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Of Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax . . . and Prince William--
Max Arnott hits upon the key to his favorite subject, G.K.
Chesteron, while offering addenda to his previous review: "[What
Chesterton] was directing the reader toward (and here is the
crux) was not ideas, not notions or systems, but realities,
truths, facts, and substances. His theme was: Look at the world.
Look carefully. Isnt it great? Isnt it astonishing?" Read this
week part 2 of "A Big Round Subject."
How to Justify Cultural Revolution--
We welcome Scott Robinson to VoegelinView. He has undertaken to
examine a part of John Locke's thought that seems to be woven
into the American fabric and finds "Lockes justification for
resistance against tyranny is founded on individual, rather than,
communal sources of moral order." Read this week Part 1 of
"Redefining RebellionJohn Locke's Linguistic Slight of Hand."
When We Blind Ourselves to Evil--
In Hitler and the Germans, Eric Voegelin concludes his litany of
prevailing ecclesiastical blindness, offers hope in the writings
of Father Alfred Delp, and finally cautions: "When one attempts
to modernize . . . there always arises the evil situation of
compromising where one should not compromise. That means [today]
that this or that well-intentioned cleric. . . is taken in by
positivistic sociology or psychoanalysis or existentialism." Read
this week part 2 of "Into the Ecclesiastical Abyss: The Catholic
The American Version of Progress--
Harvey C. Mansfield concludes his sketch of Alexis de
Tocqueville's exploration of American attitudes of the 1830's,
most of which we can still find today: "In the permanent bustle
of democracy men have no leisure for [quiet meditation]. . ."
and, "Practicing a prudent and conscious mediocrity . . . they
have discovered that you can get rich by selling cheaply to all."
Read Part 2 of "Tocqueville and the Democratic Intellect."
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Today the Globalists are the Revolutionaries--
We welcome the return of Olavo de Carvalho who offers his
observations on how aspirations for transforming society are now
centered on expanding world government, although "To enlarge the
scale of a problem can never be a good means of solving it."
Read in Commentary this week "Globalist Revolutionaries."
"I am hidden from the mountain. . ."
Poetry Editor Thomas D'Evelyn offers a work of the late Denise
Levertov, prolific British-American poet and author whose
spiritual quest led her late in life to Christianity. Read in
Poetry this week, "Witness."
Rational Order and the Necessary Range of Knowledge--
Eric Voegelin enjoyed great teachers who prepared him for his
life's work: among them were Eduard Meyer, Alfred Weber, and Kurt
Hildebrandt. Voegelin also discusses the Stefan George Kreis, and
Karl Kraus' die Fackel. Listen this week to Autobiographical
Reflections, Part 3.
Escaping the Terrors of an Arbitrary God
We are pleased to welcome Alin Vara to VoegelinView. He offers us
a closely observed account of Michael Gillespie's new book, The
Theological Origins of Modernity, and concludes: "Michael
Gillespie deserves a respected place among the great innovative
minds that have dealt with genealogies of modernity." Read this
week in Book Reviews "Shaken by Nominalism."
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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"