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Introduction
The purpose of this essay is to examine the legacy of Moses as a political leader in search of political order.  The Mosaic conflict with the Pharaonic world is of great significance to politics, although it has not attracted much interest from political scientists.  This field of study demands highly developed research skills in areas usually considered beyond the pale…

Eric Voegelin and the Continental Tradition: Explorations in Modern Political Thought. Lee Trepanier and Steven F. McGuire, editors. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2010.
 
Originality and independence of thought are  evident  within  the  continental tradition. Yet the search for freedom and for truth has been marked by growing concerns about the possible collapse of modern Western society. Conscious reflection on…

This article presents an analysis of Sima Qian’s account of Shang Yang’s proposal for fundamental reform, a passage from the Records of the Grand Historian. Shang Yang (390-338 BCE) was a political theorist and statesman: he engineered and executed the fundamental reform of Qin, which facilitated it to become a hegemon in less than two decades. Contingent on the reform…

Eric Voegelin wrote about China, once taught courses related to China, and even could read Chinese text. Nevertheless, he never traveled to China. During his life time, he might not expect that his ideas would have important impact on China.
In the past several years, however, the name of Eric Voegelin has begun to be discussed more and more in the…

Eric Voegelin was a German-born political theorist who fled Nazi persecution and immigrated to the United States in 1938, where he had a long and productive academic career. He is widely considered one of the most insightful political scientists of the twentieth century, but is sadly not as well known as other contemporaries like Leo Strauss or Hannah Arendt. This…

Abstract
The release of Samuel P. Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations was the occasion for quite the stir in academic circles. Perhaps more importantly, his ideas of civilizations and the incommensurability of values continues to have outsized influence on the framing of policy debates and public opinion. While initial critiques of his ideas were sharp, they have elided the deep theoretical…

Introduction: Aeschylus, the Cosmos and the Cosmion
A great gulf lies between the Minoans and Mycenaeans of the 2nd millennium B.C, on the one shore, and the Hellenes of classical times on the other. Nor is this gulf purely temporal, nor only indicative simply of an abyss of memory that already seems to have separated the civilizational descendants from their precursors.…

Book IX of The Iliad can be read as an enucleation of Achilles’ wrath. In its construction, the book opposes Achilles’ fine cholos with precedents of greater yore. It is examination of Achilles heart, which opposes all reconciliation with men, and, to paraphrase the philosopher Eric Voegelin, oozed a great black void into the already fragile themis among men[1]. The…

We have endeavored to practice the craft of biblical interpretation along the lines of our participative approach, on the premise that all forms of interpretation might be helpfully viewed as forms of participation.  Obviously the precise form of the participation varies with the particular reality in which one is participating.  Participator and that in which one is participating need to…

Readers will likely know that Jesus studies and Christology, like other fields of study, exist within an intense conflict of approaches, stemming from the social and historical vectors noted in the first chapter.  Those interested might benefit from the following map.  Like all maps, it leaves much out; too much detail, and the roadways will not appear.  Since our participative…