Lee Trepanier

About Lee Trepanier

Lee Trepanier is a Professor of Political Science at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama where he teaches political philosophy, constitutional law, and American Politics. His research is in Eric Voegelin; Politics and Literature; Religion and Politics; Democracy and Education; and Teaching and Learning Political Science. He is also the editor of the Lexington Books series Politics, Literature, and Film and the academic website, VoegelinView.

Cosmopolitanism: Citizens Without States?

By |2019-03-19T17:40:07-05:00January 8th, 2018|Categories: American Founding, Books, Civil Society, Culture, Great Books, History, Immanuel Kant, Immigration, Politics, Socrates, Timeless Essays|

What we need is a love for both our country and our humanity, whether it be through religion, reason, or both. Such a position steers clear of the perfectionist aspirations of cosmopolitans and draws back from parochial nationalist sentiments by combining the best elements of American conservatism and liberalism… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay [...]

Was Nathaniel Hawthorne a Conservative?

By |2015-11-25T10:39:28-06:00October 27th, 2015|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|Tags: |

In a chapter in The Conservative Mind titled “Transitional Conservatism: New England Sketches,” Russell Kirk cited John Quincy Adams, Orestes Brownson, and Nathaniel Hawthorne as figures in whom the “conservative instinct struggled for successful expression” in a period of rapid innovation that was sweeping aside the ancestral institutions of nineteenth-century America.[1] Confronted with mass democracy, industrialism, [...]

Barry Cooper: Political Philosophy and Empiricism

By |2014-02-10T17:09:16-06:00November 1st, 2013|Categories: Political Philosophy, Politics|Tags: , |

Barry Cooper Thomas Heilke’s and John von Heyking’s edited volume, Hunting and Weaving: Empiricism and Political Philosophy, is a festschrift to Barry Cooper, a political scientist at the University of Calgary. The themes of hunting and weaving are ones illuminated in Cooper’s own career as he brings together political philosophy and empiricism in [...]

The Primacy of Persons in Politics

By |2014-01-09T09:30:22-06:00October 24th, 2013|Categories: Political Philosophy, Politics|Tags: |

Thomas Heilke’s and John von Heyking’s edited volume, The Primacy of Persons in Politics: Empiricism and Political Philosophy, explores the nature of political activity by German political scientist, Tilo Schabert. In an empirical study of François Mitterand and former Boston mayor Kevin White, Schabert examines the daily exercise of political power in two distinct contexts [...]

Voegelin: Modernity and Gnosticism

By |2014-01-10T19:15:39-06:00October 14th, 2013|Categories: Eric Voegelin, Modernity|Tags: , |

Photo by Felipe Vanancio Eric Voegelin (1901-85) is often portrayed as one of the severest critics of modernity–its belief in human reason’s ability to understand and convey the fundamental structures of reality and its dismissal of transcendent teleologies as private and suspect beliefs. For Voegelin, modernity was a “Gnostic revolt” against reality: the [...]

Father and Sons: Saul Bellow’s Politics and Political Thought

By |2013-11-27T15:52:14-06:00September 8th, 2013|Categories: Fiction|Tags: |

In my recently released co-edited volume, A Political Companion to Saul Bellow, the contributors explore the politics and political thought of one of the seminal fiction writers of America. Exploring Saul Bellow’s politics and his thought on race, religion, gender, multiculturalism, as well as other aspects of modernity that pushed him into the conservative camp, [...]

Cosmopolitanism: Citizens Without States?

By |2019-12-09T16:22:25-06:00August 28th, 2013|Categories: American Republic, Citizen, Citizenship, Immigration|Tags: , |

While our political and cultural elites debate about what to do with the millions of illegal immigrants in this country, it may be worthwhile to pause for a moment and ask what truly is at stake here. My sense is that the debate about illegal immigration–as well as over topics like same-sex marriage or national [...]

Teaching in an Age of Ideology: Concluding Thoughts

By |2017-06-05T12:07:01-05:00August 9th, 2013|Categories: Liberal Learning|Tags: |

Previously on The Imaginative Conservative I have written about some of the twentieth and twentieth-first century’s greatest thinkers as teachers: Eric Voegelin, Ellis Sandoz, Gerhart Niemeyer, John H. Hallowell, Leo Strauss, Harvey Mansfield, and Stanley Rosen. Although these thinkers disagreed with one another in their scholarship from time to time, they all were committed to teaching the [...]

Teaching in an Age of Ideology: Stanley Rosen

By |2017-06-05T12:05:06-05:00June 8th, 2013|Categories: Ideology|Tags: , |

Stanley Rosen In the past couple of essays, I have looked at Leo Strauss and Harvey Mansfield as teachers in a climate of positivism, relativism, and academic mediocrity. In this essay, I will explore Stanley Rosen, as described by Nalin Ranasinghe in Teaching in an Age of Ideology. What we will discover is [...]

Teaching in an Age of Ideology: Harvey Mansfield

By |2014-05-15T10:01:36-05:00May 17th, 2013|Categories: Education, Ideology, Liberal Learning|Tags: , |

Harvey Mansfield In my last post, I wrote about Leo Strauss’ defense of liberal education as a possible antidote to the narrowness of specialization of knowledge and the moral aimlessness of positivist ideology. One way to teach liberal education is to have students read the great thinkers of one’s tradition. In his chapter [...]

Teaching in an Age of Ideology: Leo Strauss

By |2016-01-18T22:16:11-06:00April 3rd, 2013|Categories: Education, Ideology, Leo Strauss|Tags: |

Leo Strauss So far I have examined a set of thinkers that could be classified in the same school of thought as “Voegelinian”: Eric Voegelin, Ellis Sandoz, Gerhart Niemeyer, and John H. Hallowell. In their different styles and approaches to teaching, each of them sought to show their students the true, the beautiful, [...]

Teaching in an Age of Ideology: John H. Hallowell

By |2019-11-08T16:01:28-06:00March 23rd, 2013|Categories: Education, Ideology, Liberal Learning|Tags: , |

In my last essay I wrote about Gerhart Niemeyer who sought to avoid indoctrinating his students in order for them to pursue the true, the beautiful, and the good. In this post I want to do the same thing but look at one of Niemeyer’s students, John H. Hallowell, as a teacher. Spending almost forty [...]

Teaching in an Age of Ideology: Gerhart Niemeyer

By |2019-02-19T16:19:51-06:00February 13th, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Education, Eric Voegelin, Gerhart Niemeyer, Liberal Learning|Tags: |

Gerhart Niemeyer In my previous essays about teaching in an age of ideology, I had looked at two teachers–Eric Voegelin and Ellis Sandoz–who sought to clear the ideological rubble in the modern academia so students could study the true, the beautiful, and the good. In his accessible lectures about complicated philosophical topics, Eric [...]

Teaching in an Age of Ideology: Ellis Sandoz

By |2019-11-07T10:47:23-06:00January 24th, 2013|Categories: Education|Tags: |

Ellis Sandoz In my previous post about Eric Voegelin, I wrote how Voegelin became a model of thinking devoid of ideological rant in the student’s quest for the true, the beautiful, and the good. One of those students was Ellis Sandoz, who in turn became a master teacher himself in the mold of Eric Voegelin. [...]

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