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Ideology is a highly misunderstood concept.  People use it all the time to describe what, or more precisely, how they think despite the fact that they may not actually be engaged in the theoretical or practical application of ideology.  By doing this, they are unwittingly giving ideology power that it doesn’t deserve, and the word itself becomes a reality every…

The memory of Eric Voegelin as a political philosopher is overshadowed in the USA and Germany by his reputation of having been a proponent of conservatism.  In both countries the conservative label sealed his intellectual image.  The ideological label is somewhat curious since neither the American nor the German conservatives had any success in recruiting him for their respective causes. …

Alfred North Whitehead, a formidable philosopher in his own right, captured the essence and vision of Plato's philosophy when he wrote in Process and Reality: An Essay in Cosmology that "the safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato." He wrote this in 1929. For serious students of Plato,…

The Substance of Plato’s Efforts to Communicate
The great theme of the Laws is the God who governs the processes of order and history, who obliges, but does not compel, man to quest for him, and who reveals himself through visions granted.  The upshot of this is that man finds himself existing in “the unfinished struggle for the truth—a struggle not…

Scholars and students of the work of Eric Voegelin, the twentieth-century political philosopher and historian who often called for a renewed engagement with classical Greek thought, will certainly be familiar with the prominent place Plato occupies in his work.  For Voegelin, Plato changed the course of history, instigating an “epochal” shift that could be opposed but never undone.  Voegelin continually…

Eric Voegelin was a first-rate scholar whose many writings span disciplinary divisions to speak to concerns ranging from politics and history to philosophy, psychology, and theology.  Although Voegelin’s writings have received attention among limited groups of scholars and philosophers, their complexity and unique trajectory has often proved to be an obstacle to a more widespread familiarity with this important force…

The many horrifying actions undertaken under the auspices of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) are well known to almost all who don’t deliberately avoid news reporting, so there is no need to belabor the exceptionally gory details of beheadings, crucifixions and mass killings.  However, it is significant that such atrocities are very widely regarded not only as horrifying but also…

Plato’s Republic. Alain Badiou with Susan Spitzer, trans. Polity Press, Cambridge, 2015.
 
Part 2: Voegelin and Girard on Badiou.
This is the second instalment in a three-part essay on the millenarian Platonism of the French philosopher Alain Badiou. What is most interesting is that Badiou has at least some conception of the millenarian question. In his little book Saint Paul: The Foundation…

Conversation and the “Turning Around of the Soul”
One of the common criticisms of the contemporary university is that it lacks individuals unwilling or incapable of conversing. Critics such as Anthony Kronman and Stephen Miller rightly observe that there’s something about contemporary culture and the contemporary university hostile to the arts or to habits of conversation. Conversation has had a place…