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By Gerhard Wagner, Gilbert Weiss (Eds.)

ISBN-10: 082621911X

ISBN-13: 9780826219114


Scholarly correspondence could be as insightful as scholarly paintings itself, because it usually files the motivating forces of its writers’ highbrow rules whereas illuminating their lives extra truly. The extra complicated the authors’ scholarly works and the extra stricken the eras during which they lived, the extra vast, and almost certainly interesting, their correspondence. this is often very true of the letters among Alfred Schutz (18991959) and Eric Voegelin (19011985). the students lived in quite dramatic instances and produced profound, complicated works that proceed to confound teachers. The verbal exchange among those giants of the social sciences, as they despatched their options to each other, was once the most important to the paintings of either men.



            A Friendship That Lasted an entire life: The Correspondence among Alfred Schutz and Eric Voegelin demonstrates that Schutz and Voegelin shared a outstanding friendship: they first met as scholars in Vienna within the Twenties and located themselves nice companions in dialogue; years later they have been driven out of Europe by way of Nazi strain and went to paintings at separate American universities. For two decades they wrote one another, constructing their respective clinical works in that discussion. The letters endure witness to their friendship in the course of the years they spent in exile within the usa, they usually record the men’s tentative makes an attempt at formulating the theories of “lifeworld” and “gnosis” linked to Schutz and Voegelin today.



            the whole selection of 238 letters used to be revealed in German in 2004, yet this edited quantity is the 1st to give their correspondence in English and provides a variety of crucial letters—those that contributed to the thinkers’ theoretical discussions and served as historical past to their most important suggestions. Editors Gerhard Wagner and Gilbert Weiss don't learn Schutz’s and Voegelin’s works in gentle of the correspondence—rather, they current the gathering to create a framework for brand new interpretations.



            A Friendship That Lasted a Lifetime takes a distinct examine significant social scientists. This quantity is a invaluable source within the examine of Voegelin’s political philosophy and Alfred Schutz’s contribution to American sociology and marks a huge addition to the literature on those impressive males. displaying how scholarly discourse and the discussion of daily life can make clear each other, the publication ultimately provides this correspondence for an American viewers and isn't to be ignored via students of philosophy and sociology.

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Thus, out of a stupendous amount of historical material, Gierke selects the parts that can be more or less easily made to fit into this series, completely indifferent to what they meant in their authors’ contexts, and equally indifferent to the material that is ignored as the result of such a procedure. This method—even if, with Gierke, it appears without the terminological apparatus of entelechy, originary, and final establishment—is 38 Friendship That Lasted a Lifetime Husserl’s. But it got Gierke into trouble because Dunning21 was tactless enough to illuminate Gierke’s arbitrariness toward, and fanciful misuse of, Bodin; and in the third edition of his Althusius,22 Gierke was forced to make an embarrassing retractio.

I treated this theme exhaustively in my Authoritarian State13 when I examined national socialist and fascist speculation. My article on Siger de Brabant,14 which you will more easily recall, should make clear to you what I mean. In Occidental philosophy we must differentiate between two fundamental positions regarding man’s essence, most clearly represented by Thomas’s Christian-Orthodox position and by Siger’s heterodox one. In Thomas the accent is on the singularity of the human substance (intellectus), in Siger on the spiritus mundi, of which the individual soul is but a particle.

II, The Middle Ages to Aquinas, ed. Peter von Sivers (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1997), 178–204. 2. Leo Spitzer, “Milieu and Ambiance: An Essay in Historical Semantics,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 3 (1942): 1–42 and 169–218. 3. Fritz Kaufmann, “The Phenomenological Approach to History,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 2 (1941): 159–72. 15. Voegelin to Schütz 903 Camelia Ave. Baton Rouge, La. September 17, 1943 Copy1 Dear Friend: Please accept our heartfelt thanks for the lovely evenings we were able to spend with you and your dear wife.

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