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Eric Voegelin, one of today's leading political theorists and author of the contemporary classic The New Science of Politics, here contends that certain modern movements, including Positivism, Hegelianism, Marxism and the "God is Dead" movement, are variants of the Gnostic tradition of antiquity. He attempts to resolve the intellectual confusion that has resulted from the dominance of gnostic thought by clarifying the distinction between political gnosticism and the philosophy of politics. Highly provocative, this book is essential reading for students of modern politics, philosophy, and religion.
|Preface to the ISI edition|
|I||Science, politics and gnosticism||1|
|Science, politics and gnosticism||11|
|The murder of God||39|
|Note on Hegel's "philosophy of world history"||55|
|II||Ersatz religion : the gnostic mass movements of our time||59|