Eric Voegelin

About Eric Voegelin

Eric Voegelin (1901–1985) was a German-born American political philosopher, who spent most of his academic career at the University of Notre Dame, Louisiana State University, the University of Munich, and the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. Professor Voegelin authored The New Science of Politics and Science, Politics, and Gnosticism, among others.

The American Experience

By |2019-01-04T11:39:52-05:00December 13th, 2017|Categories: American Republic, Conservatism, Culture, Eric Voegelin, Europe, Philosophy, The Imaginative Conservative|

America was a world in which this other world that I had grown up in was intellectually, morally, and spiritually irrelevant. That there should be such a plurality of worlds had a devastating effect on me. The experience broke for good my provincialism of a Central European or generally European kind without letting me [...]

On Debate and Existence

By |2019-04-04T11:22:41-05:00May 18th, 2017|Categories: Eric Voegelin, Ideology, Philosophy, Plato, Politics, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas|Tags: |

The speculations of classic and scholastic metaphysics are edifices of reason erected on the experiential basis of existence in truth. We cannot withdraw into these edifices and let the world go by, for in that case we would be remiss in our duty of “debate”… In our capacity as political scientists, historians, or philosophers [...]

Friedrich Nietzsche’s “Last Man”

By |2017-05-10T13:42:28-05:00May 10th, 2017|Categories: Eric Voegelin, Quotation|

Editor's Note: In his essay “Nietzsche, the Crisis, and the War,” Eric Voegelin summarizes Friedrich Nietzsche’s disturbing description of "The Last Man”: Zarathustra preaches the gospel of the superman to the people, and the people are silent. He then tries to arouse them by an appeal to their pride and draws the picture of the most contemptible, [...]

On Classical Studies

By |2016-12-21T09:29:48-05:00October 16th, 2016|Categories: Classical Education, Classics, Eric Voegelin, Featured, Liberal Learning, The Imaginative Conservative, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Eric Voegelin as he explores the importance of studying the classics. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher A reflection on classical studies, their purpose and prospects, will properly start from Wolf’s definition of classic philology as the study of man’s nature as it has [...]

The Death of the Spirit is the Price of Progress

By |2016-11-26T09:52:17-05:00March 17th, 2012|Categories: Eric Voegelin, Quotation|Tags: |

The death of the spirit is the price of progress. Nietzsche revealed this mystery of the Western apocalypse when he announced that God was dead and that He had been murdered. This Gnostic murder is constantly committed by the men who sacrificed God to civilization. The more fervently all human energies are thrown into [...]

On Classical Studies: Eric Voegelin

By |2015-04-29T07:52:18-05:00February 10th, 2012|Categories: Classical Education, Classics, Eric Voegelin, Liberal Learning|Tags: |

Eric Voegelin A reflection on classical studies, their purpose and prospects, will properly start from Wolf’s definition of classic philology as the study of man’s nature as it has become manifest in the Greeks.[1] The conception sounds strangely anachronistic today, because it has been overtaken by the two closely related processes of [...]