For those who have not visited VoegelinView this week: NEW Human Dignity, Literacy and Politics-- Speaking to a German audience about the conditions that madeMessage 1 of 129 , Nov 5, 2012View SourceFor those who have not visited VoegelinView this
Human Dignity, Literacy and Politics--
Speaking to a German audience about the conditions that made a
Hitler possible, Eric Voegelin considers the universal question,
just as applicable in the US on the eve of a portentous
presidential election, of what happens when a person cuts himself
off from God: "One cannot de-divinize oneself without
dehumanizing oneself . . . ," and "There is illiteracy among
people who are able to read and write very well, but who, as soon
as it is a matter of understanding a problem of reason or of
spirit, or questions about right action, of justice, are
completely uncomprehending . . ." Read part 1 of "Why Democracy
A European Mania for Conceptualizing a Mystery--
Barry Cooper continues his portrayal of Eric Voegelin's two years
in America as a young scholar, where he discovered: "A lack of
concern for European philosophy . . . was part of what it meant
to be a member of a democratic community," and in this same
democratic community, "The eclipse of the dogma of a Royal God
[in favor of a mystically derived personal God] by the community
of believers was itself an expression of the form of the American
mind." Read this week part 2 of "The Young Voegelin in America."
"A Mensch trakht un Got lakhth"
Max Arnott comes brings to us this week the fruit of his quest to
acquire new languages: "It is not that there is so much written
in Yiddish itself in North America as that it was the mother
tongue of so many people influential in our mass culture. Thus
the language evokes the period, the pre-1914 Socialist movement,
Emma Goldman, Houdini, Louis B. Meyer, Meyer Lansky, and the
fearsome Harry B. Cohn. Read part 1 of "Languages Dead and
Languages Never Alive: The Yiddish Impulse.
Jesus, the Chosen People, and the "Terrible Truth"--
Sylvie Courtine-Denamy concludes her assessment of the religious
insights of Henri Bergson and Eric Voegelin: "Voegelin credits
[the prophet Jeremiah] for having a glimpse 'of the terrible
truth: that the existence of a concrete society in a definite
form will not resolve the problem of order in history, that no
chosen People in any form will be the ultimate omphalos of the
true order of mankind.' The views of Emmanuel Levinas are
considered as well. Read this week part 2 of "From Bergson to
Voegelin: The 'Chosen People' and the Universal Commonwealth."
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A Prediction both Unsettling and Accurate--
Four years ago, on Oct 7, 2008, four weeks before the 2008 US
presidential election, Voegelin scholar William Clay Riggs posted
a message to the old evForum listserve forecasting the
consequences of an Obama victory. With the 2012 election
imminent, it is perhaps useful to remind ourselves of what the
country got and how it was had. Read in Commentary "Retreat
Abroad and KulturKampf at Home."
". . . opening his eyes, he laughed, self-mockingly"
This week Poetry Editor Thomas D'Evelyn turns his attention to
the Duecento and Dante Alighieri, offering us a glimmer of heaven
through a few lines spoken by Beatrice to Dante. Enjoy in Poetry
a foretaste of the Paradiso: "This order all in wonder gaze."
Dropping Nous for Collegiality?
We bring you a report on the 28th annual meeting of the Eric
Voegelin Society held this year in Baton Rouge. Our reporter
prefers annonymity, and considering some of the observations
made, we thought it fitting to allow this. We have also activated
the long-dormant Comments app. so those who are so inclined may
add their own views. In Commentary this week read "Observations
on the 28th Annual Meeting of EVS."
How Far May the Bishops Go?
We welcome Peter Koratanski to VoegelinView. He reviews for us a
book that considers the currently topical question of episcopal
involvement in politics: "[The author argues] there is no room
for disagreement when it comes to abortion and similar intrinsic
evils. But is this true? If it is, I dont believe [he] has
persuasively shown it to be true." We also activate Comments for
this review. Read in Book Reviews this week "Church, State and
When the Media is Corrupt--
Eric Voegelin considers the nominalist faith which is separated
from experience and is uncontrolled by recourse to experience.
