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Political Memoirs : Religion and Society in the New Millennium - Aurel Kolnai

Political Memoirs

Religion and Society in the New Millennium

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Ranked by many scholars as one of the most important moral philosophers of the 20th century, Aurel Kolnai is best known for his works of political philosophy. These are his political memoirs, annotated and edited by Francesca Murphy. He recounts his life, from his childhood in the turn-of-the-century Austro-Hungarian Empire to his education in Germany and his early professional life in pre-war Vienna. It was in these formative years that he was converted from Judaism to Roman Catholicism and began his career as a writer and philosopher. The narrative continues through his years in exile in the USA and Canada, where he lived before ultimately settling in Great Britain and was granted citizenship in 1955.

Karl Popper wrote, "I personally think I could learn more from Kolnai, by way of stimulation, than from any other thinker in the field of political philosophy alive." ... There seems finally to be a (slowly) growing recognition of Kolnai's achievements; ... now we have Kolnai's provocative memoirs, nicely edited by Francesca Murphy. -- Lee Congdon, James Madison University Political Memoirs is a personal, passionate account of a man who was witness to and perceptive about the major events of the beginning and middle of the twentieth century. Kolnai writes from a cultural background with which few will be familiar. Yet he managed to know many of the leading intellectual figures and movements of this era. These memoirs are full of personal insight that, as an autobiography should, constantly touch on ultimate things... With a combination of frustration and amusement, Kolnai pointed out the modern difficulty in understanding genuine conservative thought. -- James V. Schall, S.J., Georgetown University

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Aurel Kolnai: Ten Plagues and Ten Commandmentsp. xi
Biographical Notesp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Armageddonp. 9
One's Choice Is One's Lawp. 9
The Theme of the Great Warp. 14
Lutheran "Obergymnasium"p. 19
The Double Consciousnessp. 25
The Twisting of the Themep. 28
Shadows of Totalityp. 33
The End of the World: Swift and Unnoticedp. 33
The Ghost of Reactionp. 36
The Mirage of Progressp. 44
Revolution, or the Fool's Paradisep. 53
When Tyranny Was Youngp. 59
The Impact of Bolshevismp. 59
Homeward Exilep. 65
My Crimes Against Psychoanalysisp. 73
Ideas, Contacts and Polemicsp. 79
In Statu Viaep. 84
Conversion: "Metanoia" and Fulfillmentp. 84
The Decisionp. 87
God and Churchp. 92
Catholicismp. 96
Paths That Lead to Rome: Spiritual Aspectsp. 103
Chesterton and Realismp. 109
Nearer to Me than I am to Myselfp. 109
Paths that Lead to Rome: Some Literary and Personal Influencesp. 115
Some Problems in Catholicismp. 119
The Convert's Progressp. 124
The Coming of the Nightmarep. 125
Years of Apprenticeshipp. 125
Democracy and "Anschlusz"p. 133
A Summer Term in Freiburgp. 135
Philosophy and Politicsp. 138
The Gathering Stormp. 142
Socialist and Catholic Rightists in Austriap. 147
"Religious Socialists" and "Christian Democrats"p. 151
The Promised Landp. 155
The Turn of Lifep. 155
The West Invadedp. 162
The Setting Sunp. 167
The City of Lordsp. 170
The Suicide of Pacifismp. 172
Intermezzop. 177
The Escapep. 177
Civitas Hominisp. 193
The "Choice for Freedom's Brotherhood"p. 193
My American Lifep. 194
The Kingdom of the Common Manp. 200
American Catholicismp. 206
The Realms of the Boreal Polep. 213
The Enemy Comes into His Ownp. 213
Homeward Exilep. 214
"In the Frozen Sweat of Thy Brow"p. 217
Canadian Twilightp. 219
Persons and Incidentsp. 223
A Journey of Ghostsp. 225
Endnotesp. 232
Appendixp. 237
"Physical Premotion" Versus Human Resonsibility and Divine Judgmentp. 237
The "Official" Status of Thomism and the Problem of Christian Philosophyp. 242
"Integralism", Opportunism and Modernismp. 245
Indexp. 250
About the Editorp. 253
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ISBN: 9780739100653
ISBN-10: 0739100653
Series: Religion and Society in the New Millennium
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 28th November 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.51