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January 18, 2018    


Life Mask of Eric Voegelin

Philosopher of History


Photo Essay from the Eric Voegelin Society Annual Meeting held in Toronto, Canada, September 3-6, 2009. There are pages devoted to Younger Scholars, Panel Chairs, Panels, Panelists and the EVS Business meeting. Enjoy! We hope to present commentary at VoegelinView.com.

Photo Essay from the Eric Voegelin Society Annual Meeting in Chicago, September 2nd to September 5th, 2004.

Then there was
the Berghoff Restaurant on Friday, Sept. 3rd.

Photo Essay from the Eric Voegelin Society Annual Meeting in Boston, August 29th to September 1st, 2002.

Then there was
The Lighter Side in Boston

Also See Photos From EVS in San Francisco, 2001.

A Quote for the Season—

. . . beginning with the nineteenth century, we have a peculiar development of historical constructions in which all previous history is thrown out. A sort of original beginning is made, always in the present, with the present state of consciousness, be it in the Hegelian, or the Comtean, or the Marxian system, or any of the other ideological systems of the nineteenth century—a sort of apocalyptic construction by which all past history is thrown out as more or less irrelevant, or having its relevance only as leading up to its present point, the modern point in which we all have to live. Living on a point, throwing out all past history, that is perhaps the characteristic of the modern apocalyptic mood.
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The materials reproduced here, except where otherwise indicated, are reprinted from The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin, Vols. 1-34, by permission of the University of Missouri Press. Copyright © 1989-2009 by the Curators of the University of Missouri.

A Few Comments about the Site

My Autographed Copy of The New Science of Politics

The frontispiece of my autographed copy of The New Science of Politics .

As an undergraduate at Notre Dame more than forty years ago, I enrolled in a political science survey course entitled "The New Science of Politics." The professor was visiting from Munich and his little book bearing the same title, was the class text. It immediately became apparent that this man was different from any other teacher I had ever had. His breadth of knowledge, his depth of understanding, his clear exposition and his passion for truth affected me in many ways.

So how does an amateur express his appreciation for what Eric Voegelin has done? I thought it would be good to put some of his more memorable insights here for those who might be interested. Perhaps some will want to read his books.

Eric Voegelin usually presented both theoretical analysis and characterization of individuals in the same study. I have sometimes presented only one, as in his characterization of Voltaire.

To assist the reader, a Bibliographic Key has been prepared for the volumes referred to at the end of each quotation.  Clicking on the link will take you to the Bibliography Key.  Once in the bibliography, clicking on the book title will take you to its table of contents. Likewise all the volume indexes may be searched by clicking on the link.  Or they may be searched directly at the Index List page.

I have taken the liberty to break up very long paragraphs into shorter ones so they will be more easily read in the web format.

In the newly published correspondence between Voegelin and the great literary critic Robert B. Heilman, the latter offers a nice appreciation of Voegelin's literary gifts.