New at Voegelinview this week
- 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? 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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