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Liberty without Vulgar Liberalism--
This week Promise Hsu explains to his Chinese readers how his
research led him to relate Christ to liberty and freedom: What I
did not expect in a deeper sense was that . . . I would be drawn
to know about those who have been attracted not just to the roots
of liberty and freedom but also to divine reality and have more
or less done the work of a watchman. Read part 5 of The
Reality of Politics and the Relevance of Voegelin.
A Film's Stunning Accomplishment--
We are pleased to welcome Chris Morrissey to VoegelinView.
Professor Morrissey offers us a meditation in which he finds
compelling similarities between a film of Terrence Malik, Tree of
Life, and the thought of Eric Voegelin, both of whom try to
recovery reality by pointing to experience rather than the worn
symbols of the past: ''Whether or not Malick has been reading
Voegelin, [the film's] stunning accomplishment is to root
cinematic experience firmly in the basis of the real human
experience of a soul in relation to the divine." Read this week
"Between the Beginning and the Beyond.
The Murder of God for the sake of Pornography--
We continue the last Conversations that Eric Voegelin held with
students at the St. Thomas More Institute in Montreal in 1976.
Among his remarks: "The better minds in the history of mankind
know quite well what they are doing and saying; they are
developing the language. But all these things have fallen into
public unconsciousness because nobody reads books these days,"
and, "So these sequels [of ] regicide, deicide, homicide, for the
purpose of the pornographic existencethat is the danger." Read
this week "Looking at the Big Questions: part 2- Reason,
Divertissements and Pornographic Murder."
How Voegelin is Saved by Plato--
We welcome Zdravko Planinc to VoegelinView. Professor Planinc
undertakes an examination of Eric Voegelin's reading of Plato and
argues that certain of Voegelin's ideas are not attributable to
Plato and that certain important Platonic ideas have been
neglected, but that Voegelin ultimately arrives at a result
comparable to, for instance, that of Martin Buber. Read this
week "The Uses of Plato in Voegelin's Philosophy."
on the Inside
No one is ever good enough, . . .
Poetry Editor Thomas D'Evelyn offers us the grace of a
contemporary poet who is able to find glory in our humanity, a
humanity that even in its imperfection transcends disappointments
and diversions. Read in Poetry this week Alison Brackenbury's
Is Man only a Stepping-Stone for Future Generations?
We present this week part 5 of the audio recording, the Irish
Dialogue with Eric Voegelin. In this short segment Voegelin
discusses, among other topics, Kant's arrival at the conclusion
that a theory of progress is meaningless for man. On the Audio
page listen to part 5 of The Irish Dialogue with Eric Voegelin.
Justified in the Main--
We welcome the return to VoegelinView of James Rhodes, who
considers Zdravko Planinc's The Uses of Plato in Voegelin's
Philosophy which appeared here last week. He offers us
commentary both instructive and constructive: [My assessment] is
that, at the end of the day, Zdravko still sees Voegelin as
roughly Platonic and calls upon us to complete Voegelins work,
not to reject it. Zdravko clearly recognizes himself as engaged
in the same quest that occupied Voegelin. Read in Commentary
this week One View of Zdravko Planinc's Critique of Voegelin.
Escaping from the Eye of Judgment--
Glenn Hughes returns to VoegelinView with his review of Roger
Scruton's latest book, The Face of God. Hughes sums up Scruton's
arguement: What blocks our recognition of the world and
ourselves as gifts of a transcendent God is, above all, our fear
of being accountable: for ourselves, for others, for the earth,
and to God. And this shows itself in all the desecrations and
degradations that we visit upon each other and the environment,
as well as in our relentless turning of persons, sex, natural
objects, food, etc., into mere objects for consumption.Read in
Book Reviews this week Escaping from the Eye of Judgment.
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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"