9780826212450

Modernity Without Restraint: The Political Religions, the New Science of Politics, and Science, Politics, and Gnosticism

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    9780826212450

  • ISBN10:

    082621245X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-11-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Missouri Pr
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Summary

Published together for the first time in one volume are Eric Voegelin'sPolitical Religions,The New Science of Politics, andScience, Politics, and Gnosticism.Political Religionswas first published in 1938 in Vienna, the year of Voegelin's forced emigration from Austria to the United States.The New Science of Politicswas written in 1952 and established Voegelin's reputation as a political philosopher in America.Science, Politics, and Gnosticismwas Voegelin's Inaugural Lecture at the University of Munich in 1958 and introduced him to the West German intellectual public. Although these books were written during remarkably different historical circumstances of Voegelin's life, all three present an analysis of modern Western civilization that has lost its spiritual foundations and is challenged by various ideological persuasions. Voegelin critiques in these texts a "modernity without restraint." It is a modernity with Hegelian, Marxian, Nietzschean, Heideggerian, positivist, Fascist, and other predominantly German characteristics. The author confronts this modernity with Western meaning as it emerged in ancient Greece, Rome, Israel, and Christianity and became transformed in the European Middle Ages, the Italian Renaissance, and the Anglo- American political formation. This three-in-one volume delves into the intellectual and spiritual complications of modernity, tracing its evolution from the ancient civilizations to the twentieth century. In his substantial new introduction, Manfred Henningsen explores the experiential background that motivated Voegelin's theoretical analyses and the new relevance that his work has gained in recent years with the unexpected collapse of state socialism in East Germany, Eastern Europe, and the Soviet Union.Modernity without Restraintwill be a valuable addition to intellectual history and Voegelin studies.

Author Biography

Eric Voegelin (1901-1985) was one of the most original and influential philosophers of our time. Born in Cologne, Germany, he studied at the University of Vienna, where he became a professor of political science in the Faculty of Law. In 1938, he and his wife, fleeing Hitler, immigrated to the United States. They became American citizens in 1944. Voegelin spent much of his career at Louisiana State University, the University of Munich, and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. During his lifetime he published many books and more than one hundred articles.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Editor's Introduction
1(18)
The Political Religions
19(56)
The New Science of Politics: An Introduction
75(168)
Science, Politics, and Gnosticism: Two Essays
243(72)
Index 315

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