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Our Path is Always Shadowed--
Paulette Kidder concludes her rich analysis of the unusual
structure of Bulgakov's novel, exploring his treatment of the
Passion of Christ, the role of Pilate as a stand-in for us, and
that of Margarita as a modern model of spiritual courage: . .
.human beings are not meant to enjoy an unimpeded vision of the
divine. Our path is always shadowedwe exist in a tension, not in
immediate, blinding contact with transcendence. Read this week
part 2 of "The Master and Margarita: Satire and Transcendence."
Paradise is won in every form
Klaus Vondung continues this week with an exploration of the the
apocalyptic aspirations of the avant garde, and in particular
that of the expressionists and the dadaists: "Even if
expressionism, activism, futurism, dadaism, surrealism, and
formalism in many respects differed and frequently bitterly
fought each other, they were all obligated to this basic law: to
create a new existence through a new art, not only an aesthetic
counterworld. Read about "redemption through art" in "Apocalypse
in Germany: Part 3Between the World Wars."
Escaping the Apodictic Horizon--
Eric Voegelin concludes his Introduction to the American edition
of Anamnesis with the recollection of his shocked recognition of
Husserl's "three phases" philosophy of history and what
consequently had to be done: "Husserl's apocalyptic construct had
the purpose of abolishing history thereby to justify the
exclusion of the historical dimension from the constitution of
man's consciousness; the alternative, therefore, had to
reintroduce the historical dimension Husserl wanted to exclude."
Read this week part 2 of "Remembrance of Things Past: Escaping
the Apodictic Horizon."
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
That Way You Get into a Mess--
We present this week part 2 of the audio recording, the "Irish
Dialogue with Eric Voegelin." In this excerpt, Voegelin discusses
the common misuse of terms such as "idea," "system, and "social
theory." He reviews the Aristotelian consituents of political
science. Go to the Audio page to listen to part 2 of "The Irish
Dialogue with Eric Voegelin."
". . . it must be inexhaustible and complete . . ."
Poetry Editor Thomas D'Evelyn looks once more to contemporary
poet Les A. Murray who shows us how religion is experienced as
poetry writ large and how a poem might be a microcosm of
religious experience. Read in Poetry this week "Poetry and
Bringing to the Fore the Most Fascinating Aspects--
We welcome this week Hans-Jörg Sigwart to VoegelinView. Professor
Sigwart reviews for us Barry Cooper's intellectual biography of
the young Eric Voegelin, Beginning the Quest. Among his
observations: ". . . Cooper tries to approach Voegelins early
texts with a distinct hermeneutic openness. This leaves room for
the peculiarities, the obscurities and the originality of this
early material. And it brings to the fore lines of continuity as
much as substantial changes and reorientations within Voegelins
intellectual development." Read in Book Reviews this week "For
Very Personal Reasons."
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
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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"