Autobiographical Reflections, Revised Edition with Glossary (ERIC VOEGELIN INST SERIES)

Autobiographical Reflections, Revised Edition with Glossary (ERIC VOEGELIN INST SERIES)

Eric Voegelin

Language: English

Pages: 216

ISBN: 0826219306

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Autobiographical Reflections is a window into the mind of a man whose reassessment of the nature of history and thought has overturned traditional approaches to, and appraisals of, the Western intellectual tradition. Here we encounter the motivations for Voegelin's work, the stages in the development of his unique philosophy of consciousness, his key intellectual breakthroughs, his theory of history, and his diagnosis of the political ills of the modern age.
Included in this revised volume is a glossary of terms used in Voegelin’s writings. The glossary lists, defines, and illustrates from the author’s writings many of the key terms employed, paying particular attention to the Greek terms. Together, the glossary and enlarged index systematically include names, subjects, ideas, writings, and terms, making this volume an indispensable help for any serious study of Eric Voegelin’s oeuvre.

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level of Privatdozent. That limitation was in part responsible for the necessity of excellent men like Felix Kaufmann and Alfred Schütz to pursue their business occupations. Schütz, as I have mentioned, was a banker; Felix Kaufmann was a director of the Anglo-Persian Oil Corporation. Many of these young people, through the advent of Hitler, the fact of being thrown out of their positions, and the necessity to flee, were thrown into their business careers. The friendships formed in these years

remnants of the monasteries in Normandy. In the background, of course, were my studies in the French theory of law, especially of Léon Duguit. At that time I got my first acquaintance with the French problem of solidarité. Curiously enough, I was not yet attracted to the work of Henri Bergson, though I was already familiar with his Matière et Mémoire and his Essai sur les données immediates de la conscience. My real interest in Bergson only grew with the publication of his Les deux sources de la

thinkers who try to regain the contact that they are in danger of losing. One of the typical phenomena of the twentieth century is the event of spiritually energetic people breaking out of the dominant intellectual group in order to find the reality that has been lost. Famous cases have been, for England, the breakout of George Orwell from his intellectual surroundings; in France, the breakout of Albert Camus from the Parisian intellectual environment; in Germany, the gigantic work of Thomas Mann

�1.2). See also Existential consciousness Eros tyrannos. Lust for power (libido dominandi); in Voegelin’s commentary “the satanic double of the Socratic Eros [citing Plato, Rep. 573b, d]. . . . The desire which turns the soul toward the Good and the desire which succumbs to the fascination of Evil are intimately related” (OH, vol. 3, chap. 3, �5.3). Ersatz. Artificial, a substitute for the real thing. Eschatology. Speculation about the end of the world or about what might lie beyond existence

being Myth (mythos). Story, tale, fable. Originally any speech or account, not necessarily fictitious. In Plato’s philosophical use, an account in story form, as opposed to logos, a conceptual, analytic account. Eikos mythos (q.v.), a likely or probable story, i.e., an analogically illuminating account in the form of a story. Mytho-speculation. Voegelin’s term for speculation (especially regarding ultimate origins and ends) in the medium of myth. A combination of mythopoesis (myth-making) and

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