Thomas Heilke

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Dr. Heilke is a Board Member of VoegelinView, 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, with John von Heyking, The Primacy of Persons in Politics (Catholic University, 2013) and Hunting and Weaving (St. Augustine's, 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.…

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,…

“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…

To start with the premise that the philosopher is entirely free–the govern­ing assumption of . . . all analytic philosophy–might only end with the asser­tion that what he can teach us is infinitely less than what political life requires. Conversely, to be bound to a history of ideas . . . might liberate thought and politics from the negative and…