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The Second Birth: On the Political Beginnings of Human Existence. Tilo Schabert. Translated by Javier Ibáñez-Noé. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.
 
Tilo Schabert’s The Second Birth is a philosopher’s book.
Lest anyone misunderstand, this is an essay written by a genuine lover of wisdom for those others who take similar care to cultivate an attitude of love toward truth, goodness, justice…

The Primacy of Persons in Politics: Empiricism & Political Philosophy. John von Heyking and Thomas Heilke, eds. Washington D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2013.

 
This work is presented as a tribute to Tilo Schabert, Emeritus Professor of Political Sciences at the University of Erlangen, well known for his work on François Mitterrand and the Mayor of Boston, Kevin White[1].…

1. I Have No Choice
In a letter sent to Alfred Schütz on January 1, 1953, Eric Voegelin raised the following question regarding the parable of the cave in Plato’s Republic: "Who compels that man to undertake the conversion, the perioagoge?" And he added the comment: "You have here the problem of grace, on the Platonic level of a transposition into…

The Primacy of Persons in Politics: Empiricism & Political Philosophy.  John von Heyking and Thomas Heilke, eds. Washington, D.C: The Catholic University of America, 2013.
 
This book comprises nine essays, the first by Tilo Schabert, followed by eight responses to his work as a whole. Schabert aims to restore focus on the persons who actually engage in politics rather than on…

How World Politics is Made: France and the Reunifcation of Germany. Tilo Schabert with Barry Cooper, ed, and John Tyler Tuttle, trans. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2009.
 
Let me state right away: this is an extraordinary book and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in contemporary European history or international relations. Its subject-matter–the role played by the French…