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    For those who have not visited VoegelinView this week: NEW The Shadow and the Reality-- Promise Hsu unfolds for his readers the history of his growing
    Message 1 of 129 , May 5, 2013
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      For those who have not visited VoegelinView this
      week:

      NEW

      The Shadow and the Reality--
      Promise Hsu unfolds for his readers the history of his growing
      understanding of Eric Voegelin's thought and reveals his rather
      astonishing experience in which Voegelin's books, supplied to him
      originally by Ellis Sandoz, were an instrument for his reception
      into Christianity. We move from exposition to meditation and back
      again and become aware that this is not the sort of essay we
      usually find. Read this week part 3 of "The Reality of Politics
      and the Relevance of Voegelin."

      Beyond The Pitch Darkness of Historical Evil--
      Fr. Brendan Purcell concludes his examination of Piero Coda's
      theology of history, turning finally to the salvific value of
      suffering: "For Coda, [St. Paul] sees Christian fraternity as
      overcoming the three separations visible in his own
      time–religious, social, and anthropological. Paul is not saying
      they are abolished, rather that what is negative in them, through
      fraternity, can be turned into human reciprocity." Read this week
      "Piero Coda's Theology of History: Part 4 –Fraternity and
      Kenosis."

      The Meditative Exegesis of Luminosity--
      This week Eric Voegelin reaches into the least accessible realm
      of existence and compels the greatest effort from his audience:
      "If we do not want the analysis to derail into misconstructions
      [we must] recognize the character of wholeness in the
      ex­perience: the experience is experienced as wholly present to
      itself. This wholeness of presence, of the experience, as a
      character in the experience itself can be suitably expressed by
      the symbol 'lumi­nosity.'" Read "Equivalents of Experience and
      Symbolization: Part 4– The Process in the Mode of Presence."

      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

      ". . . Oilgreen, dusted with sea spray . . ."
      Poetry Editor Thomas D'Evelyn turns this week to Paul Celan,the
      late 20th century poet, who describes an ancient edifice, drawing
      the past into our present. Read in Poetry "Projection of a
      Landscape."

      How the Intellectual Revolutionary Gains His Immortality--
      We present this week part 4 of the audio recording, the "Irish
      Dialogue with Eric Voegelin." In this brief part Voegelin
      explains why intellectuals create histories that culminate in
      their own lives: "And why am I doing that, falsifying history and
      so on? Because that gives me a virtual immortality –being on top
      of history–instead of the personal immortality in which I no
      longer believe. It is a virtual immortality: so a substitution of
      being on top of history as a sense of immortality [in the place
      of] the lost order of existence." On the Audio page listen to
      part 4 of "The Irish Dialogue with Eric Voegelin."

      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."

      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 URL is: www.voegelinview.com

      Best,

      Fritz Wagner
    • fjjwagner
      For those who have not visited VoegelinView this week: A Pause for Thanksgiving ù The VoegelinView staff will take a break from Thanksgiving Day (Thursday,
      Message 129 of 129 , Nov 24, 2013
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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.
         
        NEW
         
        Thinking 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 Politics
        We 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. 
         





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