Since the 18th century this is the form ideology takes in the
modern intellectualsFrench, German, and American, who deeply
resent the success of the American Revolution and dream of
imposing their own revolutions. He considers the power wielded by
television media and the damage they are capable of, as in the
Viet Nam war. Listen this week in Audio to Part 21 of
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For those who have not visited VoegelinView this week: A Pause for Thanksgiving ù The VoegelinView staff will take a break from Thanksgiving Day (Thursday,Message 129 of 129 , Nov 24View SourceFor those who have not visited VoegelinView this
week:A Pause for Thanksgiving � The VoegelinView staff will take a break from Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 28th) until the following Monday, December 2nd. We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving.NEWThinking About the State is Latent High Treason--Juergen Gebhardt continues his description of Voegelin�s intellectual development and contrasts his thinking with that of Leo Strauss: �In an age of intellectual and political crisis, whatever separated Strauss and Voegelin, . . .they agreed on the philosophical importance of historical reflection in order to regain a sense of the fundamental issues of human existence.� Read part 2 of �The Timely Legacy of Voegelin and Strauss.�Suffering as the Basis for Community--Richard Avramenko and Jingcai Ying offer their portrayal of three women in Dostoevsky�s The Possessed, and find in the characters a redemptive meaning for suffering: �Love is compassion, the willingness to suffer with others . . . . By sharing others� suffering and self-sacrificing, individuals can forge a communal bond that leads to salvation.� This week read Part 2 of �Dostoevsky�s Heroines, or, on the Compassion of the Russian Woman.�Reason is left to shift for Itself--We continue Eric Voegelin�s analysis of the English loss of reality following the religious upheaval and the arrival of Newtonian physics: �When the light of faith is extinguished, the dogmatic symbols lose their luminosity of meaning and become a dead letter, a jungle of logical inconsistencies, and a collection of unverifiable propo�sitions. When the symbols no longer glow with the inner light of faith, the time has come for their examination under the external light of reason.� Read part 3 of �The English Quest for the Concrete.�The Trial of Socrates--In this chapter from his new manuscript �Knowledge, Sophistry, and Scientific Politics: Plato�s Theaetetus, Sophist, and Statesman,� James Rhodes tackles the complex problem of Plato�s critique of geometrical politics in the Eleatic dialogues. He offers a compelling explanation of how those dialogues repeat the charge of sophistry brought against Socrates by the Athenians and why Socrates �must expect death from Homeric believers.� This week read Part 2 of �The Real Name of the Stranger.�on the Inside�. . . your love, too big, sinks my song of thanks . . . �Poetry Editor Thomas D�Evelyn presents contemporary Chinese poet Xue Di, who left China following the Tianamen Square bloodshed and now reflects on his experiences in a poem in which the cry of the child is the the cry for freedom. Read this week in Poetry �Gift.�Challenging Plato�s �Platonism�Our Editor Ron Srigley explores the agreements and disagreements between James Rhodes� and Zdravko Planinc�s interpretations of the Eleatic dialogues, particularly Plato�s Statesman, which have been presented here over the past two weeks. Read in Commentary this week �Challenging Plato�s �Platonism.� �Has the Liturgical Reform been Beneficial?We are pleased to welcome back Stephen Millies to VoegelinView. He reviews for us a book that assesses the results of Vatican II after almost fifty years: �Since something little short of a war has unfolded during last five decades over how to interpret the Council, Faggioli�s claim that we can find such a key seems facile, almost too cute.� Read in Book Reviews this week �Vatican II: A Liturgical Restoration of Religious Experience.�Rationalism: the Bane of American PoliticsWe welcome Corey Abel to VoegelinView. He reviews for us Gene Callahan�s new book, Oakeshott on Rome and America. Among Abel�s observations: �Callahan does not sugar coat the fact that there is a deep incoherence in the American political tradition, and a deep incoherence in the defense of liberty offered by both libertarians and by variously styled conservatives.� Read in Book Reviews this week �A Foreshortened Tradition.�Please note that this will be the final Sunday night notice to the evforum.The URL is: http://voegelinview.com"