New at VoegelinView this week
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A Radical Refusal to Rely on Sense Experience--
We are pleased to welcome the return of Thomas McPartland to
Voegelinview. He undertakes to show us how Bernard Lonergan's
philosophy of consciousness enables us to grasp Eric Voegelin's
approach to religious experience: "The energies . . . are so
potent that negotiating the religious dimension of existence may
require the utmost care and the most delicate and nuanced
understanding . . . Read "Religious Experience and Historicity:
Part 1 Religious Experience as a Constant."
Embarrassing but Instructive Derailments--
Barry Cooper turns this week to Eric Voegelin's review of Hannah
Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism. Despite the invaluable
accumulation of evidence, her theoretical treatment left much to
be desired: "[Spiritual] diseases. . . are not caused by
superfluousness or resentment. On the contrary, superfluity and
resentment are symptoms of the spiritual disease. . . . Arendt
was aware of the problem, or she would not have mentioned it. But
she was not aware of its significance. Read part 3 of "The
Methods of Voegelin, Strauss and Arendt."
Acting as if we have an Ultimate Purpose--
We turn this week to the famous Eric Voegelin lecture in which he
lucidly presents the fundamental questions in both philosophy and
political science. Among his observations: [Students] act as if
their lives made sense immortally, even if they deny immortality,
deny the existence of a psyche, deny the existence of a Divinity
. . . . One shouldn't take their agnosticism too seriously,
because in fact they act as if they were not agnostics! " Read
this week "In Search of the Ground: Part 1 Causation, Infinite
Regression and Rational Action."
The Rubble of the Symbols from Past Remembrance--
Frederick Lawrence's concludes his examination of Voegelin,
focussing now on the aptness of Voegelin's appraisal of the
theology and ecclesiology of the Church: "And so the whole
tendency of Voegelin's approach is in fundamental harmony with
contemporary theology's attempts to recover the mystery of the
Church." Read this week part 3 of "Eric Voegelin: Mystical
Philosopher and Scientist."
on the Inside
". . . theres no stopping the undoing. . ."
Poetry Editor Thomas D'Evelyn offers us an Irishwoman's take on
that old expression, "Clothes make the man," except in this case,
it is about undoing and restoring oneself as a person. Read in
Poetry this week Sinéad Morrissey's "Clothes."
Accepting the Failure of the Cartesian--
Arpad Szakolczai concludes his analysis of the Voegelin-Schütz
correspondence by showing the patient process by which Voegelin
persuaded Schütz to agree with him: " [A late Schütz letter]
stated, in no uncertain terms, the central importance the reading
of Voegelins work had [for him]: from no work of our time have
I profited so much, or derived so much pleasure, as I have from
yours." Read in Book Reviews this week part 2 of "Eric Voegelin
and Alfred Schütz: A Friendship That Lasted a Lifetime." Part 1
may also be read HERE.
Courage in Postmodern Times Part 2
Rouven Steeves concludes his review of Richard Avramenko's
Courage: the Politics of Life and Limb, with gentle reservations,
among them: "The reasons for jumping from Greek antiquity to
modernity without so much as a note explaining why the
intervening two thousand or so years pass by without due analysis
remains unaddressed, though this lacuna in Avramenkos work
demands attention." Read in Book Reviews this week part 2 of
"Courage in Postmodern Times." And part 1 of the review may be
A Sea of Ignorance--
We welcome the return of William Petropulos to VoegelinView. In
his Letter from Munich he reports on a day-long conference held
on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the publication of
Eric Voegelin's The New Science of Politics. There was both
enthusiasm and incomprehension: "It is very difficult to reach
people who have never thought about faith in any but a dogmatic
way." Read in Commentary this week "Commanding the Tides."
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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"