The Drama of Humanity and Other Miscellaneous Papers, 1939-1985 (CW33) (The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin #33) (Hardcover)

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The Drama of Humanity and Other Miscellaneous Papers, 1939-1985 (CW33) (The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin #33) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 33 in the The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin series.

This second volume of Eric Voegelin’s miscellaneous papers contains unpublished writings from the time of his forced emigration from Austria in 1938 until his death in 1985. The volume’s focus is on dialogue and discussion, presenting Voegelin in the role of lecturer, discussant, and respondent. “The Drama of Humanity” presents the Walter Turner Candler Lectures delivered in four parts at Emory University in 1967. This text, a small book in itself, addresses the themes of “The Contemporary Situation,” “Man in the Cosmos,” “The Epiphany of Man,” and “Man in Revolt,” providing the reader with a good introduction to Voegelin’s later work.Another extensive text included in this volume is “Conversations with Eric Voegelin at the Thomas More Institute” in Montreal. These exchanges include lectures and discussions given by Voegelin between 1967 and 1976. A number of other sections offer insight into Voegelin’s intellectual development over a period of forty years. These include the complete “Foreword” to the second edition of The Political Religions, which is published here for the first time; “Notes on T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets;” the “Cycle Theory and Disintegrations;” “What Is Political Theory?;” “The Spiritual and Political Future of the Western World;” “Notes on ‘Civilization and Foreign Affairs;’” “Structures of Consciousness;” “The Beyond and Its Parousia;” and the 1983 “Responses at the Panel Discussion of ‘The Beginning of the Beginning.’”Several lengthy excerpts from conference dialogues with other scholars are also included: “The West and the Meaning of Industrial Society,” “Natural Law in Political Theory,” and “Man in Political Institutions.” Volume 33 concludes with Voegelin’s “Autobiographical Statement at the Age of Eighty-Two,” his last public utterance on the course of his life and his life’s work. By choosing dialogue as the focus of this volume, Petropulos and Weiss are able to show not only the extent to which Voegelin engaged in an exchange of ideas but also his abiding concern for the practical and theoretical conditions necessary in order for this exchange to take place.
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 Editor William Petropulos is Fellow at the Eric Voegelin Archive at the University of Munich in Germany. He is the author or editor of several books, including, with Gilbert Weiss, The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin, Volume 32: The Theory of Governance and Other Miscellaneous Papers, 1921–1938 (University of Missouri Press).Gilbert Weiss is Assistant Professor at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Salzburg in Austria. 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: 9780826215451
ISBN-10: 0826215459
Publisher: University of Missouri
Publication Date: December 6th, 2004
Pages: 496
Language: English
Series: The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin