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

By Gerhard Wagner, Gilbert Weiss (Eds.)


Scholarly correspondence may be as insightful as scholarly paintings itself, because it usually records 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 immense, and in all probability attention-grabbing, their correspondence. this can be very true of the letters among Alfred Schutz (18991959) and Eric Voegelin (19011985). the students lived in quite dramatic occasions and produced profound, advanced works that proceed to confound lecturers. The verbal exchange among those giants of the social sciences, as they despatched their concepts to each other, used to be an 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 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 means of Nazi strain and went to paintings at separate American universities. For 20 years they wrote one another, constructing their respective clinical works in that discussion. The letters undergo witness to their friendship through the years they spent in exile within the usa, they usually record the men’s tentative makes an attempt at formulating the theories of “lifeworld” and “gnosis” linked to Schutz and Voegelin today.



            the full selection of 238 letters was once published in German in 2004, yet this edited quantity is the 1st to provide their correspondence in English and provides a variety of an important letters—those that contributed to the thinkers’ theoretical discussions and served as heritage to their most vital options. Editors Gerhard Wagner and Gilbert Weiss don't research 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 special examine significant social scientists. This quantity is a priceless source within the research of Voegelin’s political philosophy and Alfred Schutz’s contribution to American sociology and marks an incredible addition to the literature on those notable males. exhibiting how scholarly discourse and the discussion of lifestyle can make clear each other, the ebook ultimately offers this correspondence for an American viewers and isn't to be overlooked by means of students of philosophy and sociology.

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With love and best wishes you to and your wife, and especially with heartfelt wishes for your work. Yours, Schütz The Letters 27 1. Voegelin, “Some Problems of German Hegemony,” Journal of Politics 3 (1941): 154– 68. Also in CW, 10, Published Essays, 1940–1952, ed. Ellis Sandoz (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2000), 62–75. 2. The phrase “along lines now beyond our wildest imaginations” was written by Schütz in English. 3. On this correspondence between Voegelin and Maximilian Mintz, see Thomas A.

This letter has not been found. 2. Voegelin’s new position at the University of Alabama began in the autumn of 1939. 3. Unidentified MS. See Schütz’s letter to Voegelin from March 3, 1939. 6. 1 I delayed answering until now because I have been waiting from day to day for news from Europe on whether to begin my return trip on the 28th as planned. In view of the present world crisis, this would have been all the more unpleasant since, up to now, all my efforts to take out first papers have been unsuccessful and I would not even have been able to avoid French military service.

Yours, Schütz 16 Friendship That Lasted a Lifetime 1. Elisabeth de Waal, nee von Ephrussi (1899–2001). 2. Thomas Mann wrote to Voegelin on December 18, 1938, to thank him for the gift of Die Politischen Religionen (Vienna: Bermann-Fischer Verlag, 1938). While praising the work for its compact presentation of an important aspect of our “precarious and dangerous epoch,” Mann thought that Voegelin had been so “objective” that his position might be misunderstood as speaking for the National Socialism that he was criticizing.

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