Theory of Governance and Other Miscellaneous Papers, 1921-1938 (CW32) (The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin #32) (Hardcover)

Theory of Governance and Other Miscellaneous Papers, 1921-1938 (CW32) (The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin #32) By Eric Voegelin, Gilbert Weiss (Editor), William Petropulos (Editor), Jodi Cockerill (Translated by), M. J. Hanak (Translated by), Ingrid Heldt (Translated by), Elisabeth von Lochner (Translated by), Sue Bollans (Translated by) Cover Image

Theory of Governance and Other Miscellaneous Papers, 1921-1938 (CW32) (The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin #32) (Hardcover)

By Eric Voegelin, Gilbert Weiss (Editor), William Petropulos (Editor), Jodi Cockerill (Translated by), M. J. Hanak (Translated by), Ingrid Heldt (Translated by), Elisabeth von Lochner (Translated by), Sue Bollans (Translated by)

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This is book number 32 in the The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin series.

This first of two volumes of Voegelin's miscellaneous papers brings together crucial writings, published for the first time, from the early, formative period of this scholar's thought. The book begins with Voegelin's dissertation on sociological method, completed under the direction of Othmar Spann and Hans Kelsen at the University of Vienna in 1922. It reveals an intimate knowledge of the writings of Georg Simmel and a skillful use of insights gained from Edmund Husserl's Logical Investigations and Ideas.

The dissertation, and other smaller pieces written at this time, addresses problems that remained of great importance to Voegelin throughout his life: the relation of insight to language, the structure of the human being, and the human's spiritual center. They disclose both Voegelin's theoretical reference points during these early years, including the thought of Henri Bergson, Othmar Spann, Georg Simmel, and Edmund Husserl, as well the young scholar's remarkably independent approach to theoretical problems.

Moreover, this volume includes a work that is fundamental to an understanding of Voegelin's theoretical development: his extended study on the "theory of governance," written between 1930 and 1932. It follows the issues that confront political society to their roots in the soul and in the soul's relationship to the ground of being.

The Theory of Governance and Other Miscellaneous Papers presents a meditative-exegetic study of texts from Augustine, Descartes, and Husserl, early examples of the meditations that became central to Voegelin's later work. Other essays included in this volume such as "Theory of Law" and "Political Theory as Human Science" develop these theoretical insights and refine Voegelin's methodological tools. This volume will be of interest to all scholars of the work of Eric Voegelin and of the refoundation of political philosophy in the twentieth century in general.

About the Author

Eric Voegelin (1901-1985) was one of the most original and influential philosophers of our time. Born in Cologne, Germany, he studied at the University of Vienna, where he became a professor of political science in the Faculty of Law. In 1938, he and his wife, fleeing Hitler, immigrated to the United States. They became American citizens in 1944. Voegelin spent much of his career at Louisiana State University, the University of Munich, and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. During his lifetime he published many books and more than one hundred articles. The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin will make available in a uniform edition all of Voegelin's major writings.

About the Editors

William Petropulos is an independent scholar living in Munich, Germany. He has written a number of papers on the work of Eric Voegelin.

Gilbert Weiss is Research Officer with Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin, Volume 4, The Authoritarian State: An Essay on the Problem of the Austrian State (University of Missouri Press).
 

Product Details ISBN: 9780826214881
ISBN-10: 0826214886
Publisher: University of Missouri
Publication Date: January 22nd, 2004
Pages: 544
Language: English
Series: The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin