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What Was Schelling Really Trying To Say?
Steven F. Mcguire continues his examination of Schelling and
Voegelin's understanding of him: "[Voegelin's unpublished chapter
on Schellingposthumously included in Vol 25 of The Collected
Works] also demonstrates a certain lack of clarity on Voegelin's
part concerning Schelling's most essential insight, namely, his
recognition that existence cannot be contained within thought, or
that being is prior to thinking." Read part 2 of "Freedom and
Beyond: A Study of Voegelin and Schelling."
A Dilletantism on the Important Questions--
Eric Voegelin's appraisal of Arnold Toynbee's history ends on
notes of disappointment and sadness, because the promise that was
there was never fulfilled: "[Toynbee] is sensitive to the word of
God insofar as it has become historically tangible in dogmatic
symbols and ecclesiastic institutions, but [he] does not hear the
word as spoken to him personally." Read part 3 of "Toynbee's
History as a Search for Truth."
Reading Everything that is Gentlemanly to Read--
Max Arnott concludes his appreciation of the joys of self-taught
Classical Chinese with some observations: "It is not true there
is no grammar in Chinese. What is true is that there is very
little explicit grammar. . . What the Chinese writer says is
often so terse as to be enigmatic." Read this week part 2 of
The Positive Aspects of a Parallel Universe--
T. John Jamieson concludes his examination of The Man without
Qualities, and looks at, among other things, Musil's parallel
universe: "The 'normal condition' of ordinary rationality and
[morality] is imposed by rulers, hierarchies, institutions; the
'other condition' is a supra-rational state [in which] reason and
emotion are a simple unity, as are morality and impulse." Read
this week part 3 of "Robert Musil and Eric Voegelin: Literature
and Spiritual Pathology."
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His State of Alienation is Declared to be the Real World--
Eric Voegelin considers alienation, examples of which we are now
seeing regularly in the policies of this US government. Voegelin
gives a sharp psychological portrait and points out that
alienated existence leads to the construction of systems and the
falsification of reality. And systems inevitably lead to "the
death of God." He suggest we need an inventory of falsifications.
Listen in Audio to Part 12 of "Autobiographical Reflections."
". . .When she would give me an hour of her visions. . ."
This week Poetry Editor Thomas D'Evelyn has chosen for us a poem
by contemporary Irish poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, a poem in
which she sketches her relationship to a reclusive anchorite nun.
Read in Poetry this week "Anchoress."
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 seamlessly 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."
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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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"