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By Barry Cooper

ISBN-10: 0826212298

ISBN-13: 9780826212290

This crucial new paintings is a tremendous research of the basis of Eric Voegelin's political technology. Barry Cooper continues that the writings Voegelin undertook within the Forties give you the foundation for the bright publication that's one among his top recognized, the hot technology of Politics. on the time of that book's book, notwithstanding, few have been conscious of the big wisdom and entire scholarship that lay in the back of its illuminating, even supposing occasionally baffling, formulations. through targeting numerous of the main chapters in Voegelin's 8- quantity historical past of Political rules, specially the stories of Bodin, Vico, and Schelling, Cooper exhibits how these reports give you the foundation for Voegelin's concept. Investigating Voegelin's learn of Oriental affects on Western political "ideas," particularly Mongol constitutional legislations, and his research of Toynbee, Cooper seeks to illustrate the monstrous variety of fabrics Voegelin used. Cooper contends that, as with different nice thinkers, political challenge, particularly the area conflict of 1939-1945, inspired Voegelin's highbrow and religious fulfillment. He presents an research of Voegelin's quick difficulty with the process global warfare II, his skill to appreciate these dramatic occasions in a wide context, and his skill to supply an insightful account of the motives, the importance, and the results of the non secular and political illness that was once obtrusive throughout him. In Eric Voegelin and the principles of recent Political technological know-how, Cooper makes the relationship among Voegelin's political writings of the Nineteen Forties and the meditative interpretations that started to appear with the ebook of Anamnesis and with the later volumes of Order and background even more intelligible than does any current dialogue of Voegelin. students in highbrow heritage and political technology will profit drastically from this useful new addition to Voegelin stories.

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These were not happy times for Voegelin. Typical of the letters he wrote was one to Frederick A. Ogg, the head of the political science department at Wisconsin, where he had studied a little more than a decade before: My dear sir: In case there is an opening in your department I beg you to consider this letter as an application for the position. I was born on January 3, 1901, at Cologne, my father being German, and my mother Viennese. In 1910 my father came to Vienna, and I had my secondary education in that city.

Mr. Kittredge, Assistant Director of the Rockefeller Foundation, has informed me that the Foundation is ready to pay one-half of the salary, for three years, of any appointment offered to me by an American University. I should be glad to accept any position above the rank of instructor, and with any salary with which it would be possible for a small family to live on. As for personal references I may give Professor Charles E. Merriam and Harold D. Lasswell, University of Chicago; Professor Edin M.

32 Not least among the reasons was that he would be able to teach American government. In addition, he was to teach courses in comparative government, diplomatic history, and international relations; he also organized a “private seminar” along Viennese lines and gave a large number of speeches to fraternities, veterans’ organizations, womens’ clubs, and the like. In mid-April 1939, Bennington realized what a prize it had secured in Voegelin and offered to continue his appointment at more than twice the salary he would receive at Alabama.

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