A Friendship That Lasted a Lifetime: The Correspondence by Gerhard Wagner, Gilbert Weiss (Eds.)

By Gerhard Wagner, Gilbert Weiss (Eds.)


Scholarly correspondence will be as insightful as scholarly paintings itself, because it usually records the motivating forces of its writers’ highbrow rules whereas illuminating their lives extra basically. The extra complicated the authors’ scholarly works and the extra the eras during which they lived, the extra massive, and in all probability attention-grabbing, their correspondence. this is often very true of the letters among Alfred Schutz (18991959) and Eric Voegelin (19011985). the students lived in really dramatic occasions and produced profound, advanced works that proceed to confound teachers. The communique among those giants of the social sciences, as they despatched their strategies to each other, was once the most important to the paintings of either men.



            A Friendship That Lasted a life-time: The Correspondence among Alfred Schutz and Eric Voegelin demonstrates that Schutz and Voegelin shared a extraordinary friendship: they first met as scholars in Vienna within the 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 two decades they wrote one another, constructing their respective medical works in that discussion. The letters undergo witness to their friendship in the course of the years they spent in exile within the usa, and so they rfile the men’s tentative makes an attempt at formulating the theories of “lifeworld” and “gnosis” linked to Schutz and Voegelin today.



            the full choice of 238 letters used to be 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 heritage to their most vital techniques. 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 distinct examine significant social scientists. This quantity is a necessary source within the examine of Voegelin’s political philosophy and Alfred Schutz’s contribution to American sociology and marks a huge addition to the literature on those notable males. displaying how scholarly discourse and the discussion of way of life can make clear each other, the booklet ultimately offers this correspondence for an American viewers and isn't to be ignored via students of philosophy and sociology.

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The teleology can be “understood from” [“herausverstanden”] the historical forms of philosophizing themselves. (c). The so “understood from” and articulated teleology makes it possible for the telos itself to be articulated, and thus this [articulation] becomes the task of contemporary philosophizing (Husserl’s task). (d). In this way, the personal philosophical task develops out of the understanding of the telos found in the history of the modern spirit. (e). However, that does not make the task historically relative.

The telos of history only reveals itself in the interpretation of the final establishment that Husserl makes. With its help, the philosophers of the past can be understood better than they understood themselves. (h). From the privileged position of the finally established teleological interpretation of history, it follows that historical arguments cannot refute it (for example, that as a matter of fact, it can be philologically demonstrated that the philosopher interpreted by Husserl had an entirely different intention than the one attributed to him by Husserl, based on the latter’s knowledge of the telos).

Is nothing other than the philosopher’s genuine self-reflection on what he is truly seeking, on what is in him as a will coming from the will as the will of his spiritual forefathers. ”9 (bb) “But to every primal establishment [Urstiftung] essentially belongs a final establishment [Endstiftung] assigned as a task to the historical process. , the character of apodictic steps. ) (g). The “final establishment” must be distinguished from the meditative selfexaminations that every philosopher in history has engaged in as a means of determining his place in relationship to contemporaries who philosophize and to those who philosophized in the past.

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