Thomas Heilke

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Dr. Heilke is a Board Member of VoegelinView and Associate Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Director of the Residential Graduate College at the University of British Columbia in Canada. He is author and editor of several books, with the latest being The Primacy of Persons in Politics (Catholic University Press, 2013) and Hunting and Weaving (St. Augustine's Press, 2013).

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The Reformation movements of fifteenth-century Europe have been variously described as a cultural advance, a civilizational disruption with continuities, a religious revival, a heresy of "invincible error and [perhaps] perfect good faith," and a schism and "calamity." In Karl Holl's estimation, for example, it "enriched all areas of [European] culture," from theology and philosophy to art, from history to literature.…
Wolin

Democracy and Space
I began the discussion of the metaphysics of space with a question about the location of political space in the post-modern political economy of Superpower without further comment. It is surely not the case that we could criticize the regime of Superpower for being a theatrocracy as Plato and Nietzsche criticized Athenian democracy:57 if political deliberation has any…
Wolin

In January, 2000, a 10 year old boy stood on the stage of the amphitheater in Fiesole, a small Etruscan-era hill-top town in the Italian province of Tuscany, and recited “In Flanders’ Fields,” the well-known paean to the dead at the second Battle of Ypres in 1915. A physician and second in command of the 1st Brigade Canadian Field Artillery,…
Eric Voegelin 7

IV
Alasdair MacIntyre famously argued that in the realm of ethics at least, we in the late modern period are left with a stark choice: Nietzsche or Aristotle.35 That evocation inclines one to pay especially close attention to the latter if one is reading the work of the former. With equal provocation and persuasiveness, Stanley Rosen extends MacIntyre’s claim but subtly…
Eric Voegelin 7

“Equivalences of Experience and Symbolization in History” is one of Eric Voegelin’s better-known essays, and its arguments concerning the nature —the structure, persistence, and historical constancy amidst variability— of human consciousness and reality experience certainly present one of his most important philosophical insights. But is it an insight? For the purposes of this panel, Professor Wolfgang Leidhold has proposed the…