For those who have not visited VoegelinView this week: I find I incorporate gneiss, coal, long-threaded moss. . . Poetry editor Glenn Hughes has chosen thisMessage 1 of 18 , Nov 8, 2009View SourceFor those who have not visited VoegelinView this week:
"I find I incorporate gneiss, coal, long-threaded moss. . ."
Poetry editor Glenn Hughes has chosen this week Walt
Whitman's "Song of Myself," in which nature is
breathtakingly elevated above art. Walt Whitman was
considered the great poet of democracy in 19th century
American letters. Today he is harder to place, in part
because the common man has become a rather enigmatic figure
and in part because there is less room for poetry in public
life. And might a Voegelinian sense something of an
egophanic revolt masking as "the courage to be different?"
All we've published is now collected together and linked--
We have added a small feature to VoegelinView that we are
calling Our Past Headlines. It is a separate page showing
all our headlines with their short blurbs, together with a
link to the article in question. We hope our readers will
find this feature useful. Of course there is still the site
map at the bottom of each page if a person wants to get the
big picture or locate a particular article.
We now see a similarity between Voegelin and Strauss--
"Strauss argued from the 1920s on, if you abandon the world
of the [Exile] or the understanding that the world is the
site of the Exile then you abandon a central attribute of
Judaism. This is not a position with which Voegelin would
differ" writes Barry Cooper in part 2 of his analysis of
Voegelin and his Contemporaries. Read today about Kelsen and
The Gospel as a Symbolism engendered in the Metaxy--
This week Eric Voegelin writes: "tearing the drama of
participation asunder into the biography of a Jesus in the
spatiotemporal world and eternal verities showered from
beyond would make nonsense of the existential reality that
was experienced and symbolized as the drama of the Son of
God." Read Divine Sonship and note EV's famous
non-idiomatic "not an information tendered by Jesus."
"Authority is not exhausted by power . . ."--
This week Thomas McPartland shows us the vital center of
Eric Voegelin's thought: "The philosophy of consciousness is
the foundation of political science because the
participatory consciousness of questioning is the source of
order in both personal existence and the life of the
polity." Read Noetic Science, part 3. It is especially
recommended for those of us who fell by the wayside in our
study of Aristotle. McPartland explains it so well we can
understand and perhaps even remember!
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For those who have not visited VoegelinView this week: They read with joy, then shut the book . . . This week our poetry editor has chosen The Revelation byMessage 2 of 18 , Nov 12, 2009View SourceFor those who have not visited VoegelinView this week:
They read with joy, then shut the book . . .
This week our poetry editor has chosen The Revelation by
Coventry Patmore. Patmore is considered one of the best
though least known of the Victorian poets and became
associated with the pre-Raphaelites, including among others,
Dante Gabriel Rosetti and William Holman Hunt. Can life for
most men be as somber as he portrays it?
Admitting the Permanent Imperfection of Finite Existence--
Glenn Hughes writes "one is led to despise or ignore the
world in favor of a perfection imagined to be elsewhere or
later, or one impatiently seeks the realization of
perfection in the here and now. In either case, the balance
of consciousness is lost." Read part 1 of Ezra Pound and the
balance of Consciousness in which the tools of Voegelinian
analysis are laid out before turning to Pound and his art.
The Self-sufficient ordering of Existence through Science--
This week Eric Voegelin cautions that "The spiritual desire,
in the Platonic sense, must be very strong in a young man of
our time in order to overcome the obstacles that social
pressure puts in the way of its cultivation." Read On the
Pathos of Science and the Spiritual Eunuchs.
The Apple Store beckoned and a Voegelinian worried--
The Apple people got a largish amount of cash from our
Executive Editor in return for a computer, but the
experience left a feeling of anxiety which was not quite
allayed by reading the above excerpt from EV. Read about
The Apple Store in Commentary.
The Teleological Conscription of Psychic Energy--
This week we begin a chapter in Thomas McPartland's Lonergan
and the Philosophy of Historical Existence in which he
describes Lonergan's approach to the development of the
self. "Another word for this tension is anxiety. To carry
out self-appropriation requires that we come to grips with
this permanent existential mood." Read part 1 of
Self-Appropriation in Lonergan and Voegelin.
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For those who have not visited VoegelinView this week: Drowned yesterday in a branch of sky -- How does one express the love between father and son? NotMessage 3 of 18 , Dec 3 7:44 PMView SourceFor those who have not visited VoegelinView this week:
"Drowned yesterday in a branch of sky"--
How does one express the love between father and son? Not
easily. But poetry editor Glenn Hughes has chosen something
that may come us as close as one might with words, without
falling into sentimentality. Read our second offering from
Ernest Sandeen:"Kite umbilicus."
The Ministry of Love--
"Political correctness is enforced by the state and assumes
the agent is not free to alter his behavior through
persuasion. Political correctness aims to control a self
that cannot control itself." In Canada today the Human
Rights Commissions have brought a taste of Orwell's
futuristic novel of mind control,1984, into everyday life.
Read John von Heyking's The War on Hate: The Past and Future
of Political Correctness and Liberty.
A Theory of Phenomena isn't a Philosophy of Substance--
"The evolutionary movement has a distinct anti-Christian,
secularistic flavor through the assumption that the
interpretation of man as the final link in the chain of
evolution has a bearing on the understanding of man as a
spiritual existence" writes Eric Voegelin. Read this week
Biological Phenomenalism and Charles Darwin.
Philosophy and "The Time of the Tale"
This week John von Heyking offers his review of Charles
Embry's The Philosopher and the Storyteller: Eric Voegelin
and 20th Century Literature, a consideration of the fruit of
the friendship between Eric Voegelin and literary critic
Robert B. Heilman in which Professor Embry examines Graham
Swifts Waterland, Heimito von Doderers The Demons and
Flannery OConnors The Violent Bear it Away.
"We must read a text like a painting"--
This week Hans-Georg Gadamer explains to us that In the
tragedy of Oedipus "we realize our own blindness, without
suffering the same pain of the hero; the catharsis theory of
Aristotle is much better than the moralistic account or, I
think, the elucidations by modern scientific advancement
[such as psychoanalysis]." Read part two of Hermeneutics:
the Art of Understanding and Interpreting.
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