New PDF release: A Friendship That Lasted a Lifetime: The Correspondence

By Gerhard Wagner, Gilbert Weiss (Eds.)

ISBN-10: 082621911X

ISBN-13: 9780826219114


Scholarly correspondence might be as insightful as scholarly paintings itself, because it usually records the motivating forces of its writers’ highbrow principles whereas illuminating their lives extra basically. The extra advanced the authors’ scholarly works and the extra bothered the eras within which they lived, the extra significant, and most likely interesting, their correspondence. this can be very true of the letters among Alfred Schutz (18991959) and Eric Voegelin (19011985). the students lived in enormously dramatic occasions and produced profound, complicated works that proceed to confound teachers. The verbal exchange among those giants of the social sciences, as they despatched their innovations to each other, was once the most 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 through Nazi strain and went to paintings at separate American universities. For 20 years they wrote one another, constructing their respective medical works in that discussion. The letters endure witness to their friendship through 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 whole choice of 238 letters was once revealed in German in 2004, yet this edited quantity is the 1st to offer their correspondence in English and gives a variety of an important letters—those that contributed to the thinkers’ theoretical discussions and served as historical past to their most vital options. Editors Gerhard Wagner and Gilbert Weiss don't research Schutz’s and Voegelin’s works in gentle 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 different examine significant social scientists. This quantity is a priceless source within the research of Voegelin’s political philosophy and Alfred Schutz’s contribution to American sociology and marks a big addition to the literature on those impressive males. exhibiting how scholarly discourse and the discussion of way of life can make clear each other, the booklet ultimately provides this correspondence for an American viewers and isn't to be ignored through students of philosophy and sociology.

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Sometimes—for example, today after reading the newspapers—it strikes me that the idea of wanting to have an extended stay in Europe is plain stupid. And I ask myself if, instead, I should perhaps be asking my friends to find an instructorship for me at a black college. But in my heart, I don’t think war will break out in Europe. I think I told you that my family and I fled the New York heat for Larchmont (near New Rochelle), where at least my wife has it easier, since we live in a good and relatively inexpensive pension where she is no longer burdened with having to manage a household.

The process of history does not proceed primarily at the level of problems but at the level of sentiments; (therefore there is no “history of problems,” at least not in political theory). ”3 (“Essences . . are temporarily conditioned and unfolded in a certain temporal span. They are individuated as expressing the attitude of a certain phase in historical life. ”) I would say: We are dealing here with the analysis of the pretheoretical constitution of the theoretical object at those levels of consciousness which, speaking very generally, may be described as the ones that determine history.

With cordial greetings, Yours, Eric Voegelin 1. Not identified. 11. Voegelin to Schütz Department of Political Science University of Alabama University, Alabama May 28, 1941 Dear Friend: Now that the semester is over the work on the History is proceeding with giant strides. I do not want to put you under any pressure—after all, I know how much you have to do—but you know how highly I value your judgment, and if you have any advice to give, and are willing to give it, the last opportunity when I will still be able to profit from your criticism is rapidly approaching.

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