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The Human Automaton and the Living Machine--
This week Eric Wilson considers Ridley Scott's Blade Runner
(1982), a cultic and controversial film that weaves into its
texture the drama of redemption: "[It plots] the paths of Roy
[the replicant] and Deckard [the replicant destroyer], the
awakened anthropos and the anthropos asleep. Though these
characters begin as enemies, they end as compatriots." Read
"Cabbalistic Cinema -Part 2: Golem-Making in Blade Runner."
A Star in Munich--
Jodi Bruhn and Barry Cooper interviewed former students of Eric
Voegelin from his Munich years (1958-68), and offer us their
recollections: "[Even] if you were intelligent and had already
read quite a few books, it was still far beyond your own horizon.
So, at first, we didn't understand anythingor at least I didn't.
. ." Read this week part 1 of "Voegelin in Munich."
Perhaps our social networks need more than Facebook?--
This week's Conversations with Eric Voegelin offers some
memorable insights, among them: "[Relating] is not so new. It was
a postulate of Rousseau. And relating to one another in a
community without God is a transfer of the theological category
of perichoresis to human relations." Read this week "Revelation,
Community, and Corrupt Scholarship."
"The Media is lying to you, and we are part of the Media"--
We welcome back Max Arnott who exhumes for us Mad Magazine, as it
once was, and finds:alfred-e-newman "Mads adherence to the basic
tao of human morality was total. Someone remarked that under the
mask of Alfred E. Neuman was the heart of a rabbi, and there is
some truth to this." Read this week, "We All Worried."
To see what has already appeared at VoegelinView, browse Our Past
on the Inside
A Vivid Portrait through a Conversational Montage--
We welcome Jodi Bruhn who recalls for us her experience
criss-crossing Europe and interviewing Eric Voegelin's students
from those Munich years: ". . . Voegelins German and Austrian
students were able to locate Voegelin very precisely in their
intellectual milieu. . . Consistently too, the Europeans were
more forthcoming about Voegelins faults than American students
and colleagues." Read in Commentary "Voegelin
"In God's name liquid opal . . ."
This week Poetry Editor Thomas D'Evelyn brings us a poem from
contemporary Australian Poet Les A. Murray, who offers us a flash
into the beyond, a place where joy silences speech, a vision
which "radiates transcendence in its immanent actus essendi."
Read "Natal Grass."
Literary Criticism for Voegelinians--
We welcome back Lee Trepanier, who reviews for us Voegelinian
Readings of Modern Literature, a collection of literary
investigations by scholars who look at the literary portrayal of
private disorder, the recovery of public order, and the tension
of living between the poles of existence: "[In Polly Detels'
examination of de Laclos' Les liaisons Dangereuses she found
that] the divine has been banished from consciousness in these
characters and instead has been subsumed in vestigial pieties
with libertine double entendres." Read this week "Approaches to
Voegelinian Literary Analysis."
The Power of Telling Good Lies--
We are pleased to welcome back Olavo de Carvalho, who offers us a
look at the late Richard Rorty, an exemplar for the intellectual
and political swindlers of our generation: "[We leave the field]
of philosophical discussion which [he] rejects as 'Platonic' to
enter the field of the subtle imposition of wills achieved
through the repetition of slogans and the change of vocabulary."
Read this week "Mr.Rorty and his Fellow Animals."
We are also pleased to advise that the Collected Works search
engine, available in the right hand column of the home page (part
way down) is once again available.
The URL is www.voegelinview.com
- 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"