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 records the motivating forces of its writers’ highbrow rules whereas illuminating their lives extra in actual fact. The extra complicated the authors’ scholarly works and the extra the eras during which they lived, the extra colossal, and almost certainly attention-grabbing, their correspondence. this is often very true of the letters among Alfred Schutz (18991959) and Eric Voegelin (19011985). the students lived in exceedingly 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, 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 outstanding 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 by means of Nazi strain and went to paintings at separate American universities. For 20 years they wrote one another, constructing their respective clinical works in that discussion. The letters undergo witness to their friendship in the course of the years they spent in exile within the usa, they usually rfile 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 provide their correspondence in English and gives a variety of an important letters—those that contributed to the thinkers’ theoretical discussions and served as history to their most important ideas. 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 new interpretations.



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

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Since, in any case, we have to have the children emigrate within four months, and in view of the unstable political situation, we have decided to take the trip together. Therefore with my wife and children I will embark on July 14th aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam for the United States. Conditions permitting, I would like to return to Europe on September 1st. But I will leave my wife and children in the United States until the situation in Europe clears up. As much as I regret that we are so far apart, in Chicago I would have nothing else to do but to say hello to you.

The collective soul above the individual souls can be understood as a world-transcending soul, as for example in Zeno, or the collective can be transferred into the world, as it is, for example, in the form of the entelechy of reason that guides humanity’s development towards perfection—an essential element in Kant’s philosophy of history. It may also appear in the form of a particular intramundane col- The Letters 35 lectivity like those we find in the collectivist speculations of Communism, National Socialism, and Fascism.

But one might reply that it is merely an expression of the pardonable naïveté of a great systematic philosopher and does not affect his essential achievement, indeed that it perhaps shows a lack of taste to dwell explicitly on this point at all. I could advance the counterargument that a German philosopher after Hegel who does not know how to approach the problem of the historicity of the spirit any better than this, for that reason alone, is a philosopher of dubious value. But I will forgo this argument.

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