For those who have not visited VoegelinView this week: NEW “But I m afraid . . . your Christian message passes me by. Promise Hsu surveys for his ChineseMessage 1 of 129 , May 12View SourceFor those who have not visited VoegelinView this
But I'm afraid . . . your Christian message passes me by."
Promise Hsu surveys for his Chinese audience Ellis Sandoz work to make people aware of the importance of Christianity in the American founding. He then considers his own educational pilgrimage and examines modern political thinkers who avoided transcendence in their work. Finally, he considers Eric Voegelins own path of discovery, including his Chinese scholarship, while teaching in America. Read this week part 4 of The Reality of Politics and the Relevance of Voegelin.
How Voegelin is Saved by Plato--
We welcome Zdravko Planinc to VoegelinView. Professor Planinc undertakes an examination of Eric Voegelin's reading of Plato and argues that certain of Voegelin's ideas are not attributable to Plato and that certain important Platonic ideas have been neglected, but that Voegelin ultimately arrives at a result comparable to, for instance, that of Martin Buber. Read this week The Uses of Plato in Voegelin's Philosophy.
The Present State of Public Unconsciousness--
We turn this week to the last of the great Conversations that Eric Voegelin held with students at the St. Thomas More Institute in Montreal in 1976, realizing as we read that little has changed since then: If we are livingas today, for instancein a very disordered society because of the level of public debate, [the important questions] are simply not there. I always call a state like the present a state of public unconsciousness (with no possibility of public debate). The young people are caught up in it because our educational institutions are conducted in this state of unconsciousness. Read the transcript: Looking at the Big Questions: part 1- Death, Disorder, and Natural Reason.
The Trinity, the Trivium and the Comedia--
Max Arnott rejoins us with his reflections on the the life and work of Dorothy L. Sayers, most famous as a detective fiction writer: She represents a unique overlap in the Venn diagrams of the era, the only writer of that period who was a Christian and a woman and a mother and a scholar of broad experience and a popular writer and an independent operator. Read this week The Inkling Who Wasn't There.
on the Inside
"Young I was, but now am old . . ."
Poetry Editor Thomas D'Evelyn brings us a poem by Robert Herrick, a celebrated and long-lived 17th century English poet who in his old age celebrates physical eros despite his enfeebled capacity. Our editor, in his commentary, finds a parallel to Voegelin's eros, a force in Voegelin qustioned this week by Zdravko Planinc in his critique of Voegelin's use of Plato. Read in Poetry this week "On Himself."
Escaping from the Eye of Judgment--
Glenn Hughes returns to VoegelinView with his review of Roger Scruton's latest book, The Face of God. Hughes sums up Scruton's arguement: "What blocks our recognition of the world and ourselves as gifts of a transcendent God is, above all, our fear of being accountable: for ourselves, for others, for the earth, and to God. And this shows itself in all the desecrations and degradations that we visit upon each other and the environment, as well as in our relentless turning of persons, sex, natural objects, food, etc., into mere objects for consumption." Read in Book Reviews this week "Escaping from the Eye of Judgment."
How the Intellectual Revolutionary Gains His Immortality--
We present this week part 4 of the audio recording, the "Irish Dialogue with Eric Voegelin." In this brief part Voegelin explains why intellectuals create histories that culminate in their own lives: "And why am I doing that, falsifying history and so on? Because that gives me a virtual immortalitybeing on top of historyinstead of the personal immortality in which I no longer believe. It is a virtual immortality: so a substitution of being on top of history as a sense of immortality [in the place of] the lost order of existence." On the Audio page listen to part 4 of "The Irish Dialogue with Eric Voegelin."
Modernity and What has been Lost--
We welcome Bruno Godefroy to VoegelinView. He reviews for us a collection of papers delivered in 2010 in Krakow on the question of Leo Strauss's importance for understanding modernity. Among many subjects considered, he includes this observation regarding contemporary education: "[Philosophy] as a 'whole way of life' can only enter into conflict with 'the reigning paradigm in academia,' the one of 'cultural studies' i.e. 'theoretically sophisticated versions of historicism.'" Read in Book Reviews this week "The Jagellonian Conference on Leo Strauss."
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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"