New at VoegelinView this week
- For those who have not visited VoegelinView this
VoegelinView begins Summer vacation on June 4th and will resume
September 4th. During the summer months we will feature one
Voegelin excerpt each week. We thank our contributors, editors
and advisors who have made this year a success!
Wild Justice Served--
We welcome the return of Max Arnott to VoegelinView. This week he
undertakes an examination of a very popular movie and book. Not
to give away anything in advance, we leave it to the reader to
make his own discoveries in True Grit, or, Phronesis and the
Community and the Ethics of Responsibility--
William French concludes his extended review of Glenn Moots'
Politics Reformed by highlighting the spiritual foundations of
political society: Religious community takes . . . priority over
citizenship, and sustainable political order requires communities
. . . to supply civil society with that which society cannot
itself supply: love. Today read part 2 of The Mystery of Gods
Survival in Political Order. (And part 1 may be read HERE.)
From Luminosity of Consciousness to Scotosis--
In 1973 The New Orleans Review interviewed Eric Voegelin and was
rewarded with insights on topics ranging from Trinitarian
symbolism and Hegel to man's self-understanding: It belongs to
the nature of man to assume that one is representative in what
one does. And so, representativeness must be claimed also by
those who, in fact, are deforming consciousness, and then claim
leadership for the mass of mankind. Read this week part 1 of
Recovering RealityAn Interview with Eric 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.
on the Inside
That winter is washed away--
Poetry Editor Thomas D'Evelyn has once again chosen a poem from
the pen of the 20th century American poet Wallace Stevens. In
this poem Stevens looks at Homer's Odyssey and imagines
Penelope's thoughts while she awaits the return of Ulysses. Read
in Poetry this week The World as Meditation.
Survival Outside the Bureaucracies--
We present this week part 6 of the audio recording, the Irish
Dialogue with Eric Voegelin. In this final segment Voegelin
considers, among other topics, a stark choice that may become
necesssary: [You may find yourself in a corrupt cultural
situation in which] you dont achieve anything except your own
corruption. That is the point at which what you call
interiorization may become a duty. That would not be a failure
of nerve, but an understanding of the true situation. . . . You
get bureaucracies as an assimilating forceyou may get
corrupted. On the Audio page listen to part 6 of The Irish
Dialogue with Eric Voegelin.
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.
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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This will be the last update until September.
- 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.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"