A Friendship That Lasted a Lifetime: The Correspondence by Gerhard Wagner, Gilbert Weiss (Eds.)

By Gerhard Wagner, Gilbert Weiss (Eds.)


Scholarly correspondence may be as insightful as scholarly paintings itself, because it frequently records the motivating forces of its writers’ highbrow principles whereas illuminating their lives extra in actual fact. The extra advanced the authors’ scholarly works and the extra afflicted the eras within which they lived, the extra gigantic, and most likely interesting, their correspondence. this is often very true of the letters among Alfred Schutz (18991959) and Eric Voegelin (19011985). the students lived in exceedingly dramatic occasions and produced profound, advanced works that proceed to confound teachers. The conversation among those giants of the social sciences, as they despatched their ideas to each other, was once an important to the paintings of either men.



            A Friendship That Lasted an entire life: The Correspondence among Alfred Schutz and Eric Voegelin demonstrates that Schutz and Voegelin shared a extraordinary friendship: they first met as scholars in Vienna within the Nineteen Twenties and located themselves nice companions in dialogue; years later they have been driven out of Europe via Nazi strain and went to paintings at separate American universities. For two decades they wrote one another, constructing their respective medical works in that discussion. The letters endure witness to their friendship in the course of the years they spent in exile within the usa, and so they record the men’s tentative makes an attempt at formulating the theories of “lifeworld” and “gnosis” linked to Schutz and Voegelin today.



            the complete selection of 238 letters used to be revealed in German in 2004, yet this edited quantity is the 1st to give their correspondence in English and provides a range of an important letters—those that contributed to the thinkers’ theoretical discussions and served as history to their most vital options. Editors Gerhard Wagner and Gilbert Weiss don't learn Schutz’s and Voegelin’s works in mild of the correspondence—rather, they current the gathering to create a framework for brand spanking new interpretations.



            A Friendship That Lasted a Lifetime takes a distinct examine significant social scientists. This quantity is a worthy source within the research of Voegelin’s political philosophy and Alfred Schutz’s contribution to American sociology and marks a major addition to the literature on those amazing males. displaying how scholarly discourse and the discussion of lifestyle can make clear each other, the e-book ultimately provides this correspondence for an American viewers and isn't to be neglected by way of students of philosophy and sociology.

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7 The telos is timeless; it merely unfolds in historical becoming. (f). In this manner, the philosopher’s existence takes on a unique dialectical character that is revealed in Husserl’s following two theses: (aa) “We [are] [ . . ”8 “This manner of clarifying history by inquiring back into the primal establishment of the goals which bind together the chain of future generations [ . . ] is nothing other than the philosopher’s genuine self-reflection on what he is truly seeking, on what is in him as a will coming from the will as the will of his spiritual forefathers.

In each case the task is to demonstrate the transformation that the Christian sentiment and image of the world underwent as a result of the irruption of a new type of intramundane force [Potenz]. If you think you can use the manuscript, send it back to me and I will write a short introduction and a few footnotes to illustrate the theoretical approach I have taken. By the way, when I treat the Middle Ages in my work, it looks different than the image one usually gets. Gurian, whose suspicions were aroused, gave the manuscript to two historians of the Middle Ages to examine; both found the historical-technical aspect entirely unobjectionable.

On this correspondence between Voegelin and Maximilian Mintz, see Thomas A. Hollweck and Ellis Sandoz, “General Introduction to the Series,” in CW, 19, History of Political Ideas, vol. I, Hellenism, Rome, and Early Christianity, ed. Athanasios Moulakis (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1997), 22–23. 4. Talcott Parsons to Schütz, March 29, 1941, in The Theory of Social Action: The Correspondence of Alfred Schütz and Talcott Parsons, ed. Richard Grathoff (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1978), 107–9.

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