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Although Augustine wrote several books that are dialogues his Confessions, composed as a prayer, does not at first seem to be one of them.  It appears rather to be a lengthy monologue addressed to God in which Augustine, in order to inspire in his readers a similar metanoia, reprises his internal peregrinatio that culminated, midway through the book, in the…

The question of history is among the most important, but also the most complex, in the philosophy of Eric Voegelin. I am not certain that he ever formulated a united and definitive theory on this question. Since the 1930s, Voegelin had been recognized as a scholar in the history of ideas. His two volumes on the idea of race published…

St. Augustine and Varro's Civil Theology
It is curious that both Saint Ambrose and Saint Augustine, while bitterly engaged in the struggle for existential representation of Christianity, should have been almost completely blind to the nature of the issue [that the Romans had their own theology, though it was more compact.]. Nothing seemed to be at stake but the truth of…

Cosmopolitanism Today
The word cosmopolitan implies that the world itself can be regarded as a polis or political community and that it is possible for the human being to live as a citizen (polites) of the world. For its proponents, this ideal of universal citizenship is associated with enlightenment and sophistica­tion, the liberation of the heart and mind from parochial prejudice…


A Modern Father of the Church?
At the international Voegelin conference held at the University of Manchester, England, in July 1994, two distinguished Voegelin schol­ars presented dramatically opposed interpretations of Voegelin’s fundamental enterprise. Paul Caringella maintained that Voegelin was a master of meditative exegesis and anamnetic experiment.1
In Caringella's words, "Voegelin’s 'New Science' of order, personal, social and historical order, his philosophy…

Restoring the Augustinian Analysis

Reinhold Niebuhr’s neo-Augustinian realism has held sway among realist intellectuals and statesmen for over half a century. Recent scholarship has even uncovered a close friendship between Niebuhr and Hans Morgenthau, who went so far as to call Niebuhr his pastor.1 One of my colleagues once told me that Bill Clinton had admitted to him that Niebuhr's Moral…

[Sartre] is not interesting. He's not to be compared with Albert Camus; He was a thinker!
-Eric Voegelin, "In Search of the Ground" 
 
The Psychological Experience of St. Augustine
Before demonstrating how the evolution that we have attempted to retrace finds in Augustinianism one of its most admirable formulas, it is necessary for us to consider the Neoplatonism of Saint Augustine. Let us…