William Petropulos

Written by William Petropulos

William Petropulos is Research Fellow at the Voegelin Centre for the Study of Politics, Culture and Religion at the University of Munich. He is editor of Eric Voegelin's Collected Works, Volume 32: The Theory of Governance and Other Miscellaneous Papers (Missouri Press, 2004).

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God: An Autobiography as Told to a Philosopher.  Jerry L. Martin.  Doylestown, PA: Caladium Publishing Co., 2016.
God an Autobiography is a book of 360 pages divided into eleven chapters. It is prefaced by a four page account of “The Beginning” in which Jerry Martin (hereafter, JM) tells of the experience of falling in love and marrying. As a married man…
Stefan George 2

In a letter to the literary scholar Robert Heilman in 1961 Eric Voegelin expressed his agreement with the view that good literature does not merely imitate or interpret reality but is a constituent of reality. In this regard he referred to Aristotle’s observation that the poet gives us deeper insights into human nature than the historian because, while the historian…
New Science of Politics

Dear Friends,
Here is my report of the conference entitled "60 Years of Eric Voegelin’s The New Science of Politics" which took place on Saturday, December 8, 2012, at the University of Munich. The conference was held in the main building between 9:45 am and 6 pm.
The purpose of the conference was to reach out to people who had perhaps not…

Let me give you a brief summary of some of what I heard at the conference on “Eric Voegelin: Ordnung und Geschichte” at the Catholic Academy in Bavaria, January 29, 2011.
The speakers were Hans Maier, one-time professor at the Institute Voegelin founded, later Minister of Culture in Bavaria, and Professor emeritus of the University (his last post having to do…
Stefan George 1

Late in life Eric Voegelin recorded that his own work on Plato was done "in the spirit" of the Plato scholars of the Stefan George circle. [2] Today I want to talk about George's influence on the Plato scholarship of his own circle, and thereby his indirect contribution to Voegelin's understanding of Plato. The high point of George's…