In Search of Meaning: Politics and Religion in Eric Voegelin’s Thought

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Harvard Abigail Adams Institute is hosting a weekend seminar on the thought of Eric Voegelin on September 27-28, 2019.

Eric Voegelin (1901–1985) was a German-American political scientist who created a comprehensive theory of human nature, society, and history. Although his writing is difficult to understand and categorize, Voegelin remains one of the most important contemporary political philosophers whose interdisciplinary approach provides unique insights into metaphysics, epistemology, and politics. Voegelin’s focus on the symbolic nature of politics as well as his incorporation of transcendence into human experience has placed his works with the likes of Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), Leo Strauss (1899-1973), and Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900-2002). These thinkers were concerned about the “crisis of modernity”; and preoccupied with the question of metaphysics (the question of “Being”) and hermeneutics (the interpretation of texts); and looked to ancient Greek philosophy to renew philosophical thinking.

In these sessions, we hope you will be able to walk away with a fundamental understanding of the main ideas and thoughts of Eric Voegelin and prompt you to do further reading of and about his work.

The course will begin Friday, September 27th and run for six sessions through the end of Saturday, September 28th. More details are available below.

Seminar Sessions

Friday 9/27

2:00 – 3:30 PM

3:45 – 5:15 PM

Saturday 9/28

9:00 – 10:30 AM

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

12:30 – 1:30 PM (Lunch)

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

3:15 – 4:45 PM

Who Should Apply?

The course is open to advanced undergraduate, graduate, and professional students will be capped at a seminar size of fifteen participants.

This seminar is offered at no cost.

How Can I Apply?

All interested individuals can apply with the link at the bottom of the page. The applications consists of a few short questions, one academic reference, and a writing sample of up to 2,000 words.

Applications are due on September 4th, and applicants will be notified of acceptance by September 9th.

More information is available here.

Lee Trepanier

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Lee Trepanier is a Professor of Political Science and University Pre-Law Advisor at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. He is author and editor of several books and also is the editor of VoegelinView (2016-present) and editor of Lexington Books series Politics, Literature, and Film (2013-present).