New at VoegelinView this week
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A Pause for Easter The VoegelinView staff will take a break for
Easter, beginning Wednesday of Holy Week (April 4th) and
returning Wednesday of Easter Week (April 11th).
When Philosophy and Revelation become Theophanies--
We welcome Eugen L. Nagy, who brings remarkable insight to a
topic that touches on Voegelin's understanding of Easter. Søren
Kierkegaard is the figure against whom Voegelin is measured. In
this first part Nagy opens with a deft summary of Voegelinian
perceptions: "[What Voegelin] defined in Anamnesis as philosophy
and revelation are conceptualized now as "noetic" and "pneumatic"
theophanies, respectively." Read this week part 1 of "Noesis and
Faith: Eric Voegelin and Søren Kierkegaard."
Some Hints for Those Intent on Mastering Chinese--
Max Arnott returns this week with a restrained account of his
struggles to learn Chinese. He finds that learning the characters
and learning the language are two different undertakings, and he
observes: "Everyone has heard of the Tones of Chinese and how
difficult they are. Well, they are." Read this week part 1 of
Dogmatic Liberalism Doesn't Work--
Eric Voegelin sums up liberalism and reminds those who would
impose liberalism elsewhere:"The catastrophe of its exportation
to non-Western societies plays itself out for all to see." And
for those who would trifle with religion in the US: "There has
been implemented a positive policy of religious freedom and
freedom of conscience for everyone, limited only by the mores of
the society and the penal law." Read this week part 3 of "What is
What is a Rose?
Brendan Purcell concludes his study of the ontological omissions
that underly the errors of scientism and reductionism: "When a
Richard Dawkins insists that unless an issue is decided on the
basis of evidence, his presumption is that the only kind of
evidence is that required by, say physics or biology." Read this
week Part 3 of "World Process and the Anthropic Principle."
on the Inside
The US Government's Secret War--
Sometimes fiction is too close to the truth. With that in mind we
invite the reader to consider an imaginary law and its
implementation that would have fitted seemlessly into the world
of George Orwell's 1984 and, perhaps, into our own society as it
is trending today. Read in The Lighter Side "The War on
KudzuSic semper tyrannis."
"It was here. This was the setting and the time . . ."
Poetry Editor Thomas D'Evelyn offers Wallace Stevens' description
of the quotidian environment that fosters poetic creativity. Read
in Poetry this week "A Quiet Normal Life."
Do You Prefer Chess or Pinochle?
After discussing the difficulties in penetrating Hegel, Eric
Voegelin offers "I flatly state that Marx was consciously an
intellectual swindler." The discussion turns to reflections on
Political Religions (1938) and The Authoritarian State (1936).
Listen in Audio to Part 7 of "Autobiographical Reflections."
Aren't We being Duped? Isn't it all about Oil?
Jonathan Wensveen reviews for us Among the Truthers, a new book
about conspiracy theorists that examines some contemporary as
well as perennial contributing causes: "The premise that no
outcome is unintended, fundamentally transforms the activity of
interpreting reality into systematically explaining it." Read in
Book Reviews this week "Conspiracism's Gnostic Roots."
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Happy Easter to all,
- 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"