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  • Permanent Liminality and Modernity

    July 22, 2017

    Permanent Liminality and Modernity: Analysing the Sacrificial Carnival through Novels. Arpad Szakolczai. Abingdon, Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2017. As in the previous review, I’ll just select some of the novelists studied in Permanent Liminality and Modernity: Analysing the Sacrificial Carnival through Novels (hereafter PL), hoping thereby to convey…

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  • Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets

    July 21, 2017

    Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets. Svetlana Alexievich, tr. Bela Shayevich.  New York: Random House, 2016.   One of Dostoevsky’s more profound and even prophetic philosophical questions is posed by Ivan, the intellectual, to his younger brother Alyosha, the aspiring monk, in The Brothers Karamazov: Would he find…

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  • Flaubert’s Tentation de Saint-Antoine: Three Approaches (Part II)

    July 20, 2017

    La Tentation from a Girardian perspective. Flaubert in La Tentation has confronted the epoch, summed up in Anthony’s spiritual tribulation, in which archaic sacredness, passing through the urbanity of Hellenistic culture and mixing itself with the charisma of the Roman Empire, must acknowledge the new dispensation that accretes around…

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  • Flaubert’s Tentation de Saint-Antoine: Three Approaches (Part I)

    July 19, 2017

    Introduction: A Nameless Genre.  Gustave Flaubert’s Tentation de Saint-Antoine ou la révélation de l’âme (first version 1848; final version 1874), its sui generis character notwithstanding, belongs in a recognizable, yet largely unrecognized, genre of mid- and late-Nineteenth Century literature that includes, among other items, Charles Kingsley’s Hypatia (1850), Henrik…

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  • “Glory is My Work: Mary Oliver’s Search for Order” (Part II)

    July 18, 2017

    In Oliver’s longest poem, The Leaf and the Cloud, questioning about the meaning of beauty unfolds into an inquiry into the meaning of life and death.  The poet expresses her passionate love of beauty by asking what it is about beauty that stimulates the intensity in her soul that…

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  • “Glory is My Work: Mary Oliver’s Search for Order” (Part I)

    July 17, 2017

    Eric Voegelin developed a rich body of concepts for interpreting literary symbols.  This essay will use those concepts to interpret some of the verse of the contemporary American poet Mary Oliver.  “The poem most popular today is the fairly brief lyric poem” (APH 84).  Oliver’s oeuvre consists almost exclusively…

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  • Novels and the Sociology of the Contemporary

    July 15, 2017

    Novels and the Sociology of the Contemporary. Arpad Szakolczai. Abingdon, Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2016. Arpad Szakolczai is Professor of Sociology at University College Cork, and the first book’s subtitle is The Sociology of the Contemporary (hereafter NS) while the second occurs within a Contemporary Liminality Series. Still, all…

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  • 33rd International Meeting of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY, San Francisco 2017

    May 28, 2017

    33rd International Meeting of THE ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY, 2017 American Political Science Association Meeting,August 31-September 3 San Francisco, CA   David Walsh, Meeting Director [email protected]   Dear Friends, This is our program as it currently stands.  Please continue to update me with any changes that become necessary.  At this…

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Pax Gandhiana: The Political Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. Anthony J. Parel. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
 
It was not too long ago that scholars debated whether Gandhi could be regarded as a (political) philosopher at all. About 15 years ago, Columbia University professor Akeel Bilgrami published a splendid and widely read article that served to justify viewing Gandhi as a…

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Localism

Tractatus Politico-Philosophicus. W. Julian Korab-Karpowicz. Kęty: Marek Derewiecki, 2015.

 
Tractatus Politico-Philosophicus (Political-Philosophical Treatise), the new book by W. Julian Korab-Karpowicz, could be entitled Localism and Philosophy. [1] This is because the book offers a comprehensive philosophical alternative to the one-way logic of globalization and the neoliberal consensus that combines the ideology of the new left with corporate interests. One may call…

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Religion Christianity God Divine

Michael Allen Gillespie’s The Theological Origins of Modernity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.
 
Seeking to clarify what we mean by “modernity,” Michael Gillespie provides an intellectual history of the subject by reaching back to the late Middle Ages. Contrary to the accounts that present modernity as a radical break with the past based on reason, Gillespie provides a perspective that…

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We Answer to Another: Authority, Office, and the Image of God. David T. Koyzis. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2014.
 
It seems almost a truism that monotheism favors monarchic and hierarchical forms of political legitimacy. All authority arrives by appointment from on high. It flows down from God, who is the source of all legitimating authority, upon whomever God deigns to…

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Ryan Topping Catholic education

The Case for Catholic Education: Why Parents, Teachers, and Politicians Should Reclaim the Principles of Catholic Pedagogy. Ryan N. S. Topping. Kettering, OH: Angelico Press, 2015.
 
Ryan Topping is a fellow at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, NH. This slim book is a response to the sharp decline in Catholic primary and secondary education in North America.…

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Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian Truth. David Bentley Hart (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2003).
 
The Beauty of the Infinite is a complex and subtle work that presents an aesthetic defense of Christian rhetoric against those who embrace what David Bentley Hart calls “the metaphysics of violence”: the belief that life is inherently tragic with no possibility…

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Tyrants: A History of Power, Injustice, and Terror. Waller R. Newell. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
 
Tyrants is the third book by Waller Newell dealing specifically with the subject of tyranny. As such, it is the product of lengthy, thoughtful, and careful scholarly study spanning a number of decades. Newell’s work as a whole has been the study of…

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The Second Birth: On the Political Beginnings of Human Existence. Tilo Schabert. Translated by Javier Ibáñez-Noé. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.
 
Tilo Schabert’s The Second Birth is a philosopher’s book.
Lest anyone misunderstand, this is an essay written by a genuine lover of wisdom for those others who take similar care to cultivate an attitude of love toward truth, goodness, justice…

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The Fool of New York Michael O'Brien

The Fool of New York City.  Michael D. O’Brien.  San Francisco: Ignatius Press. 2016.
 
Those who have read some of Michael D. O’Brien’s novels might think they know what to expect in his most recent work: a devout Catholic struggling with numerous difficulties, or a lapsed or lukewarm Catholic who will eventually reawaken to fervent belief, or the war between faith…

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Russia USA

A special relationship between the United States and Russia existed during the period 2001–2002, after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. However, this relationship of cooperation quickly became adversarial and competitive because of diverging strategic interests. As the only country with the capacity to destroy the United States with its nuclear stockpile, Russia plays an important…

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