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  • The Burkean Tradition of Strauss and Voegelin

    June 21, 2018

    Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin were scholars in the field of political philosophy, yet they did not have an explicit political teaching. They studied the great political philosophers of the past in order to learn lessons that might become living truths for us today. But Strauss and Voegelin did…

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  • The Restoration of Tradition

    June 20, 2018

    The position this essay will attempt to illustrate, if not demonstrate, is that once lost or weakened the tradition of a society can be restored only by a creative and even radical reconstruction of the tradition itself. The problem to which we address our­selves is as complex as it…

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  • Eric Voegelin: Meditation as Antidote to Gnosticism

    June 19, 2018

    “The death of the spirit is the price of progress. Nietzsche revealed this mystery of the Western apocalypse when he announced that God was dead and that He had been murdered. This Gnostic murder is constantly committed by the men who sacrifice God to civilization. The more fervently all…

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  • 34rd International Meeting of the Eric Voegelin Society, Boston 2018

    May 28, 2018

    34th International Meeting of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY, 2018 American Political Science Association Meeting, August 30-September 2 Boston, MA   David Walsh, Meeting Director [email protected]   Dear Friends, I look forward to seeing you all in Boston, or as many of you as can make it, for our annual…

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Self-Interest and Public Interest in Western Politics. Leif Lewin. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991.

 
Leif Lewin's book Self-Interest and Public Interest in Western Politics contains, as a main theme, an attack on public-choice theory. This theme, however, is not in any way revealed by the rather neutral title of the book, nor by the publisher's text on the back-cover, nor by…

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Saul Bellow

A controversial novel when it was first published, Saul Bellow’s Mr. Sammler’s Planet (1970) remains worth revisiting, even though the social and political conflicts of the 1960s have transformed themselves into an acceptable bobo ethos. With the inauguration of a new president, who was brought into office on the campaign message of hope and change, Bellow’s novel serves as a…

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In my recently released co-edited volume, A Political Companion to Saul Bellow, the contributors explore the politics and political thought of one of the seminal fiction writers of America. Exploring Saul Bellow’s politics and his thought on race, religion, gender, multiculturalism, as well as other aspects of modernity that pushed him into the conservative camp, these contributors offer fresh insights…

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Religion and Nationalism in Chinese Societies. Cheng-tian Kuo, ed. Amsterdam University Press, 2018.
 
A Varieties of Chinese Nationalisms and Their Implications on Religions
This volume is a collection of papers discussing “the origin, development, content, and implications of religion-state relations” in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong (10). The lens of using nationalism in examining state-society-religion relations works as an overarching theme…

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What can Philip Roth tell us about politics today? What can the author of The Human Stain, American Pastoral, and The Plot Against America tell us about American political life in this age of Trump? Is Roth’s work merely a fictional account of America’s past? Does his work have nothing to tell us about our present and future?
We believe this…

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Scholarly efforts to situate Philip Roth’s fiction within a political or historical framework can prove arduous and difficult. Indeed, his writing is so rich in literary innovation and places such emphasis on the independent functioning of the authorial imagination that any attempt to anchor Roth’s work within a broader context should demand great care and elaborate persuasion. This caveat has…

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Philip Roth and the American Liberal Tradition. Andy Connolly. Lexington Books, 2017.
 
Since January 2017, some of us may have felt the urge to re-visit, either in our minds or physically, the National Mall in Washington, D.C., “to convince [ourselves] that nothing had changed other than that” Donald J. Trump is now in office (Roth, 2004, 5). And we may still…

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Justice as Friendship: A Theory of Law. Seow Hon Tan. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2015.
 
The field of study delineated by the theory of law is among the most relevant of philosophic disciplines given the proliferation of both legislative judicial review and quasi-judicial administrative tribunals, but is also rather derivative, drawing heavily on more general philosophic positions such as positivism,…

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sojourns in the western twilight

Sojourns in the Western Twilight: Essays in Honor of Tom Darby. Robert C. Sibley and Janice Freamo, eds.  Eastern Townships, Québec: Fermentation Press, 2016.
 
Sojourns in the Western Twilight: Essays in Honor of Tom Darby is, as co-editors Robert C. Sibley and Janice Freamo state in the Introduction, an homage to Tom Darby (the much-loved Professor of Political Theory at Carleton…

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David Edward Tabachnick,‎ Leah Bradshaw

Citizenship and Multiculturalism in Western Liberal Democracies. David Edward Tabachnick and Leah Bradshaw, eds.,  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017.
 
Multiculturalism is among the ambivalences of our time. The word refers to the fact of ethnic, linguistic, and religious diversity in political communities. In this sense, it is a sociological category. What types of diversity are embraced in this factual account is…

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