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The thought of Thomas Hobbes is a living force in philosophic reflection on modern politics. Yet many insist that an era of political philosophy, roughly beginning with Hobbes, is at an end or rapidly approaching it. To speak generally, but within the framework of much contemporary discourse, it is “liberalism” which is in crisis and specifically the “liberalism” which traces…
Eric Voegelin


Politics is indeed melodrama, if politics is understood as a relation between friend and foe; as a compulsion to take sides in a struggle for power. . . .
Insofar as politics actually assumes this form, and unfortunately it does all too often, the description is empirically adequate. . . .
This conception of politics, however, is in radical opposition to the…
Nominalism

The Theological Origins of Modernity. Michael Allen Gillespie. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.

 
One of the most substantial contributions to the discussion about the nature of modernity comes from Duke University professor Michael Allen Gillespie. The academic community is already well acquainted with his courageous incursions into intellectual history, such as his 1995 analysis, Nihilism before Nietzsche, and his…
Eric Voegelin

The humanists may well be right if they do not follow the classical philosophers in developing principles based on the bios theoretikos, or Christian thinkers into a conception of politics orientated toward the sanctification of life. But this question can be answered only through a closer study of their argument. I shall proceed by analysing in some detail their position…