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    For those who have not visited VoegelinView this week: NEW The Reality and the Tension-- Promise Hsu concludes the description of his personal odyssey by
    Message 1 of 129 , May 26, 2013
      For those who have not visited VoegelinView this


      The Reality and the Tension--
      Promise Hsu concludes the description of his personal odyssey by
      considering the usefulness of Voegelin's theory of man living in
      the tension of existence and applying it to reach a deeper
      understanding of Jewish and Christian symbolism, particularly the
      significance of the Incarnation, reviewing along the way the
      meanings of “reason” through history. Read this week part 6 of
      “The Reality of Politics and the Relevance of Voegelin.”

      Defining and Defending America--
      At this moment of expanding revelations of political corruption
      at the highest levels of Government we can think of nothing more
      fitting than to reprise Ellis Sandoz' reflections on what it
      means to be an American: "The heart of the matter, and its most
      delicate aspect, is to connect Americanism with the biblical
      faith of Americans as the chief source of its strength and
      enduring resilience–and of its frequent arousal of anti-American
      sentiments from ideologues of every stripe, . . ." Read this week
      "Americanism –The Capacity to Resist Ideologues."

      Myth, Magic, and The Meaning of Life--
      We conclude the last of the Conversations that Eric Voegelin held
      with students at the St. Thomas More Institute. Voegelin ranges
      over many topics, including useful reminders about language: “One
      of the first rules is that no one is permitted to use the term
      ‘value’–because it is meaningless. Each must say what he means .
      . . Within three weeks the seminar gains a degree of realism that
      is almost incredible–just by skipping that one nonsense word.”
      Read this week "Looking at the Big Questions: part 3 – Myth,
      Magic, and the Meaning of Life."

      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.”

      on the Inside

      “. . . I hold on to you with both arms . . .”
      Poetry Editor Thomas D'Evelyn brings us this week a poem by a
      contemporary poet who shows us that finally, the only thing we
      will care about, is love. Read in Poetry Peter McDonald's

      “Who is the winner? Macchiavelli?”
      We welcome Anastasios Moulakis to VoegelinView. Professor
      Moulakis reviews for us Philippe Bénéton's The Kingdom Suffereth
      Violence, an imaginary dialogue among Machiavelli, Erasmus and
      St. Thomas More based on their writings: “In considering texts so
      ‘overloaded with interpretations’ as those of the three authors
      treated here, Bénéton wants to lead back to the suggestive
      complexity of their style and away from reductive foreshortened
      interpretations . . .” Read in Book Reviews this week “Wary of
      the Systematizing Spirit.”

      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 Voegelin’s 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.”

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      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
        For those who have not visited VoegelinView this
        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.
        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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