Eric Voegelin's Dialogue With The Postmoderns: Searching For by Peter A. Petrakis, Cecil L. Eubanks

By Peter A. Petrakis, Cecil L. Eubanks

  This choice of essays endeavors to generate a discussion among Eric Voegelin and different favorite twentieth-century thinkers and discover a few of the extra difficult matters in modern political thought. every one essay rests at the underlying query: is it attainable or fascinating to build or realize political foundations with no resorting to metaphysical or essentialist constructs? The advent specializes in the 2 nineteenth-century thinkers, Nietzsche and Husserl, who've framed the talk approximately modernity and postmodernity; thereafter, the ebook examines Voegelin's rules in comparison to these of different twentieth-century thinkers. mentioned in the quantity are Levinas and the priority of ethics, Ricoeur's idea of narrative illustration, Deleuze and the philosophy of immanence, Voegelin's courting to a speech- measurement idea of human habit, and Patocka's idea of pre- metaphysical transcendence in Socrates. what's going to galvanize students such a lot approximately this assortment is the provocative discussion created among Voegelin and different significant thinkers of postmodernism that addresses the problem of building foundations with out foundationalism.

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42 / Voegelin’s Dialogue with the Postmoderns not the target of his inquiries, and proceeds to investigate Dasein at the most fundamental level. Ricoeur counters that hermeneutics and phenomenology teach that such quick and direct paths to unity are impossible. One cannot simply return to an authentic experience of ontology but must first wade through the various “projections” of human beings. This is referred to as Ricoeur’s “long way” to being, as opposed to Heidegger’s “short way” to Being. The significant “justification of the long way over the short way to ontology [involves] the[ir] underlying differences in the fore-comprehension of human being.

Eric Voegelin, In Search of Order, vol. V, Order and History, ed. Ellis Sandoz, vol. 18, CW (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2000), 40. Emphasis added. 17. Eric Voegelin, “Autobiographical Memoir,” as quoted by Ellis Sandoz in The Voegelinian Revolution (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1981), 80. 34 / Voegelin’s Dialogue with the Postmoderns experience of particular individuals is unknowable. Thus, philosophy must concentrate on the symbols generated that articulate or represent human experience.

As the title indicates, this essay confronts the issue of the relationship between transcendence and immanence. Levinas and Voegelin are both harshly critical of the elimination of the summum bonum from philosophic and political thought; and both attribute the disastrous politics of the twentieth century to that elimination. Indeed, for Levinas, ethics not only precedes ontology, it precedes politics as well. Thus, the recovery of a more authentic understanding of transcendence is important for philosophy and politics.

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