39th International Meeting of the Eric Voegelin Society at APSA

Thank you for your submissions that have made the upcoming program of the Eric Voegelin Society possible. It is gratifying to see the range of Voegelin and Voegelin related studies that are abundantly on display. As you know we have continually enlargedour range of interests beyond what an association with a name like ours might suggest. Ican only imagine that Voegelin would approve. He always wanted to be on the frontiers of science, never merely curating past accomplishments. We carry on his work by forging
ahead along new lines of inquiry that demonstrate we are engaged in a living enterprise. Yet we are also conscious of the need to appropriate what we have received, and therefore to ensure we possess a sufficiently solid basis on which the forward movementcan proceed. None of us can do this alone. We rely on the conversation and support ofothers who are travelling the same road. This is the principal justification for our annualmeetings and one of the main reasons I am pleased to play a small part in facilitatingthem. I look forward to seeing you in the City of Angels, even as I am well aware that ithas not been the most convenient venue for many. You will notice that we have not beenable to fill all our panels completely. So there is still time to encourage colleagues orstudents who may wish to participate to get in touch. In the meantime, do not forget tocirculate your papers to me and your fellow panelists well in advance of our meeting. Iremind you also to register with our host, the American Political Science association,indicating EVS as your preferred Partner Association. The latter step does not incur any financial obligation, but you should be aware that we too require financial support. Please consider using our donate button found here, or you may contact our treasurer, David Whitney. Financial donations and support can go to our humanities journal, VOEGELINVIEW, which under the innovative leadership of our new editor, Paul Krause, has seen its readership significantly increased in the past year alongside internalchanges; donations can also go to support the Eric Voegelin Society by checks or credit card donations through Nicholls Foundation. As aclosing note I want acknowledge the appearance of vol.2 of Eric Voegelin Studies: Democracy and Representation, edited by Giuliana Parotto, a handsomely produced volume from Brill, with Harald Bergbauer as managing editor of the series.

Panel 1. Science and American Political Thought
Chair: Barry Cooper; University of Calgary
Scientism, Liberalism, and the Response to COVID-19 in the United States
David Whitney; Nicholls State University
“Gorgons, Hydras, and Chimeras Dire”: Literary Limits in the Federalist
Matt Cantirino, ; Assumption University
A Kathechontic Approach to White Christian Nationalism
Juan Pablo Aranda Vargas; Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estadode Puebla
Discussant: Barry Cooper, University of Calgary

Panel 2. Eric Voegelin and his Interlocutors
James R. Stoner, Jr.; Louisiana State University
Voegelin and Heidegger: Apocalypse Without Apocalypse
David Walsh, Catholic University of America
Eric Voegelin’s View of Friedrich Nietzsche
Harald Bergbauer, University of Applied Sciences Munich
Voegelin and Strauss
Daniel Mahoney, Assumption University
Voegelin, Schelling, and Husserl: A Dialogue on Modes and Limits of Consciousness
Gustavo Santos, Catholic University of America
Discussants: Zdravko Planinc,McMaster University, James R. Stoner, Jr., Louisiana State University

Panel 3. Rulers and Scholars in Medieval Islamic Political Thought
Alex Orwin, Louisiana State University 
Softening Plato: Alfarabi’s Unplatonic Philosopher Rulers
Alex Orwin, Louisiana State University
Rulership in the Virtuous City: A Comparison between Alfarabi’s Political Regime and the Virtuous City
Leo Moradi, Boston University

Between Divine Law and Human Wisdom: Notes on a Trilogy of Averroes’s Works
Karen Taliaferro, Arizona State University
The Caliphate will Last Thirty Years: Political Debates over a Prophetic Hadith
Han Hsien Liew, Arizona State University
Discussants: Alex Orwin, Louisiana State University

Panel 4. Author Meets Critics The History of Experience by Wolfgang Leidhold
John von Heyking, University of Lethbridge; Thomas Heilke, University of British Columbia McPartland, Kentucky State University; Glenn Hughes, St. Mary’s University; Wolfgang Leidhold, University of Cologne

Panel 5. The Founding and Refounding of America
Chair: Steve McGuire, American Council for Trustees and Alumni

Natural and Traditional Rights in the American Founding

Scott Robinson, Schreiner University

The Politics of American Pluralism 

Samuel Sprunk, Nicholls State University, 

Politics, More Art than Science: Recovering the Non-Humean

James Madison, Aaron Alexander Zubia, Furman University

Discussant: Steve McGuire, American Council for Trustees and Alumni


Panel 6. Medieval Continuities in Modern Politics
James Greenaway, St. Mary’s University of Texas

Art as God’s Grandchild: Dante’s Aristotelian Case Against Usury
Monica Jeffery; Catholic University of America
Religious Liberty and the Natural Law in the Scholastic Tradition
Steven Waldorf, University of Chicago
Discussant: James Greenaway, St. Mary’s University of Texas

Panel 7. Roundtable: Totalitarianism in the Past and Its Echoes in the Present
Martin Palouš, Florida International University, Barry Cooper, University of Calgary, James Greenaway, St. Mary’s University, Daniel J. Mahoney, Assumption University, Steve McGuire, American Council for Trustees and Alumni

