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Eric Voegelin Society Meeting 2002

ERIC VOEGELIN SOCIETY 2002

Boston, MA,  Auguest 29 - September 1, 2002

98th APSA Annual Meeting, 18th EVS Annual International Meeting

Organizer: Ellis Sandoz , Louisiana State University  

Posted by permission of the respective authors. Copyright 2002. 

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Program Summary

 

Panel 1. The Mythic Horizon: Eric Voegelin and Hans Jonas on Religion, Myth and Truth

 

Panel 2. How Voegelin, Strauss and Oakeshott Use Hobbes to Understand Modernity

 

Panel 3. Hermeneutics, Interpretation and Science in Political Philosophy

 

Panel 4. Liberal Democracy, Secularization, and "the end of metaphysics"

 

Panel 5. "The Consciousness of the Storyteller:" Eric Voegelin and Literary Criticism

 

Panel 6. Civilization, Culture and World Order

 

Panel 7. Modernity and Themes in Political Theory

 

Panel 8. Voegelin and Christianity: A Roundtable

 

Panel 9. Conflict, History, and Political theory

 

Panel 10. Literary and Psychological Dimensions of Political Philosophy

 

 

 

Program Details - 10 panels

Panel 1. The Mythic Horizon: Eric Voegelin and Hans Jonas on Religion, Myth and Truth

Chair: Glenn Hughes, St. Mary’s University (San Antonio)

Papers: 

"Narrative and Conversion" - Frederick Lawrence, Boston College

"Mythic Truth and the Art of Science" - David J. Levy, Middlesex University

 

"Myth, Aberrant Myth, and Ambient Vision" - Glenn Hughes, St. Mary’s University (San Antonio)

                  

Disc.:   

 

Thomas J. McPartland, Whitney Young College, Kentucky State University

Brendan Purcell, University College, Dublin

 

 

Panel 2. How Voegelin, Strauss and Oakeshott Use Hobbes to Understand Modernity

Chair: Timothy Fuller, Colorado College     

Papers:  

 

"Three Views of Leviathan: Oakeshott, Strauss, Voegelin" - W. John Coats, Connecticut College

 

"Oakeshott and Voegelin on Hobbes: Gnostic but not Rationalist?" -  Elizabeth C. Corey, Louisiana State University

 

"A Comparison and Evaluation of Interpretation: Voegelin and Strauss on Thomas Hobbes" - Jeremy Mhire, Louisiana State University

 

 

Panel 3. Hermeneutics, Interpretation and Science in Political Philosophy

Chair: Clarence Sills, Independent Scholar

 

Papers:  

 

"Hermeneutics and Political theory: Voegelin and Gadamer" - Jürgen Gebhardt, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

 

"Reading Voegelin: A Deconstructionist Perspective" - Thomas Hollweck, University of Colorado–Boulder

 

 

Panel 4. Liberal Democracy, Secularization, and "the end of metaphysics"

Chair: Horst Mewes, University of Colorado

 

Papers: 

 

"Secularization and the foundations of modern liberal democracy" - Horst Mewes, University of Colorado

 

"The Question of Transcendence in a Secularizing Age" - Timothy Fuller, Colorado College

 

"Liberal Democracy and political theology: Voegelin vs. Carl Schmitt" - Hans-Joerg Sigwart, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

 

"Descartes: foundations of modernity and liberal democracy" - Michael Gillespie, Duke University

 

Disc. : 

 

Juergen Gebhardt, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

 

 

          

Panel 5. "The Consciousness of the Storyteller:" Eric Voegelin and Literary Criticism

Chair: Timothy Hoye, Texas Woman’s University

 

Papers:  

 

"Une Manière Peinée? Emplotment, Storytelling, and Consciousness in LaClos' Les Liaisons dangereuses" - Polly Detels, Texas A&M University–Commerce

 

"‘An exceedingly ordinary thing:’ History and Consciousness in A  Book of Memories by Peter Nadas and Anamnesis by Eric Voegelin" - Charles Embry, Texas A & M University–Commerce

