Tilo Schabert

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Tilo Schabert is a Board Member of VoegelinView and a Professor Emeritus at the University of Erlangen-Nuremburg. He is the author of several books, with the latest being How World Politics is Made (Missouri, 2009) and The Second Birth: On the Political Beginnings of Human Existence (Chicago, 2015).

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Please see Tilo Schabert's two lectures, available on YouTube.
His lecture on "The German Revolution 1989." It is available here.
His lecture about the 2017 French Presidential election. It can be found here.
 
Also available are "A Wise French Accommodation," "The German Question is a European Question," "How the World is Made: France and the Reunification of Germany" and "True Form of Government: Plato…


All forms of political order are phenomena of movements.
The classic typology of political constitutions that Plato elaborated and Aristotle modified to an extent therefore represents both: a description of the different constitutions identified – monarchy, aristocracy, oligarchy, and so forth – and the passages from one constitutional form to another, as from an aristocracy to an oligarchy, for example. In…

The Venice Roundtable

François Mitterrand related the following episode several times af­terward – to SPD [The German Social Democratic Party] president Hans-Jochen Vogel, Spanish prime minister Felipe González, German chancellor Helmut Kohl, and West German minister of foreign affairs Hans-Dietrich Genscher, and in Cabinet meet­ings. What he had heard the evening of June 8, 1987, in Venice clearly made quite an…

A Critical Assessment[1]
Apparently, historiography takes shape in the form of battles. It began at historiography's beginning,[2] when, to cite the most telling example, Cicero called Herodotus the “father of history”[3] and Plutarch branded him as “a liar”.[4] The conflictual habits in historical writing have been lasting ever since.[5] An actual and indeed remarkable case in point is the historiography concerning…

Things Turned into Sounds: Aristotle
The first voice we ought to listen to is that of Aristotle. At the beginning of his text Peri hermeneias (On Interpretation) Aristotle distinguishes between three degrees of human understanding.[1] There are, first, “affections in the soul” (en te psyche pathemátōn) that reflect within the soul, in alikeness, real things; secondly, “spoken sounds” (en te phōne)…

1. I Have No Choice
In a letter sent to Alfred Schütz on January 1, 1953, Eric Voegelin raised the following question regarding the parable of the cave in Plato’s Republic: "Who compels that man to undertake the conversion, the perioagoge?" And he added the comment: "You have here the problem of grace, on the Platonic level of a transposition into…