Published Essays 19531965. By Eric Voegelin. Edited by Ellis Sandoz. The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin, vol. 11. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2000. Pp. xii þ 273. Anyone looking for a recent representative of philosophical rationalism grounded in transcendence--either as a worthy opponent or as a resourceful ally, a buttress, or a butt--can hardly do better than engage Eric Voegelin (19011985). Voegelin takes only sideways glances at cultures and traditions outside the West, looking instead to Classical and medieval Christian thought to find ``general categories that would make it possible to compare orders in various civilizations and find common denominators for their treatment'' (p. 224). In a nutshell, ``The Ground of existence is an experienced reality of a transcendent nature toward which one lives in a tension'' (p. 229), and reason ``is the consciousness of being caused by the divine Ground and being in search of the divine Ground'' (p. 232 n). Among the political philosophers who fled from Hitler to the United States, Voegelin is commonly ranked with Leo Strauss and Hannah Arendt. A review of the latter's Origins of Totalitarianism is reprinted in this volume, and the idea that ``human nature as such'' might be
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Published: Jun 10, 2003
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