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Scholarly correspondence might be as insightful as scholarly paintings itself, because it frequently files the motivating forces of its writers’ highbrow rules whereas illuminating their lives extra basically. The extra advanced the authors’ scholarly works and the extra bothered the eras within which they lived, the extra monstrous, and very likely 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 teachers. The communique among those giants of the social sciences, as they despatched their innovations to each other, was once the most 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 awesome 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 medical works in that discussion. The letters endure witness to their friendship throughout the years they spent in exile within the usa, they usually rfile the men’s tentative makes an attempt at formulating the theories of “lifeworld” and “gnosis” linked to Schutz and Voegelin today.



            the total selection of 238 letters was once revealed in German in 2004, yet this edited quantity is the 1st to provide their correspondence in English and gives a variety of crucial 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 examine Schutz’s and Voegelin’s works in mild 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 important source within the learn of Voegelin’s political philosophy and Alfred Schutz’s contribution to American sociology and marks a big addition to the literature on those awesome males. exhibiting how scholarly discourse and the discussion of daily life can make clear each other, the e-book 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 awards included the $450 “national prizes” and nine regional prizes of $300 each. A letter from Mary Fielder of the Institute for National Policy from June 3, 1941, points out that Voegelin and his three students, Jean Clabough, William Stewart, and Henry Toulmin, had won the first prize for region number 4, which included Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana. The news made the local paper. See “University Committee Wins Essay Contest” in the Montgomery Advertiser, May 25, 1941 (HIA-EV B90 F01).

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Schütz, “William James’s Concept of the Stream of Thought Phenomenologically Interpreted,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 1 (1941): 442–52. Also in CP, 3:1–14. 2. Alfred Schütz and Talcott Parsons, The Theory of Social Action: The Correspondence of Alfred Schütz and Talcott Parsons, ed. Richard Grathoff (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1978). 10. 1 Please accept my heartfelt thanks, and let me assure you that your gift has made me very happy. I don’t know a single one of these plays and had been considering getting the book myself in order to familiarize myself with this period of drama about which I know almost nothing.

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