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The Nature Of The Law And Related Legal Writings

Author: Eric Voegelin
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 9780807116739
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During the course of his lifelong, wide-ranging reflections on history and philosophy, Eric Voegelin naturally was drawn to speculate on the nature of law. This volume consists of many of Voegelin's significant writings in this area, most notably the previously unpublished The Nature of the Law. Voegelin completed The Nature of the Law in 1957 while he was a member of the political science faculty of Louisiana State University and teaching a course in jurisprudence at the university's law school. In it he undertakes a philosophical analysis of the law to determine its nature, or essence, and comes to the conclusion that the law does not exist as a discrete entity but instead constitutes the structure of a society. The law, as Voegelin's analysis reveals, is not simply the command of a Leviathan handed down to others. Nor is it simply the result of a social compact among autonomous individuals or the expressed will of a majority securing its own self-defined, immediate worldly interest. It is rather a part of the order that a society discovers and specifies for itself in the effort to secure the common good. Thus laws and legal order have an integral relation with the society that declares them, for in declaring laws the society in some sense structures itself. Also included in this volume is Voegelin's detailed outline for the jurisprudence course he taught at LSU from 1954 to 1957. The outline was distributed to Voegelin's students but otherwise has not been published. In this outline Voegelin is concerned more with the criteria for legal order than he is with the nature of law. Voegelin also prepared for his jurisprudence course supplementary notes that are essentially a compact statement of his views on the law, and the editors have included those notes here. Finally, the book contains reviews, written by Voegelin in 1941 and 1942, of four books on legal science and legal philosophy.

Selected Correspondence 1950 1984

Author: Eric Voegelin
Publisher: Collected Works of Eric Voegel
ISBN: 9780826216724
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Voegelin's Munich years, while not without controversy, can be seen as the most successful time in his life, as well as his most creative and prolific as a political philosopher. During that time, Voegelin worked on volume IV of Order and History, and the letters written to successive directors of the Louisiana State University Press, as well as to friends and colleagues, give a vivid account of the changing nature of this seminal project. Voegelin's letters written between 1969 and 1984 provide compelling evidence of the intellectual vigor that characterized his work throughout his life and continued virtually undiminished until the last weeks before his death. Voegelin's realism, his sharp wit, and his superbly developed sense of irony remain evident in the correspondence throughout all these years.

Thinking Founding Moments With Leo Strauss Hannah Arendt And Eric Voegelin

Author: Eno Trimcev
Publisher: Nomos Verlag
ISBN: 384527882X
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Contemporary political theory has lost sight of founding moments by recasting the problem as illustrative of the more general creativity of politics. This book sets out to re-find founding moments by way of a dialogue between Leo Strauss, Hannah Arendt and Eric Voegelin. Bound by its beginning in the practical experience of citizens and its end in the theoretical articulation of political life, the dialogue relocates founding moments as a problem of understanding; namely, a founding moment is the result of the effort made to understand it. Since understanding proceeds dialectically, the account of founding moments that are understood must be something other than a faithful retelling of historical events. This book explores both how and why a founding moment that can be understood displaces the historical event it relates to and also examines the relationship that the founding moment retains to that historical event.

The Politics Of The Soul

Author: Glenn Hughes
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847692330
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The Politics of the Soul: Eric Voegelin on Religious Experience includes eight essays examining one of the most profound studies of religious experience to appear in the last century: that of the political philosopher Eric Voegelin. Voegelin is increasingly recognized as a political theorist of exceptional scope and erudition and the most important philosopher of his time since Toynbee, and his treatment of religious experience is a crucial part of his overall analysis of existence and history. This collection of essays by prominenet Voegelin scholars is the first book to explore the relevance of that analysis to the contemporary understanding of political theory, theology, history, and philosophy of consciousness, and as such it constitutes a significant contribution not only to Voegelin scholarship but to the current quest for theoretical foundations.

Beginning The Quest

Author: Barry Cooper
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 0826271928
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"Examines an analysis of the legal and political writing of Eric Voegelin during the 1920s and the 1930s. Cooper discusses Voegelin's first systematic effort to bring together the principles of philosophical anthropology with his understanding of comparative social science and examines Voegelin's The Authoritarian State and The New Science of Politics"--Provided by publisher.

Eric Voegelin

Author: Thomas W. Heilke
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847694280
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During his distinguished academic career, Eric Voegelin was described as the most important philosopher of history and consciousness since Toynbee; similarly, Voegelin has been interpreted by his critics using virtually every ideological label available: fascist, communist, liberal, conservative, existentialist, fideist, socialist, reactionary, Jew, Catholic, and Protestant. With startling new insights into the theoretical foundations of Voegelin's writings, Heilke's gripping analysis and compelling conclusions demonstrate how his subject was primarily a philosopher in quest of reality, and why no ideological category can grasp the core of such an intellectual journey.