Eric Voegelin: From Enlightenment to Revolution

Edited by John H. Hallowell

Duke University Press, 1975

Back Cover:

Voegelin“This book is of dramatic significance on two levels: it represents an incisive analysis of one of the most critical periods in the unfolding of Western European consciousness, and it provides illuminating insights into the developing perspective of a man who by any criteria is one of the leading philosophers and political theorists of the 20th century.

There is great value in this work for all serious students of man in search of order; for those interested in the Enlightenment and the development of Voegelin’s thought it is indispensable.”

Journal of Church and State

“An intransigent and independent thinker of complete intellectual integrity, Voegelin seeks to interpret the historical record and to follow the trail of equivalent symbols wherever it leads.

His documentation is vast and impressive; his interpretations are sensitive and philosophically profound. His extraordinary interpretive and philosophical gifts serve to transform a familiar period in the history of political thought into a truly original and significant historical work, a work which is also the best introduction for the general reader to Voegelin’s c omplex philosophy of politics and history.

The implications of this volume for Contemporary historical existence are immense.”

Dante Germino, Journal of Modern History

Contents:

Editor’s Preface

1  The Emergence of Secularized History: Bossuet and Voltaire

2  Helvétius and the Genealogy of Passions

3  Helvétius and the Heritage of Pascal

4  Positivism and Its Antecedents

5  The Conflict Between Progress and Political Existence After Turgot

6  The Apocalypse of Man: Comte

7  The Religion of Humanity and the French Revolution

8  Revolutionary Existence: Bakunin

9  Bakunin: The Anarchist

10  Marx: Inverted Dialectics

11  Marx: The Genesis of Gnostic Socialism

Eric Voegelin (Wikipedia)    Eric Voegelin Institute

JOB’s Comment:

This is an edition of a part of Voegelin’s long manuscript on the history of political ideas. The latter was never published by Voegelin in its entirety, since he abandoned its particular philosophical approach for the one found in Order and History. But the importance of this difference is hardly as great as Voegelin himself thought it was; although written from a position less fully developed than his later ones (in the course of writing the volumes of Order and History, he changed and developed his approach further), the work has considerable value, and the complete text is now available as volumes 19-26 of the Collected Works.

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