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  • Print publication year: 2011
  • Online publication date: June 2012

5 - The philosopher's vocation: the Voegelinian paradigm

Summary
In his personal and scholarly demeanor, Eric Voegelin's stance was overtly and explicitly that of a philosopher and teacher professing truth and resisting corruption. The responsive center of the philosopher's calling lies in the divine-human partnership, understood as participation in the process-structure governing metaxic-reality-experienced with the philosopher cast in the role of representative man. At the conclusion of the lecture on the German university, Voegelin invoked the words of the prophet Ezekiel as fitting therapy for the pneumopathology of consciousness he had diagnosed and sketched in his meditation on the Nazi disorders. Most of Voegelin's major work lay ahead, and twenty years after the abrupt departure from Vienna he returned to Munich, partly motivated by the hope of instilling the spirit of American democracy into Germany and of injecting an element of international consciousness, and of democratic attitudes, into German political science.
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Political Philosophy in the Twentieth Century
  • Online ISBN: 9781139028530
  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139028530
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