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  • fjjwagner
    For those who have not visited VoegelinView this week: I think they were a kind of Club This week we present Barry Cooper s interviews with those who
    Message 1 of 129 , Mar 7, 2011
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      For those who have not visited VoegelinView this week:

      "I think they were a kind of Club"
      This week we present Barry Cooper's interviews with those who
      remembered Eric Voegelin's early years in the US and his life at
      Louisiana State University. As Eric's late wife, Lissy, recalled:
      "[Eric said] 'I'm not going to stay up in Bennington, in the
      mountains in the snow and ice where I see only fifty people and
      they hate each other.' " Read part 1 of "Voegelin at Baton
      Rouge."

      Grasping the Crisis of Modernity--
      We welcome Cyril O'Regan to VoegelinView. He has deeply
      considered Eric Voegelin's thought about G.W.F. Hegel: ". . .if
      Hegel is wrong, he is wrong in the way that only a genuine
      philosopher can be wrong, one who asks real questions, one for
      whom genuine inquiry is not alien." Read this week part 1 of
      "Voegelin and the Troubled Greatness of Hegel."

      So, Who was "Outside National Socialist Science?"
      This week Juergen Gebhardt offers a contrast between Martin
      Heidegger and Eric Voegelin, especially in answer to the
      question, "What is Man?" and discounts suggested similarities
      between them: "Eric Voegelin could neither by biography nor by
      his own testimony be counted among the intellectual offspring of
      Heidegger." Read "Heidegger, Voegelin and the Human Predicament."

      Regaining insight into the Creative Power of Nature--
      We begin an excerpt from Eric Voegelin's studies which formed the
      basis for his refutation of race theory. We are invited to
      consider the issues which underly modern biology: "nothing is
      gained with the word evolution . . . [The] beginning or origin of
      a succession of phenomena of the type of the living form is (1) a
      theoretical and speculative problem and (2) a metaphysical,
      real-ontological problem." Read part 1 of "An Exposition of the
      Species Problem."

      on the Inside

      ". . . Dead and Damned and shut in Hades . . ."
      Poetry Editor Glenn Hughes has found a poem to express
      displeasure with our recent hard and long winter. We may not be
      able to change the weather, but at least we can consign the
      weatherman to the netherworld! This week enjoy from Ambrose
      Bierce's pen an amusement he called "Weather."

      The baneful Influence of Leo Strauss--
      Grant Havers returns this week with a review of an unusual book
      on Leo Strauss: "[The author] is convinced that a meticulous
      reading of Strauss’s oeuvre proves beyond a doubt that Strauss,
      who lost several relatives in the Holocaust, was a supporter of
      Nazism. . ." Read in Book Reviews "A Final Volley in the Strauss
      Wars?"

      "Well! What do we have here today?"
      In the spirit of Barry Cooper's and Jodi Bruhn's recently
      featured Voegelin at Notre Dame, editor Fritz Wagner offers one
      more recollection–this one of his visit in later years with
      Eric's wife, Lissy, and the tale he told her about Eric. In
      Commentary read "A Visit with Lissy Voegelin."

      But for this and for that when Voegelin was in Munich--
      Voegelin scholar William Petropulos has sent us his report of a
      conference on Voegelin held in Munich at the end of this past
      January: "Those who [still] valued Voegelin were people who were
      concerned with philosophy, or religion . . ." Read this week in
      Commentary "Order and History in Bavaria."


      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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