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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 resilienceand 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
valuebecause it is meaningless. Each must say what he means .
. . Within three weeks the seminar gains a degree of realism that
is almost incrediblejust 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 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.
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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"