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  • fjjwagner
    For those who have not visited VoegelinView this week: The Death Knell of Utilitarianism-- David Walsh returns with his assessment of John Stuart Mill s
    Message 1 of 129 , Dec 6, 2010
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      For those who have not visited VoegelinView this week:

      The Death Knell of Utilitarianism--
      David Walsh returns with his assessment of John Stuart Mill's
      enduring forumlations of the meaning of liberty, while at the
      same time noting Mill lacks a coherent foundation: "He is the
      first of that characteristic pattern of contemporary liberal
      thinkers that are distinguished by their inability to
      satisfactorily account for the source of their convictions."
      Read this week part 2 of "John Stuart Mill and the Minimum
      Consensus."

      Commercial Cinema Alienates from Reality--
      We continue this week with Eric G. Wilson's analysis of gnostic
      film, beginning with The Matrix, A.I., and Dead Man:". . .films
      that purvey unbridled freedom prove even more pernicious than
      conformist movies, because rebellious films make audiences
      believe that all is well — autonomy is real, democracy reigns —
      and that no more work needs doing." Read part 2 of "Secret
      Cinema—Gnosis and Film."

      A Truly Gorgeous Mess--
      Eric Voegelin concludes a rather tongue-in-cheek discussion of
      pre-Puritan 16th Century England: "Through the fracas about . . .
      tak­ing the sacrament in one or two forms, taking it kneeling or
      stand­ing, ecclesiastical supremacy of the king. . .episcopal,
      presbyterian, and congregational organization, altars, images,
      relics, organs, and Sabbatarian holiness —the essential point
      began to dawn on the happy warriors: that they could not replace
      the pope by Scripture but only by a plurality of popes." Read
      part 3 of "Henry VIII and the First Totalitarian State—The
      Literary Chorus."

      "The Edge of Sadness and the Flavor of Strangeness"--
      Max Arnott returns with a rather forgotten book that invites us
      to dine with famous men of the past. First Erasmus returns from
      the afterlife, followed by such diverse people as Emerson and
      Robespierre: "In as far as the structure of the book . . . looks
      from one time to another, Van Loon's Lives is oddly reminiscent
      of the greatest of all imagined dinner parties, the Symposium of
      Plato." Read this week's "Guess who Came to Dinner?"

      on the Inside

      "What lovely things Thy hand hath made"--
      This week Poetry Editor Glenn Hughes offers a nineteenth century
      poem that shows when we draw near to beauty and love our words
      fail—we are forced into silence. Read Walter de la Mare's "The
      Scribe."

      A Judicial Contempt for the People--
      Colin May offers the concluding part of his reflection on a book
      advocating judicial control of our culture: "[Such a
      constitutional judge] is not concerned with virtue but takes on
      the role of an elite altruist claiming [to represent] the values
      that are common to all. . ." Read the conclusion of "Lording it
      Over Democracy: When Judges Moralize."

      If you scold the poet no one will care--
      David Palmieri shows how a literary critic's narrow reading of
      Eric Voegelin can lead to sterile results: ". . .a literary
      criticism inspired by Voegelin has to pass from the present
      judging phase to a descriptive phase, mostly using terms from
      Voegelin’s last period as a starting point." Read this week in
      Commentary, "A Voegelin Literary Criticism."

      The URL is www.voegelinview.com

      Best,

      Fritz Wagner
    • fjjwagner
      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 24, 2013
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        For 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.
         
        NEW
         
        Thinking 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 Politics
        We 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. 
         





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