New at VoegelinView this week
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A Nation of Rough Riders--
Barry Cooper looks at Voegelin and American phenomena such as the
labor movement and John R. Commons: " '[The] experience of the
pioneer community' was the basis for all 'his practical and
theoretical work," and, "Likewise 'in Commons' concrete
investigations and philosophical formulations, the pioneer
society is always the first premise.' " Read part 3 of "Eric
Voegelin's Formative years: A Student in America."
Do good intentions absolve a political Intellectual?--
Eric Voegelin considers how Max Weber was able to escape the
relativistic mess in which political science found itself: ". .
.political science would be degraded to an apology for the
dubious fancies of political intellectuals, as at the time it was
and as to a very considerable extent it still is." Read part 2 of
"Max Weber and Positivism: The 'Ethics of Intention' and
The Excitement of Denying Permanent Meaning--
Glenn Hughes tells us this week how the intellectual elites are
responding to their loss of belief in God: "It can be exciting to
deny that there is any ultimately stable meaning within the scope
of human experience." Read part 3 of "The Terror of History."
"Self-expressive reality par excellence"--
Barry Cooper describes how then-student Eric Voegelin managed to
make sense of the American "open society," its roots in Natural
Law, and its pragmatic indifference to theory: "No wonder, then,
that even in the twenty-first century American religious
practices remain essential to the meaningful unity of American
life." Read "Eric Voegelin's Formative years: A Student in
America -Part 2."
To see what has already appeared at VoegelinView, browse Our Past
on the Inside
"The satin slippered historical whore"--
Poetry Editor Glenn Hughes has found a poem that comments on the
devolution of history sources from personal diaries to credit
card statements. Read Lorry Ibsen's "Truth will out."
A modern Intellectual who is also a Saint?--
David Walsh comments on the beatification of the nineteenth
century Englishman John Henry Newman: "He showed that the great
intellectual openness that drives the whole modern enterprise is
not so far from the faith that continues to form the community of
worshipers." Read "A Step Closer to Sainthood for a Modern
Intellectual" this week in Commentary.
"War Gives Peace its Security"--
Jonathan Wensveen reviews Angelo Codevilla's Advice to War
Presidents: A Remedial Course in Statecraft, which offers a basic
primer on those points of international dealings which American
foriegn policy practitioners have forgotten or never learned. For
instance, they cannot deal with Islamic fanatacism because "'. .
.ignorance of religion' qualifies as 'the defining cultural
characteristic of Americas foreign policy establishment'." Read
"More Wars and Less Peace" in Book Reviews.
Respecting the Deliberate Sense of the People--
Grant Havers considers the recent American attempts to impose
American-style democracy in the least likely places, and along
with other follies, shows that such is contrary to the tradition
and spirit of the American founding: ". . . the most
destabilizing periods in American history occurred when
particular presidents elevated one 'good' above all others."
Read "Willmoore Kendall for our Times."
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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"