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Order and History, Volume 5 (CW18): In Search of Order Hardcover – Feb 10 2000


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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: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,649,756 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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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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