sylvie Courtine-Denamy

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Sylvie Courtine-Denamy (1947-2014) was a research associate at the Centre for Political Research at Sciences Po in France. She was author of books on Hannah Arendt and Simone Weil, among them being Three Women in Dark Times: Edith Stein, Hannah Arendt and Simone Weil (2000) and Simone Weil: La Quête de racines célestes (2009). She is also a translator of philosophical works into French, including Voegelin's Ordre et Histoire (2012).

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A Book about Theology or Politics? We propose to consider whether Eric Voegelin’s first volume of Order and History:Israel and Revelation, is a book about theology or about politics.The question arises due to the fact that the two main motives in the Old Testament are the brith–the Alliance or Covenant between two parties–and God’s kingship. It arises also due to…

Popper? A Troublesome Pebble . . .
Acknowledging the importance of Henri Bergson’s thought for him, Eric Voegelin wrote: "history of mankind . . . is an open society–Bergson’s, not Popper’s–comprehending both truth and untruth in tension." Two years later, explaining the In-Between structure of existence, the platonic metaxy, Voegelin alludes again to Bergson:
"if anything is constant in [history] it is…

Rejecting Ideology
With Eric Voegelin (1901-1985) and Simone Weil (1909-1943), we are confronted with two philosophers who examine events, understand their present, and consider the "disorder" of their time caused by Marxism, Fascism, and National Socialism. Their respective works constitute acts of resistance against ideology. Wondering about the "dark times" (Bertolt Brecht), they diagnose a Europe that suffers from a disease…