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Over the course of his varied and distinguished academic life, Eric Voegelin was often called upon by review editors of scholarly journals as well as by editors in the popular press to examine, summarize, and critically assess the work of other scholars, of statesmen, and of men of affairs. The contents of the books Voegelin reviewed mirror his changing interests over the years, including questions of method, points of legal philosophy and jurisprudence, and issues of race, war, and the afternath of war. Of course, he was frequently called upon as well to review standard texts and new editions and monographs across the full range of political science. This collection of Voegelin's reviews amounts to a reflection in miniature of many of the problems Voegelin tackled in his essays, articles, and books from the 1920s until the 1950s, when, owing to the press of other business, he began to decline requests to review the work of others. Some of his reviews are little more than clinical summaries; others are analytic essays. A few are extended engagements with a text or a set of problems. Occasionally, particularly among the later reviews originally written in English, one finds flashes of Voegelin's legendary wit and a restrained impatience with the inadequate approaches or sheer incompetence of others. These book reviews will be of interest to all students and scholars of Eric Voegelin's work.
|Publication date:||31st January 2002|
|Publisher:||University of Missouri Press|
|Categories:||Literary studies: general, Political science & theory, History of ideas,|
Jodi Cockerill is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Government and International Studies, University of Notre Dame, and a Junior Research Fellow at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institut fur Politische Wissenschaft, University of Munich. Barry Cooper is Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary in Canada. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Eric Voegelin and the Foundations of Modern Political Science (University of Missouri Press).More About Eric Voegelin