The Collected Works Of Eric Voegelin

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-10-31
  • Publisher: Univ of Missouri Pr
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This second volume of Eric Voegelinrs"s miscellaneous papers contains unpublished writings from the time of his forced emigration from Austria in 1938 until his death in 1985. The volumers"s focus is on dialogue and discussion, presenting Voegelin in the role of lecturer, discussant, and respondent. "The Drama of Humanity" presents the Walter Turner Candler Lectures delivered in four parts at Emory University in 1967. This text, a small book in itself, addresses the themes of "The Contemporary Situation," "Man in the Cosmos," "The Epiphany of Man," and "Man in Revolt," providing the reader with a good introduction to Voegelinrs"s later work. Another extensive text included in this volume is "Conversations with Eric Voegelin at the Thomas More Institute" in Montreal. These exchanges include lectures and discussions given by Voegelin between 1967 and 1976. A number of other sections offer insight into Voegelinrs"s intellectual development over a period of forty years. These include the complete "Foreword" to the second edition ofThe Political Religions,which is published here for the first time; "Notes on T. S. Eliotrs"sFour Quartets;" the "Cycle Theory and Disintegrations;" "What Is Political Theory?;" "The Spiritual and Political Future of the Western World;" "Notes on ls"Civilization and Foreign Affairs;rs"" "Structures of Consciousness;" "The Beyond and Its Parousia;" and the 1983 "Responses at the Panel Discussion of ls"The Beginning of the"" Several lengthy excerpts from conference dialogues with other scholars are also included: "The West and the Meaning of Industrial Society," "Natural Law in Political Theory," and "Man in Political Institutions." Volume 33 concludes with Voegelinrs"s "Autobiographical Statement at the Age of Eighty-Two," his last public utterance on the course of his life and his lifers"s work. By choosing dialogue as the focus of this volume, Petropulos and Weiss are able to show not only the extent to which Voegelin engaged in an exchange of ideas but also his abiding concern for the practical and theoretical conditions necessary in order for this exchange to take place.

Table of Contents

Editors' Introduction i
1. Foreword to the Second Edition of The Political Religions (1939)
2. Democracy and the Individual
3. Notes on T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets
4. Cycle Theory and Disintegration
5. What Is Political Theory?
6. The Spiritual and Political Future of the Western World
7. The West and the Meaning of Industrial Society: Excerpts from the Discussion
8. Natural Law in Political Theory: Excerpts from the Discussion
9. Man in Political Institutions: Excerpts from the Discussion
10. The Drama of Humanity 174(69)
11. Conversations with Eric Voegelin at the Thomas More Institute for Adult Education in Montreal 243(101)
12. Notes on "Civilization and Foreign Affairs" 344(7)
13. Structures of Consciousness 351(33)
14. The Meditative Origin of the Philosophical Knowledge of Order 384(12)
15. The Beyond and Its Parousia 396(19)
16. Responses at the Panel Discussion of "The Beginning of the Beginning" 415(17)
17. Autobiographical Statement at Age Eighty-Two 432(25)
Index 457

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