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Eric Voegelin : In Quest of Reality - Thomas W. Heilke

Eric Voegelin

In Quest of Reality

Paperback Published: 28th January 1999
ISBN: 9780847694280
Number Of Pages: 204

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During his distinguished academic career, Eric Voegelin was described as the most important philosopher of history and consciousness since Toynbee; a political theorist of exceptional scope and erudition; a theologian with profound insights into the nature of religious experience. Similarly, Voegelin has been interpreted by his critics using virtually every ideological label available: fascist, communist, liberal, conservative, existentialist, fideist, socialist, reactionary, Jew, Catholic, and Protestant. Regardless of such efforts to characterize his writings using such neat categories, Voegelin has been celebrated by intellectuals of all stripes for the fresh new light he has cast on the modern predicament. Widely recognized political theorist Thomas Heilke contends that while some of these appellations may have elements of truth, none of these labels are ultimately capable of properly representing the essence of Voegelin's work. With startling new insights into the theoretical foundations of Voegelin's writings, Heilke's gripping analysis and compelling conclusions demonstrate how his subject was primarily a philosopher in quest of reality, and why no ideological category can grasp the core of such an intellectual journey. This book will be of interest to political theorists, theologians, philosophers, and intellectual historians.

This book serves as a thoughtful, intelligible introduction to Eric Voegelin, especially for those who may not be well-versed in his voluminous and dense scholarship. Reading Voegelin requires intelligence, and reading and accurately interpreting and explaining Voegelin requires considerable erudition. This is a book of erudition, and it should satisfy anyone's quest to probe the general parameters of the mind of Eric Voegelin. Journal of Church and State

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Order, Narrative, and Consciousnessp. 29
Consciousness and Disorder: Philosophy As Resistancep. 65
The "People of God" and the Rise of Ideological Politicsp. 91
Who Is God's Servant? Political Theology in Voegelin's Political Philosophyp. 125
Christology and the Problem of Doctrinal/Political Authorityp. 145
Conclusionp. 179
Indexp. 189
About the Authorp. 193
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ISBN: 9780847694280
ISBN-10: 0847694283
Series: 20th Century Political Thinkers
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 28th January 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.84 x 14.81  x 1.14
Weight (kg): 0.26