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Unrestricted Longing for the Infinite--
Thomas McPartland concludes his tour de force presentation of
religious consciousness as the core of human nature and of the
religious consciousness attainable by the mystic, with a warning:
"If the longing for the infinite is publicly denied, explained
away, or ridiculed, then the longing (in an act of idolatry) may
attach itself to substitute objects in the form of political
movements, pouring infinite concern onto these projects. Read
this week "Religious Experience and Historicity: Part 4Mysticism
and Basic Horizon."
"Let There Be Electricity!"
We are pleased to welcome Professor Klaus Vondung to
VoegelinView. He examines for us the apocalyptic ferver that
existed in Germany following the First World War: " [Ernst]
Jüngers position lay of course far from that of [Bertolt] Brecht
and [Johannes] Becher. What connected them to each other was the
. . . similarity of the form of their apocalyptic attempts at
solving [the crisis]. Today much of it seems absurd; but are we
so different? Read this week "Apocalypse in Germany: Part 1
Between the World Wars."
British Analysis, Carl Jung, and some Practical Advice--
Eric Voegelin offers some memorable comments during the closing
discussion with the St. Thomas More Institute students. Among his
observations: "Nobody is obliged to participate in the crisis of
his time. He can do something else," and, "Most of the problems
you have to handle are commonsense problems . . . about which you
perfectly well know what pragmatically can be done." Enjoy this
week "In Search of the Ground: Part 5 The Closing Discussion."
Voegelin's Essential Flavour--
This week Max Arnott concludes his look at the poetic in Eric
Voegelin: "But his central insight is that the phenomena of
politics and philosophy are poetic, that is, symbolic,
potentially luminous for transcendence, and working by
persuasion. This insight is, I believe, part of Voegelin's
essential flavour. It may explain why he appeals so intensely to
a limited audience, and is so widely and thoroughly ignored. That
the universe may mean more than itself, that it has a symbolic,
not to say sacramental core, is a most disquieting thought. Read
this week part 2 of "The Poetic Core of Eric Voegelin."
on the Inside
"You Have to be a Mystic to get out of the Situation"
We are pleased to offer this week the first part of an Eric
Voegelin audio recording, the famous "Irish Dialogue with Eric
Voegelin." We must give our thanks to Fr. Brendan Purcell, who
provided us with the recorded disk and who may well have held the
microphone on this memorable occasion. Go to our Audio page and
hear part 1 of "The Irish Dialogue with Eric Voegelin."
". . . beyond all cherry blossoms . . ."
Poetry Editor Thomas D'Evelyn returns this week to the orient and
an example of Medieval Japanese poetry. This poem, arresting in
its simplicity, accomplishes what it sets out to do and brings to
the reader a moment of calm detachment from the daily buzz. Read
in Poetry this week Fugiwara no Teiko's "Waka."
A Great Zeal to De-Consecrate Modernity--
We are pleased to welcome Steven P. Millies to VoegelinView.
Professor Millies reviews for us a recent book by James V.
Schall, S.J., entitled The Modern Age. Fr. Schall is himself a
well-known student of Voegelin's thought and has himself reviewed
for us. Professor Millies finds Fr. Schall's latest book to be
uncharacteristically downbeat: "Is the modern age only a
playground for the hubris of those who recognize nothing beyond
the ego, or is there a better sense in which we can understand
the modern age . . . ?" Read in Book Reviews this week "A
Pope Benedict and Eric Voegelin--
We have been sent a copy of a letter written by Josef Cardinal
Ratzinger to Eric Voegelin in 1980. We thought the retirement of
Pope Benedict offers an appropriate occasion to show this letter.
Read in Commentary this week "Benedict and Voegelin."
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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"