Philosophy, Literature, and Politics: Essays Honoring Ellis Sandoz

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The essays in this collection honor Professor Ellis Sandoz, Hermann Moyse Jr. Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Louisiana State University, and founding director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies, an institute located at Louisiana State University and devoted to research and publication in the fields of political philosophy, constitutional law, and Voegelin studies. Without the tireless leadership—both academic and economic—of Ellis Sandoz, who was one of Eric Voegelin’s early students and his first American doctoral candidate at the University of Munich, the thirty-four volumes of The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin would never have neared completion within only twenty years of Voegelin’s death.

The authors of the essays, some of the most respected scholars in the field of political philosophy, hail from Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, and the United States. They have known Sandoz in a variety of ways: as former students, as beneficiaries of his work on constitutionalism, as fellow participants in the publication of The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin, as philosophical colleagues, as participating members of the Eric Voegelin Society, and finally as friends.

The essays, each written especially for this volume, are grouped into the disciplines of philosophy, literature, and politics and range widely across these subjects, exploring writers as diverse as Xenophon, Natsume Soseki, Freud, and George Santayana and topics ranging from the leadership style of François Mitterrand and the Velvet Revolution to the nature of the Law and of the Political.

Philosophy, Literature, and Politics is a fitting tribute to a man whose life’s work has been formed by commitment to the philosophical enterprise and by a conviction in Eric Voegelin’s contribution to that enterprise. The seventeen essays in this collection will be of particular interest to scholars of politics, comparative government, Japanese studies, political philosophy, and literary criticism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826215925
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 5/24/2005
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles R. Embry is Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University-Commerce and the editor of Robert B. Heilman and Eric Voegelin: A Friendship in Letters, 1944-1984 (University of Missouri Press).

Barry Cooper is Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including most recently New Political Religions, or an Analysis of Modern Terrorism (University of Missouri Press).

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Table of Contents

Publisher's note
1 The turn toward existence as existence in the turn 3
2 Hunting and political philosophy : an interpretation of the Kynegetikos 28
3 The (anti-)eschatological perspective in sigmund freud's psychoanalysis 54
4 Eric Voegelin's defense of human dignity 74
5 Eric Voegelin and a new science of politics 91
6 The big mystery : human emergence as cosmic metaxy 102
7 A discipline of the mind and heart : Voegelin and Santayana as philosophers of experience 129
8 Compactness, poetic ambiguity, and the fiction of Robert Penn Warren 146
9 Biographies of consciousness : Peter Nadas and Eric Voegelin 170
10 Imagining modern Japan : Natsume Soseki's first trilogy 188
11 The concept of "the political" revisited 209
12 Eric Voegelin on the nature of law 223
13 A classical prince : the style of Francois Mitterrand 234
14 Common sense and the rule of law : returning Voegelin to Central Europe 258
15 Civilizational conflict and spiritual disorder 285
16 Voegelin's Puritan gnosticism and Bacon's Great instauration 302
17 History as open horizon : Eric Voegelin's search for a post-imperial order 325
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