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

By Gerhard Wagner, Gilbert Weiss (Eds.)

 

Scholarly correspondence could be as insightful as scholarly paintings itself, because it frequently files the motivating forces of its writers’ highbrow rules whereas illuminating their lives extra basically. The extra complicated the authors’ scholarly works and the extra bothered the eras within which they lived, the extra monstrous, and possibly attention-grabbing, their correspondence. this can be very true of the letters among Alfred Schutz (18991959) and Eric Voegelin (19011985). the students lived in quite dramatic instances and produced profound, complicated works that proceed to confound lecturers. The communique among those giants of the social sciences, as they despatched their options to each other, used to be 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 notable 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 clinical works in that discussion. The letters endure witness to their friendship throughout the years they spent in exile within the usa, they usually record the men’s tentative makes an attempt at formulating the theories of “lifeworld” and “gnosis” linked to Schutz and Voegelin today.

 

 

            the whole choice of 238 letters was once published in German in 2004, yet this edited quantity is the 1st to offer their correspondence in English and gives a variety of crucial letters—those that contributed to the thinkers’ theoretical discussions and served as heritage to their most vital recommendations. Editors Gerhard Wagner and Gilbert Weiss don't examine Schutz’s and Voegelin’s works in gentle of the correspondence—rather, they current the gathering to create a framework for brand new interpretations.

 

 

            A Friendship That Lasted a Lifetime takes a different examine significant social scientists. This quantity is a helpful source within the examine of Voegelin’s political philosophy and Alfred Schutz’s contribution to American sociology and marks an enormous addition to the literature on those notable males. exhibiting how scholarly discourse and the discussion of lifestyle can make clear each other, the ebook ultimately provides this correspondence for an American viewers and isn't to be neglected through students of philosophy and sociology.

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By raising this question I by no means intend to prepare the ground for calling Husserl’s humanitarianism into question. The problem goes deeper. But the absence of Kant’s humanitarian “disquiet,” the lack of an inner resistance to looking at history as prehistory and, instead, with the final establishment, of letting a “real history” (Lenin) begin—in Husserl’s terms, an “apodictic” history—moves Husserl beyond the 18th century’s faith in progress and its humanitarian implications. And it makes it necessary that we place him alongside the messianic and eschatological figures of our time.

William Petropulos and Gilbert Weiss (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2004), 19–23. For the English translation of the full text of Die Politischen Religionen 1939, including the expurgated introduction, see CW, 5, Modernity without Restraint: The Political Religions; The New Science of Politics; and Science, Politics, and Gnosticism, ed. Manfred Henningsen (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2000), 23–73. 4. Julius Streicher (1885–1946). 5. Siegfried Kracauer (1889–1966). 5. Schütz to Voegelin Paris June 30, 1939 Dear Friend: Not only do I want to thank you for your letter of May 1st,1 which I have irresponsibly neglected to answer, but I want to tell you something about our plans.

Yours, Schütz 16 Friendship That Lasted a Lifetime 1. Elisabeth de Waal, nee von Ephrussi (1899–2001). 2. Thomas Mann wrote to Voegelin on December 18, 1938, to thank him for the gift of Die Politischen Religionen (Vienna: Bermann-Fischer Verlag, 1938). While praising the work for its compact presentation of an important aspect of our “precarious and dangerous epoch,” Mann thought that Voegelin had been so “objective” that his position might be misunderstood as speaking for the National Socialism that he was criticizing.

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