Eric Voegelin and the Continental Tradition: Explorations in by Lee Trepanier,Steven F. Mcguire

By Lee Trepanier,Steven F. Mcguire

Twentieth-century political thinker Eric Voegelin is healthier often called a serious critic of modernity. a lot of his paintings argues that modernity is a Gnostic insurrection opposed to the basic constitution of fact. For Voegelin, “Gnosticism” is the assumption that humans can rework the character of truth via mystery wisdom and social motion, and he thought of it the crux of the obstacle of modernity. As Voegelin struggled with this situation all through his occupation, he by no means wavered in his judgment that philosophers of the trendy continental culture have been complicit within the Gnostic rebel of modernity.

But whereas Voegelin’s research of these philosophers is from time to time scathing, his paintings additionally bears marks in their impression, and Voegelin has even more in universal with the theorists of the trendy continental culture than is generally famous. Eric Voegelin and the Continental culture: Explorations in sleek Political Thought evaluates this political philosopher—one of the main unique and influential thinkers of our time—by studying his courting to the fashionable continental culture in philosophy, from Kant to Derrida.

In a compelling creation, editors Lee Trepanier and Steven F. McGuire current a evaluation of the trajectories of Voegelin’s concept and description what usually is portrayed as his derisive critique of modernity. quickly, despite the fact that, they start to resolve the similarities among Voegelin’s concept and the paintings of different thinkers within the continental culture. the next chapters discover those attainable connections via reading Voegelin’s highbrow courting to person thinkers, together with Hegel, Schelling, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and Gadamer.

The essays during this quantity transcend Voegelin’s personal examining of the fashionable philosophers to supply a reevaluation of his dating to these thinkers. In Eric Voegelin and the Continental Tradition, Voegelin’s try and grapple with the obstacle of modernity turns into clearer, and his contribution to the trendy continental culture is illuminated. The e-book gains the paintings of either confirmed and rising Voegelin students, and the essays have been selected to offer considerate and balanced exams of either Voegelin’s suggestion and the guidelines of the opposite thinkers thought of. because the first quantity to check the relationship—and miraculous commonalities—between Voegelin’s philosophy and the continental culture as a complete, this article is going to be of curiosity not just to Voegelin disciples yet to philosophers engaged by way of continental modernism and all disciplines of political philosophy.

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