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Suddenly There! Thirty Years of Killing Time Around Southern Alberta, 1985-2018. Barry Cooper and Ted Morton. Second Edition. Self-Published.
 
Plato, in his own voice, describes the genesis of political order:
"For I saw it was impossible to do anything without friends and loyal followers; and to find such men ready to hand would be a piece of sheer good luck, once our…

The many horrifying actions undertaken under the auspices of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) are well known to almost all who don’t deliberately avoid news reporting, so there is no need to belabor the exceptionally gory details of beheadings, crucifixions and mass killings.  However, it is significant that such atrocities are very widely regarded not only as horrifying but also…

Hunting and Weaving: Empiricism and Political Philosophy. Thomas Heilke and John von Heyking, eds. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine’s Press, 2013.
 
Thomas Heilke’s and John von Heyking’s edited volume, Hunting and Weaving: Empiricism and Political Philosophy, is a festschrift to Barry Cooper, a political scientist at the University of Calgary. The themes of hunting and weaving are ones illuminated in Cooper’s…

Peter Emberley died in Ottawa, Ontario on November 30, 2016, of a neurodegenerative disorder called Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB). The cause of DLB is unknown and there is no cure. The chief presenting symptom is cognitive dysfunction as a result of abnormal protein collections in the brain. Eventually the symptoms are similar to those of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.…

In the last decade of or so of his life, Eric Voegelin developed an interest in very early political symbolism, the symbolism of persons living in what non-paleoscientists call the Stone Age or the Ice Age. In a sense, Voegelin was simply pushing his interest in Altertumswissenschaft into ever-earlier societies. Prior to the agriculture-based cosmological empires of the Ancient Near…

The foundation for a Voegelinian understanding of 21st-century jihadism has been laid by Michael Franz and Barry Cooper, Franz’s work in relation to modern ideology in general, and Cooper’s in relation to ideologically-motivated modern terrorism, and modern jihadism in particular.[1] What follows is a brief recap of the Voegelinian framework as Franz [has] presented it and a too-brief comment on…

Barry Cooper is a formidable scholar, well known for his work in political philosophy, especially the study of Eric Voegelin, as well as for several influential books on Canadian politics. But Barry is not just an academic researcher; he has also been a significant participant in Canadian politics. Both as a scholar and a political player, he is often mentioned…

Earlier this year I was in Dublin to take part in the presentation of a Festschrift to Brendan Purcell. David Walsh, one of the editors, remarked that, among other things, such events are designed to make the honouree uncomfortable. This is certainly true in my case, and, I suspect, for other more worthy recipients.Reading immensely erudite reflections that cite this…

Beginning the Quest: Law and Politics in the Early Work of Eric Voegelin. Barry Cooper. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2009.

 
Barry Cooper’s book offers a comprehensive analysis of the early writings of the German-Austrian-American political philosopher Eric Voegelin. One of the major figures within the 20th century philosophical discourse and at the same time a highly disputed and…


Eric Voegelin and Leo Strauss

Eric Voegelin, Leo Strauss, and Hannah Arendt were all forced to flee Germany when that country fell under the sway of the National Socialists. They have been grouped together by hostile critics and by those who admired their work; their interpersonal relations have been the subject of gossip, speculation, and occasional analysis. Whatever the motives one…