By Gerhard Wagner, Gilbert Weiss (Eds.)


Scholarly correspondence could be as insightful as scholarly paintings itself, because it frequently files the motivating forces of its writers’ highbrow principles whereas illuminating their lives extra essentially. The extra complicated the authors’ scholarly works and the extra the eras during which they lived, the extra tremendous, and almost certainly attention-grabbing, their correspondence. this can be very true of the letters among Alfred Schutz (18991959) and Eric Voegelin (19011985). the students lived in exceptionally dramatic instances and produced profound, complicated works that proceed to confound teachers. The conversation among those giants of the social sciences, as they despatched their strategies to each other, used to be an 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 striking 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 endure witness to their friendship through the years they spent in exile within the usa, and so they record the men’s tentative makes an attempt at formulating the theories of “lifeworld” and “gnosis” linked to Schutz and Voegelin today.



            the complete selection of 238 letters was once revealed in German in 2004, yet this edited quantity is the 1st to offer their correspondence in English and gives a range of an important letters—those that contributed to the thinkers’ theoretical discussions and served as heritage to their most important concepts. 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 spanking new interpretations.



            A Friendship That Lasted a Lifetime takes a different examine significant social scientists. This quantity is a worthy source within the learn of Voegelin’s political philosophy and Alfred Schutz’s contribution to American sociology and marks a major addition to the literature on those amazing males. displaying how scholarly discourse and the discussion of way of life can make clear each other, the e-book ultimately offers this correspondence for an American viewers and isn't to be ignored by way of students of philosophy and sociology.

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A Friendship That Lasted a Lifetime: The Correspondence Between Alfred Schütz and Eric Voegelin

 Scholarly correspondence may be as insightful as scholarly paintings itself, because it frequently files the motivating forces of its writers’ highbrow rules whereas illuminating their lives extra in actual fact. The extra advanced the authors’ scholarly works and the extra stricken the eras within which they lived, the extra enormous, and in all likelihood interesting, their correspondence.

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But more and more I understand the reasons for your aversion to it. Of course, dear friend, that is a confession that I will only make to you. I am still prepared to defend Husserl tooth and nail against all Positivists. I reached these conclusions primarily as the result of a renewed examination of Husserl’s basic position, which I had to engage in because I am scheduled to deliver a paper at the Christmas meeting of the American Philosophical Association. 2 It makes no reference to Husserl. I will mail it to you shortly.

I do not want to put you under any pressure—after all, I know how much you have to do—but you know how highly I value your judgment, and if you have any advice to give, and are willing to give it, the last opportunity when I will still be able to profit from your criticism is rapidly approaching. 3 The news of a modest success just arrived, which will be very useful to me for my position here. The Williamsburg Institute for National Policy offered a prize for a memorandum on “The Next Ten Years of American Foreign Policy” (An analysis of the determining factors).

His answer is the telos that was initially established and then, in various ways, developed more and more clearly until it arrived at the apodictic final establishment. Or, to translate Husserl’s language into a more vulgar idiom: Husserl is a philosopher of progress in the best manner of the period in which the German Empire was founded; a period for which Nietzsche had a few choice words. Every philosophy of progress based on the assumption of a developing telos must solve the weighty problem of relevance that already Kant found deeply troubling.

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