New at VoegelinView this week
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The Logic of the Entire post-Kantian Unfolding--
This week, in a tour-de-force, David Walsh explores the
inevitable path of modern philosophy: "Heidegger understood that
the prioritization of being over knowing would alter the very
mode of philosophy itself." And yet, both Voegelin and Heidegger
"moved inexorably toward a divinity that no longer personally
addresses us." Read part 2 of "Voegelin and Heidegger."
"Voegelin is fiercely anti-systematic"--
Barry Cooper and Jodi Bruhn bring us interviews with former
Voegelin students about his attitude toward Christianity and his
relationship to Catholicism in particular: "He just said, Well,
Christ is a true myth. . . What I remember is that when he said
the words, that was the solution to my problem." Read part 3 of
"Voegelin at Notre Dame."
The Becoming that Issues from the Ground--
This week Eric Voegelin penetrates Aristotle's Metaphysics to lay
out for us causality beyond the usual college bumpf: "If we ask
whether the 'world' has a beginning in time or not, a
hypostatization of the order of being into an existing thing has
slipped itself into the question, since. . .there is no 'being'
and 'world'. . ." Read this week part 3 of "What is Nature?"
on the Inside
"And icicles that fret at noon. . ."--
Poetry Editor Glenn Hughes is acutely aware of the icy weather we
are enduring this week, and so, perhaps with a wink, he offers us
John Clare's "from The Shepherds Calendar: February A Thaw."
"Someone should go down there with machine guns"--
In the spirit of Barry Cooper's and Jodi Bruhn's recently
featured Voegelin at Notre Dame, Editor Fritz Wagner offers some
of his own recollections. Read "Some Memories of EV at Notre
". . .almost feel the spirit of darkness. . . "--
Alvino-Mario Fantini returns to VoegelinView after a long absence
with his impressions of the Viennese literary milieu of both a
century ago and of today, evoking for us the atmosphere of gloom
eminating from writers such as Gillparzer, Schnitzler, and
Hofmannstahl. Read his most recent "Letter from Vienna."
The Fracturing of Knowledge into Disciplinary Shards--
We welcome a new contributor, Jeffrey Polet, who considers
Alasdair MacIntyre's latest book on the plight of the modern
university: "Indeed, the relentless politicization of the secular
multiversity serves to mask [its] moral nihilism and confusion.
. ." Read in Book Reviews "The Intrinsic Incoherence of the
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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"