New at VoegelinView this week
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One May Translate Metaxy as either [Chinese Characters]
Promise Hsu continues his wide-ranging introduction to his
Chinese audience of the thought of Eric Voegelin, moving from
Joachim of Fiore through Dostoevsky, Thomas Mann, the Council of
Chalcedon, to the practice of dying, and giving particular
attention to the question of whether man is the measure of all
things. Read this week part 2 of "The Reality of Politics."
In the Presence of Something New?
Fr. Brendan Purcell continues his examination of Piero Coda's
theology of history, pointing out similarities to Eric Voegelin
and particularly Coda's suggestion of a general recognition of
equivalent religious experience: "Today it seems as if we are in
the presence of something new, which in the future could perhaps
be understood as the beginning of a new epoch, . . .The different
religious identities, starting with those on the trunk of
Abrahamic monotheism, are entering into relation with each
other." Read "Piero Coda's Theology of History: Part 3 -A
Recognizable Equivalence to Voegelin."
The Descent into the Depth--
This week Eric Voegelin approaches the limits of the articulate
with his examination of the psyche: "The depth is fascinating as
a threat and a charmâas the abyss into which man falls when the
truth of the depth has drained from the symbols by which he
orients his life, and as the source from which a new life of the
truth and a new orientation can be drawn." Read "Equivalents of
Experience and Symbolization: Part 3- Descent into the Depth and
the Anima Mundi."
The Trinity, the Trivium and the Comedia--
Max Arnott rejoins us with his reflections on the the life and
work of Dorothy L. Sayers, most famous as a detective fiction
writer: "She represents a unique overlap in the Venn diagrams of
the era, the only writer of that period who was a Christian and a
woman and a mother and a scholar of broad experience and a
popular writer and an independent operator." Read this week "The
Inkling Who Wasn't There."
on the Inside
". . . the single fellow / who hunches darkly. . ."
Poetry Editor Thomas D'Evelyn offers us a poem of perhaps
contemptuous observation on a person who sees life in simple
terms. Read in Poetry this week Brad Leithauser's "A Candle."
Modernity and What has been Lost--
We welcome Bruno Godefroy to VoegelinView. He reviews for us a
collection of papers delivered in 2010 in Krakow on the question
of Leo Strauss's importance for understanding modernity. Among
many subjects considered, he includes this observation regarding
contemporary education: "[Philosophy] as a 'whole way of life'
can only enter into conflict with 'the reigning paradigm in
academia,' the one of 'cultural studies' i.e. 'theoretically
sophisticated versions of historicism.'" Read in Book Reviews
this week "The Jagellonian Conference on Leo Strauss."
The Boston Marathon Terrorists--
Eric Voegelin commented briefly on terrorism in his
Autobiographical Reflections. We feel his remarks may well
describe the psychology of the terror-bombers who committed their
crimes this past Monday. Read Eric Voegelin's remarks in
Human Beings Like the Rest of Us--
We welcome the return of Gene Callahan to VoegelinView. He looks
at a biography of the third and fourth Presidents of the United
States that is bound to affect our thinking: "This book's
greatest virtue . . . is that it removes Madison and Jefferson
from the realm of demi-gods, and shows them as sometimes
public-minded and sometimes partisan, sometimes far-sighted and
sometimes obtuse, sometimes virtuous and sometimes sinful: in
other words, it shows them to be human beings like the rest of
us." Read in Book Reviews this week "Madison and Jefferson."
The Philosopher as the Servant of the Gods--
We present this week part 3 of the audio recording, the "Irish
Dialogue with Eric Voegelin." In this excerpt, Voegelin discusses
the purpose of Thucydides' Peloponnesian Wars and the
irreversibility of social disease, the perduring value of
Platonic-Aristotelian philosophical analysis, etc.: "You have to
be the servant of the gods even if your society's going to
hell." Go to the Audio page to listen to part 3 of "The Irish
Dialogue with Eric 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"