 

"Order and Estrangement in Meiji Japan: Reservoirs of Reality in the Literary Consciousness of Natsume Soseki" - Timothy Hoye, Texas Woman’s University

 

"‘In-Between’ Cultures: Voegelin, Bhabha, and the Temporality of the Political" - Randy LeBlanc, University of Texas at Tyler

 

Disc.:      

 

Peter A Petrakis, Southeastern Louisiana University

Tom D'Evelyn, Brown Learning C'ommunity

 

 

       

Panel 6. Civilization, Culture and World Order

 

Chair: Greg Russell, University of Oklahoma

 

Papers:   

 

"Politics Among Civilizations" - David Clinton, Tulane University

 

"Civilization and International Order: The Ethnonational Dimension in the Arab-Israeli Conflict" - Shmuel Sandler, Bar-Ilan University

                 

"Civilization as Paradigm: An Inquiry into the Hermeneutics of Conflict" - Mark Gismondi, Northwest Nazarene University

 

"Civilizational Orders and Disorders" - Michael Franz, Loyola College of Maryland

 

Disc.:

 

Michael Desch, University of Kentucky

Timothy J. Lomperis, Saint Louis University    

 

      

 

Panel 7. Modernity and Themes in Political Theory

 

Chair: Jene M Porter, University of Saskatchewan

 

Papers: 

 

"What is Modernity and How did it Arise?" - Jene M. Porter, University of Saskatchewan

                

"Reflections on the Transparence of the Modern World" - David J. Walsh, Catholic University of America

 

"On Some Sources of Modernity: Eschatology, Asceticism, Gnosticism" - Arpad Szakolczai, University College Cork

 

"Reflections on Voegelin’s Philosophy of History and on Central Europe after Communism" - Martin Palouš, Charles University

 

Disc.:   

 

Michael P. Federici, Mercyhurst College

John von Heyking, University of Lethbridge

Maben Walter Poirier, Concordia University

 

 

           

Panel 8. Voegelin and Christianity: A Roundtable

 

Chair: Paul Caringella, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution & Peace

 

Parts.: 

 

Ellis Sandoz, Louisiana State University

Glenn Hughes, Saint Mary's University (San Antonio)

Frederick Wagner, Independent Scholar

Thomas D'Evelyn, Brown Learning Community

Theodore R. Weber, Emory University

 

 

 

Panel 9. Conflict, History, and Political theory

 

Chair: Ellis Sandoz, Louisiana State University

      

Papers:  

 

"Voegelin's Early Unpublished Writings: Some Enduring Themes" - William Petropulos, Independent Scholar

 

The Meaning of "Demonic Nothingness" - Michael Henry, St. John’s University

 

"Memory and Conflict in Augustine, Dante, and Voegelin" - Henrik Syse, International Peace Research Institute (PRIO) and Asbjörn Bjornes, University of Oslo

 

"Voegelin’s Account of Tragedy in the New World Disorder" - Paul Corey, McMaster University

 

Disc.:     

 

Jennifer Thompson, Liberty Fund

Lee Trepanier, Southern Utah University

Peter McMylor, University of Manchester

 

 

 

Panel 10. Literary and Psychological Dimensions of Political Philosophy

 

Chair: Steven Ealy, Liberty Fund

       

Papers: 

 

"Compactness, Poetic Ambiguity, and the Equivalences of Experience" - Steven Ealy, Liberty Fund

 

"Voegelin as a Psychopathologist" - Robert S. Seiler, Jr., Independent Scholar

 

"Voegelinian Themes in Henrik Ibsen" - Tor Richardsen, Independent Scholar and Henrik Syse, International Peace Institute (PRIO)

 

"Reading Plato: The Digression in Seventh Letter" - John Baltes, Louisiana State University

 

Disc.:  

 

Barry Cooper, University of Calgary

Richard G. Avramenko, Georgetown University