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By Gerhard Wagner, Gilbert Weiss (Eds.)

ISBN-10: 082621911X

ISBN-13: 9780826219114


Scholarly correspondence should be as insightful as scholarly paintings itself, because it usually records the motivating forces of its writers’ highbrow rules whereas illuminating their lives extra essentially. The extra complicated the authors’ scholarly works and the extra bothered the eras during which they lived, the extra gigantic, and probably attention-grabbing, their correspondence. this is often very true of the letters among Alfred Schutz (18991959) and Eric Voegelin (19011985). the students lived in tremendously 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 ideas to each other, used to be 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 awesome 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 way of Nazi strain and went to paintings at separate American universities. For two decades they wrote one another, constructing their respective medical works in that discussion. The letters undergo witness to their friendship through 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 full selection of 238 letters was once published in German in 2004, yet this edited quantity is the 1st to offer their correspondence in English and provides a range of crucial letters—those that contributed to the thinkers’ theoretical discussions and served as heritage to their most important innovations. Editors Gerhard Wagner and Gilbert Weiss don't study 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 distinct examine significant social scientists. This quantity is a invaluable source within the research of Voegelin’s political philosophy and Alfred Schutz’s contribution to American sociology and marks a tremendous addition to the literature on those outstanding males. displaying how scholarly discourse and the discussion of way of life can make clear each other, the booklet eventually provides this correspondence for an American viewers and isn't to be ignored by means of students of philosophy and sociology.

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Along with the special problem component of transcendental subjectivity, Husserl’s radicalism has a messianic component in which the final establishment, with its apodicticity in the realm of the social and historical, turns into the establishment of an apocalyptic philosophical sect. In order to elucidate the peculiar structure of Husserl’s metaphysics I often had to point to parallel phenomena in the sphere of politics. But, naturally, beyond the structural relationship, Husserl’s metaphysics of history has no more to do with National Socialism or Communism than that of, let us say, Joachim of Flora, whose phasing proceeds along the same lines.

Nevertheless, I sincerely hope the text will not be published. It doesn’t help anybody, and you will only do yourself a great deal of harm. For me personally it was invigorating to read these pages; but such things can only be said among friends. Once they are brought before the public, they lose their effect completely; indeed, they are turned against the author himself. Although I know you have never feared such things, I am nevertheless sure that in the event that you do decide to publish them, they will bring you only trouble and disappointment.

But I am again preparing a few potent things which, sooner or later, will bring me back to the East for a few days—and not at my own expense. But at this very moment I keenly feel the pain of not being able to communicate with you face-to-face. 2 I have just finished reading it and would very much like to discuss it with you. Let me at least make a few comments in a letter. You may not have time to respond in detail; but perhaps it would be possible for you to correct me, should it turn out that I have misunderstood Husserl.

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