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Winter, Spring, Summer reading

The last few months have seen quite a few books pile-up on my shelves; many of whom I haven't had the time to properly read through yet. The following is simply a list of my intended readings for the year 2007:

"The Promise of Politics" by Hannah Arendt
"The Politics" by Aristotle
"Rhetorica" by Aristotle
"The City of God" by Saint Augustine
"The Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius
"Language, Truth, and Logic" by Alfred Jules Ayer
"The Law Most Beautiful and Best" by Randall Baldwin Clark
"History of Political Philosophy" by Leo Strauss and Joseph Cropsey
"Meditations and Principles" by Rene Descartes
"Mencius" by W.A.C.H. Dobson
"The Question Concerning Technology" by Martin Heidegger
"The Gnostic Bible[s]" by Willaim Barnstone and Marvin Meyer
"Personal Knowledge" by Michael Polanyi
"The Rise of Scientific Philosophy" by Hans Reichenbach
"The Social Contract and Discourses" by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
"Plato" by Eric Vogelin

...Only about five-thousand pages! No probelmo! ;-P

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notebuyer
Dec. 31st, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
Voegelin was my tutor for my honors paper.

He tended to answer questions with, "You don't want to ask that. It was already explored in depth by Book 1, book 2, book 3 and book 4. We'll discuss what you read next week."

Though I did get to read a lot that year, too. Ever noticed that at some points the authors blur together, even ones of different views?
ccord
Dec. 31st, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC)
Voegelin was my tutor for my honors paper.

He tended to answer questions with, "You don't want to ask that. It was already explored in depth by Book 1, book 2, book 3 and book 4. We'll discuss what you read next week."


I know a few professors and doctors who'd probably love to interrogate you about Voegelin's personal beliefs; there's a longstanding argument as to whether he was was a deist, a theist, a "pre-Nicene Christian", or some sort of freewheeling atheist. I hear that Vegas is giving odds and taking bets :-).

Though I did get to read a lot that year, too. Ever noticed that at some points the authors blur together, even ones of different views?

It hasn't quite happened yet, but if Voegelin ever starts to read the same as Thomas Kuhn, I think that I'll take it as a sign of a psychotic break. ^_^
notebuyer
Jan. 1st, 2007 03:02 am (UTC)
Voegelin
Pre-Nicene Christian was his self definition. This from a man able to refer to Denziger's Enchiridon Symbolorum with the ease that I use the World Almanac: while he was willing to discuss any formulation of an experience as a symbol, he wasn't willing to accept it as anything more than that. When you consider that sometimes theology gets quite edgy about not accepting particular metaphors (last plank before shipwreck, anyone?), this placed him somewhat at odds with those positions. Of course, he also had the experience of being an Austrian who saw almost all priests insist, after the Anschluss, that Hitler was a legitimate ruler in opposing those Communists, and therefore required the allegience of patriotic Austrians, and saw that their theological training did not help them see the reality before their eyes, and was as unwilling to forgive them for it as a violated alterboy is in a slightly different context.

You're right. Kuhn, while interesting, talks about the sociology of, rather than the content of, scientific understanding. Voegelin was much more interested in the content. You can't confuse them easily. Dante Germino, on the other hand, hopes to be confused for Voegelin.

Voegelin was quite handy in another way, though. He helped me frustrate the heck out of professors in the Philosophy Department, because their metaphors had ossified years ago, and they had a hard time discussing concepts without them: and this applied even more to the Political Science Department. It made things much more amusing.
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