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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…


Our subject of “Common Sense Philosophy and Politics in America” suggests a number of important questions about the rational basis of society, the practical role of philosophy in politics, and American identity and order. Here are the key relevant questions as I see them, in what strikes me as their natural logical sequence:

What is common sense?
What is common…

America and the Political Philosophy of Common Sense. Scott Philip Segrest. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2009.
 
Scott Segrest begins with the remark that it will be a study of the “significance of something called common sense philosophy.” The common sense philosophy he has in mind is that of the Scottish realist thinkers in the philosophical tradition of Thomas Reid.…


The Religious Character of American Progressivism
The analysis of progressivism given by Eric Voegelin six decades ago in his New Science of Politics remains illuminating even today.  The animating center of progressivism, he said, is the Christian idea of history gutted of spiritual substance and turned from its original destination. The original idea, classically articulated by St. Augustine, was that the…


The philosophical and political import of common sense is strikingly suggested in a passage from Eric Voegelin's Autobiographical Reflections. The passage has the additional merit of highlighting the surprising philosophic richness of American culture and outlook. As a young German scholar studying in America at Columbia University around 1922, Voegelin found himself "overwhelmed by a new [cultural and intellectual] world…