By Charles R. Embry, Barry Cooper
The essays during this assortment honor Professor Ellis Sandoz, Hermann Moyse Jr. amazing Professor of Political technology, Louisiana kingdom collage, and founding director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance experiences, an institute situated at Louisiana country collage and dedicated to learn and e-book within the fields of political philosophy, constitutional legislations, and Voegelin reviews. with out the tireless leadership—both educational and economic—of Ellis Sandoz, who was once certainly one of Eric Voegelin’s early scholars and his first American doctoral candidate on the collage of Munich, the thirty-four volumes of The accrued Works of Eric Voegelin may by no means have neared of completion inside in simple terms two decades of Voegelin’s demise. The authors of the essays, essentially the most revered students within the box of political philosophy, hail from Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, eire, and the USA. they've got identified Sandoz in numerous methods: as former scholars, as beneficiaries of his paintings on constitutionalism, as fellow members within the ebook of The gathered Works of Eric Voegelin, as philosophical colleagues, as partaking contributors of the Eric Voegelin Society, and at last as buddies. The essays, every one written particularly for this quantity, are grouped into the disciplines of philosophy, literature, and politics and diversity broadly throughout those matters, exploring writers as diversified as Xenophon, Natsume Soseki, Freud, and George Santayana and issues starting from the management type of Fran?ois Mitterrand and the Velvet Revolution to the character of the legislation and of the Political. Philosophy, Literature, and Politics is a becoming tribute to a guy whose life’s paintings has been shaped by way of dedication to the philosophical company and through a conviction in Eric Voegelin’s contribution to that company. The seventeen essays during this assortment could be of specific curiosity to students of politics, comparative govt, eastern reports, political philosophy, and literary feedback.
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