Order and History: World of the Polis v. 2

Order and History: World of the Polis v. 2

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This second volume of Voegelin's magisterial "Order and History, The World of the Polis, " explores the ancient Greek symbolization of human reality. Taking us from the origins of Greek culture in the Pre-Homeric Cretan civilizations, through the "Iliad" and "Odyssey, " Hesiod, and the rise of philosophy with the Pre-Socratics Parmenides and Heraclitus, this masterful work concludes with the historians of the classical period.In "The World of the Polis, " Voegelin traces the emergence of the forms of the city-state and of philosophy from the ancient symbolism of myth. He maintains that the limits and ultimate goals of human nature are constant and that the central problem of every society is the same "to create an order that will endow the fact of its existence with meaning in terms of ends divine and human." Thus, Voegelin shows how "the meaning of existence" achieved concrete expression in the typical political, social, and religious institutions of Greece and in the productions of its poets and thinkers. He deals with more than fifty Greek writers in the course of his analysis of the rise of myth and its representation of the divine order of the cosmos as the first great symbolic form of order, one later supplanted by the leap in being reflected in the emergence of philosophy.The book is a tour de force, a virtuoso performance by a scholar and philosopher of great power, learning, and imagination that places its subject matter in a new light. The editor's critical introduction places "The World of the Polis" in the broader context of Voegelin's philosophy of history. Scholars and students of political science, philosophy, and the history of ideas will find this work invaluable."

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  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 127 x 203.2 x 15.24mm | 181.44g
  • University of Missouri Press
  • MissouriUnited States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • index
  • 0826212832
  • 9780826212832
  • 1,455,780

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About Eric Voegelin

About the AuthorEric Voegelin (1901-1985) was one of the most original and influential philosophers of our time. Born in Cologne, Germany, he studied at the University of Vienna, where he became a professor of political science in the Faculty of Law. In 1938, he and his wife, fleeing Hitler, immigrated to the United States. They became American citizens in 1944. Voegelin spent much of his career at Louisiana State University, the University of Munich, and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. During his lifetime he published many books and more than one hundred articles. "The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin" will make available in a uniform edition all of Voegelin's major writings. About the EditorAthanasios Moulakis is Herbst Professor of the Humanities at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Simone Weil and the Politics of Self-Denial, "Beyond Utility: Liberal Education for a Technological Age" (AACAU Ness Award), and Eric Voegelin's History of Political Ideas, Volume I, Hellenism, Rome, and Early Christianity

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