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(An excerpt from a relatively early paper presented by Voegelin in 1952. It's also one of the clearer bits which I've read from him. In particular, you really have to love the section in which he essentially refers to social contract theory as an imaginary pseudo-science dreamt-up by men who haven't grown manhood.)

"When for this occasion we have chosen the relation between political science and the intellectuals as the subject of our discussion, we have returned to the oldest topic of our science. It is the oldest topic because it is the oldest pragmatic issue. The political science that was created by Plato and Aristotle was established in opposition to the opinions held by the intellectuals of their time, by the sophists. And the conflict with the intellectuals, the revolt against the intellectuals, from which emerged our science, is monumentally commemorated to this day in the political dialogues of Plato's early and middle years. From its origins the science of politics is a militant enterprise, a defense of truth both political and practical. It is a defense of true knowledge about human existence in society against the untrue opinions dispensed by intellectuals: and it is a defense of true human being against the corruption of man perpetrated by the intellectuals." -- excerpt from Voegelin, Eric; Political Science and The Intellectuals (eds. Geoffrey Price & Maben W. Poirier); in Voegelin Research News, Volume V, No. 1, February 1999.

Edit: Another note of interest is Voegelin's fairly strong defense of Arnold J. Toynbee towards the last third of the presentation, and his acknowledgment of Toynbee as a genuine theorist, as opposed to the philodoxers who've criticized his work. There is also included a balanced criticism of specialization is the sciences, which is reminiscent of George Grant's.

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