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To a large extent I appreciate Thomas Varacalli’s review of my book “Towards a Science of States: their Evolution and Properties”. Most important, perhaps, is that we agree about the present crisis in the political science discipline, a crises which according to Varacalli consists in a conflict between empiricists and political philosophers about the soul of the discipline. And therefore,…

Towards a Science of States: Their Evolution and Properties. Erik Moberg. Moberg Publications, 2014.
 
The discipline of political science is in crisis.  Since the end of the Second World War, empiricists and political philosophers have battled for the soul of the discipline. The former group has clearly won most of the battles through force of arms, though political philosophy defiantly remains…
God Religion Divine Henry II Becket

The Differentiation of Authority: The Medieval Turn Toward Existence. James Greenaway. Washington D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2012.
 
James Greenaway’s book The Differentiation of Authority: The Medieval Turn Toward Existence is a tour de force study of the process of differentiation of order during the Middle Ages, which resulted in the birth of modern Western civilization. Greenaway endeavors to show…
Russia 2

The promise of order and justice after the collapse of the Soviet Union has not been fulfilled in Putin’s Russia, with no political symbol emerging for her national identity. Various social movements and political ideologies—liberalism, communism, Russian Orthodoxy—have offered themselves to define and symbolize Russian society, but none have been able to articulate a concrete political vision that reflects a…
Pierre Manent 2

The Metamorpheses of the City: On the Western Dynamic. Pierre Manent with Marc LePain, trans. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013.
 
One of the most intriguing ways that the crisis in the Middle East has captured the attention of the West in recent years is that regional war, ethnic and sectarian strife, and governmental collapse have enabled some commentators to forecast…
Voegelin Problem of Christian Political Order Herdon


The Investiture Controversy and the Contraction of Reality
The dispute that began in the conflict between Gregory VII (d. 1085) and Henry IV (d. 1108) known as the Investiture Controversy (1000-1122) is notable for Voegelin because it illustrates some of the inherent tensions in the West and pointed in the direction that events would take.
Voegelin’s interpretation of the Investiture Controversy is…
Voegelin Problem of Christian Political Order Herdon

A Preliminary: Voegelin's "Political Ideas"
In the introduction to the History of Political Ideas, Voegelin writes, "the function proper of order is the creation of a shelter in which man may give to his life a semblance of meaning."
As such, the political idea is representative of "a little world of order, a cosmic analogy, a cosmion, leading a precarious life under…
Eric Voegelin




The wars and revolutions of the twentieth century bring to its end a period that begins with the consolidation of the Western national states in the fifteenth century.
An upheaval of such magnitude, con vulsing the whole of a civilization, affects not the institutions only but also the sentiments and beliefs that went into their building, the verities that they represent,…