New at VoegelinView this week
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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
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
CinemaGnosis 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 StateThe
"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
failwe are forced into silence. Read Walter de la Mare's "The
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
Voegelins last period as a starting point." Read this week in
Commentary, "A Voegelin Literary Criticism."
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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"