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The Full Panoply of Human Experience--
This week Thomas McPartland continues his consideration of
Lonergan's thought on cultural history, proposing for our
consideration historical method for the fine arts, poetry,
religion, and music, and asking, among many questions: "Would the
excessive separation of music in a culture point to an imbalanced
interpretation of the tension of immanence and transcendence?"
Read "Lonergan and Historiography -part 2: Cultural History."
Kant the Liberator? Or Kant the Problem-Solver?--
This week we welcome back Thomas Heilke who explores Voegelin's
understanding of Kant: "The danger of leaving philosophy behind
in favor of default epistemological and historiographical
constructions is already present in Kant's system building:
Kant's philosophical setting seemed itself to become a limitation
to his philosophical work." Read part 1 of "How Voegelin Read
Manipulating Our Fellow Man; Escaping by Intoxication--
In 1956 Eric Voegelin spoke on mass communications: "[Men] at
large are induced to vote for a candidate for whom they would
never vote without the psychological pressures of a campaign,"
and he asked ". . .whether intoxication through television is not
more destructive of personality than intoxication through
alcohol?" Today one might ask if the internet and social
networking abet or ameliorate the situation. Read part 1 of
"Corrupt Communications in a Democracy."
To Look Suffering Straight in the Eyes--
Meins Coetsier continues his Voegelinian analysis of Etty
Hillesum's spiritual growth amidst horror: "[The truth] is found
in balancing the variety of passages to reach a portrait that
catches the struggle between light and darkness that continued
throughout her life. . . . She did not lose contact with her
surrounding reality, including the divine reality, nor as a
writer did she become a victim of the degeneration of language."
Read part 2 of "Etty Hillesum and the Flow of Presence."
on the Inside
An Author Responds--
Glenn Moots' review of Grant Havers' Lincoln and the Politics of
Christian Charity has prompted the author to offer a response to
the review. Find the response in Book Reviews.
And see the blackthorn swim in snow . . .
Poetry Editor Glenn Hughes has found a short and sweet poem by
19th Century English poet Mary Webb that captures the moment when
Spring shows its early signs.. Read this week "Green Rain."
Avoiding Self-Righteous Political Thought
We welcome Glenn Moots who offers his review of a book recently
excerpted here at VoegelinView: "[Grant Havers] desire to inform
political practice with social particulars and Christian virtue
rather than sweeping and imprudent philosophical generalizations
is [commendable]." Read this week:"More Lincoln; Less Political
The passing of Thomas Hollweck--
We have added some photos and sketches to the obituary notice of
Professor Hollweck and saved everything as an article so it will
remain available for some time to come. The photos are from past
meetings of the Eric Voegelin Society.
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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.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"