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Order and History, Volume 5 (CW18): In Search of Order [Hardcover]

Eric Voegelin , Ellis Sandoz

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Feb. 10 2000 COLLECTED WORKS ERIC VOEGELIN (Book 18)

In Search of Order brings to a conclusion Eric Voegelin's masterwork, Order and History. Voegelin conceived Order and History as "a philosophical inquiry concerning the principal types of order of human existence in society and history as well as the corresponding symbolic forms." In previous volumes, Voegelin discussed the imperial organizations of the ancient Near East and their existence in the form of the cosmological myth; the revelatory form of existence in history, developed by Moses and the prophets of the Chosen People; the polis, the Hellenic myth, and the development of philosophy as the symbolism of order; and the evolution of the great religions, especially Christianity.

This final volume of Order and History is devoted to the elucidation of the experience of transcendence that Voegelin discussed in earlier volumes. He aspires to show in a theoretically acute manner the exact nature of transcendental experiences. Voegelin's philosophical inquiry unfolds in the historical context of the great symbolic enterprise of restating man's humanity under the horizon of the modern sciences and in resistance to the manifold forces of our age that deform human existence. His stature as one of the major philosophical forces of the twentieth century clearly emerges from these concluding pages. In Search of Order deepens and clarifies the meditative movement that Voegelin, now in reflective distance to his own work, sees as having been operative throughout his search.

Because of Voegelin's death, on January 19, 1985, In Search of Order is briefer than it otherwise might have been; however, the theoretical presentation that he had set for himself is essentially completed here. Just as this volume serves Voegelin well in his striking analyses of Hegel, Hesiod, and Plato, it will serve as a model for the reader's own efforts in search of order.


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri (Feb. 10 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826212611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826212610
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,480,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

About the Author

Eric Voegelin (1901-1985) was one of the most original and influential philosophers of our time. Born in Cologne, Germany, he studied at the University of Vienna, where he became a professor of political science in the Faculty of Law. In 1938, he and his wife, fleeing Hitler, emigrated to the United States. They became American citizens in 1944. Voegelin spent much of his career at Louisiana State University, the University of Munich, and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. During his lifetime he published many books and more than one hundred articles. The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin will make available in a uniform edition all of Voegelin's major writings.

About the Editor

Ellis Sandoz, Hermann Moyse Jr. Distinguished Professor of Political Science, is Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies at Louisiana State University. He is the general editor of Voegelin's History of Political Ideas and author or editor of numerous books, including The Politics of Truth and Other Untimely Essays: The Crisis of Civic Consciousness, available from the University of Missouri Press.


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5.0 out of 5 stars THE LAST WORD ON AN INFLUENTIAL (BUT UNFINISHED) PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY Oct. 14 2009
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Eric Voegelin (1901-1985) is one of the most well-known of modern political philosophers and theorists, but his massive five-volume series "Order and History," as well as the posthumously published eight-volume History of Political Ideas (Volume 8): Crisis and the Apocalypse of Man (Collected Works of Eric Voegelin, Volume 26), put forward a coherent and somewhat influential philosophy of history. In the Preface to Volume II, Voegelin says, "Order and History is a philosophical inquiry concerning the principal types of order of human existence in society and history as well as the corresponding symbolic forms."

This volume was published in 1987, after Voegelin's death. The Introduction by Ellis Sandoz tells us that "the concluding volume of Order and History is devoted to the elucidation of the experiences of transcendence that Voegelin has widely discussed..." The Epilogue by Jurgen Gebhardt also provides additional information. For myself, however, this was an anticlimactic end to Voegelin's original project, and one is left wishing that he had been able to complete the original four volumes according to their original design.

Here are some quotations from the final volume:

"Whatever the order of history may ultimately be, there is a history of order because the truth of consciousness is documenting itself as a historical process through the reflectiveness of symbolizing consciousness. The history of consciousness, as I have formulated it, is internally cognitive."
"the God who is declared dead is alive enough to have kept his undertakers nervously busy by now for three centuries."

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