Panel 8. Taking the Pulse of American Politics
Chair: James R. Stoner, Jr., Louisiana State University
“The Compromise of 1850: The Statesmen of the Senate and the Price of Union”
Kevin J. Burns, Christendom College
Escaping Isolation: Harry Truman and the Sources of Modern Presidential Authority
Jordan Cash, Michigan State University
Liberalism’s Separationism: Views from Rawls and Tocqueville”
Sarah Gustafson, Harvard University
Deliberation, Negotiation, and the Common Good: What Law Does a RepresentativeLegislature Make?
James R. Stoner, Jr., Louisiana State University
Discussants: Lucas Morel, Washington & Lee University,  [on Burns &Stoner], James Patterson, Ave Maria University, [on Cash & Gustafson]

Panel 9. Ramifications of Voegelin’s Project
Thomas Heilke, University of British Columbia
Political Symbols of the Northeast Neolithic
Barry Cooper, University of Calgary
Eric Voegelin and Austria’s Authoritarian Regime: A Reappraisal
Bruno Godefroy, Erlangen University
Language in Eric Voegelin’s Thinking
Pierre-Alain Drien, University of Jean Moulin – Lyon 3
Who Owns the Timeline? Covenant in Voegelin, Buber and Ourselves
Abigail L. Rosenthal, Brooklyn College of the City of New York
Discussants: Thomas Heilke, John McNerney, Catholic University of America

6:30-7:00 – Business Meeting


Panel 10. The Person as the Heart of the Political
Chair: Carol Cooper, The Honors College, University of Houston; 

The Promise and Vision of Weil’s The Need for Roots
Sarah Dunford, Catholic University of America
Radically Personal? Challenges from Robert Bellah, Charles Taylor, and Linda Zagebski
Jerry L. Martin, University of Colorado at Boulder
John Bassett Moore and the Modest Virtues of International Law
David Clinton, Baylor University
Discussants: Stephen Sims, ;Rochester Institute of Technology, Carol Cooper, The Honors College, University of Houston;

Panel 11. Friendship, Universal Love, and Pluralism
Carol B. Cooper, The Honors College, University of Houston; 
Pluralism, Generosity, Charity, and Friendship
Thomas Heilke, University of British Columbia
Friendships in a Friendly Cosmos
Glenn Hughes, St. Mary’s University
Universal Humanity: History as Belonging in the Cosmos
James Greenaway, St. Mary’s University of Texas
The Forgotten Dimension: Bonhoefferian Perspectives on ‘Fraternity’
John McNerney, Catholic University of America
Discussants: Carol Cooper, The Honors College, University of Houston; Holly Elizabeth Ching, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Panel 12. Tocqueville on Religion, Civic Education, and the Nation
Susan McWilliams, Pomona College
Did Tocqueville’s Catholicism Change America, or Vice Versa?
Jeremy Seth Geddert, Assumption University
Tocqueville’s Catholic Social Science
Richard Avramenko, University of Wisconsin
Discussants: James R. Stoner, Jr., Louisiana State University

Panel 13. Prudence and Ethics in Foreign Policy and International Politics
Chair: David Clinton, Baylor University 
The Moral Foundations of Isolationism and Empire
Stephen Sims, Rochester Institute of Technology 
The Tragedy of Small Power Politics: Statesmanship in Rousseau’s Poland and Corsica
Joshua King, United States Military Academy at West Point, 
The Philosophical Problems Posed by Divided Sovereignty in the Annexation of Texas:Sectional Interests and American Foreign Policy
Joseph Natali, Baylor University 
Should Like Cases Be Decided Alike?
Richard Jordan, Baylor University 
Discussant: David Clinton, Baylor University 

Panel 14. Friendship, Loneliness, and the Philosophical Life
Friendship and Loneliness: What does it mean to be a friend with oneself?
Holly Ching, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Return To The Cave: Philia, Eros, And The Erotic-Hermetic Structure Of The Philosophical Life
Thomas Holman, Catholic University of America
Love and Justice from Aristotle to Abolition
Carol Cooper,The Honors College, University of Houston;
What Do We Give When We Give of Ourselves?
John von Heyking, University of Lethbridge
Discussants: James Greenaway, University of St. Mary’s, Steve McGuire,, American Council for Trustees and Alumni

Panel 15. The Primacy of Practice within Theory
Chair: David Sollenberger, Pennsylvania State University 

David Walsh as American Philosopher
David Sollenberger, Pennsylvania State University
Immanuel Kant on the Relationship of Law and Morals
Thomas E. Lordan, Catholic University of America
Institutions and Persons within Politics
Dennis Coyle, The Catholic University of America,
Discussants: Steve McGuire,, American Council for Trustees and Alumni,  David Walsh, Catholic University of America

If you have any questions, please contact David Walsh at walshd@cua.edu.

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David Walsh

Professor of Political Science at The Catholic University of America. He is the author of a three-volume study of modernity: After Ideology: Recovering the Spiritual Foundations of Freedom, The Growth of the Liberal Soul, and The Modern Philosophical Revolution: The Luminosity of Existence.