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 frequently records the motivating forces of its writers’ highbrow principles whereas illuminating their lives extra essentially. The extra advanced the authors’ scholarly works and the extra afflicted the eras during which they lived, the extra significant, 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 quite dramatic occasions and produced profound, complicated works that proceed to confound teachers. The verbal exchange among those giants of the social sciences, as they despatched their options 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 amazing friendship: they first met as scholars in Vienna within the 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 in the course of 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 full number of 238 letters used to be revealed in German in 2004, yet this edited quantity is the 1st to provide their correspondence in English and gives a range of crucial letters—those that contributed to the thinkers’ theoretical discussions and served as historical past to their most vital strategies. Editors Gerhard Wagner and Gilbert Weiss don't learn 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 examine of Voegelin’s political philosophy and Alfred Schutz’s contribution to American sociology and marks a major addition to the literature on those extraordinary males. exhibiting how scholarly discourse and the discussion of lifestyle can make clear each other, the ebook eventually provides this correspondence for an American viewers and isn't to be overlooked by way of students of philosophy and sociology.

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Also in CP, 1:118–39. 2. Schütz, “Editor’s Preface to Edmund Husserl, ‘Notizen zur Raumkonstitution,’” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 1 (1940): 21–23. 3. Fritz Kaufmann, “Phenomenology and Logical Empiricism,” in Essays in Memory of Edmund Husserl, 124–42. 9. Schütz to Voegelin December 2, 1940 Dear Friend: Please accept my heartfelt thanks for your very kind letter of the 23rd. What you say about Husserl and the way he worked is all too true. One could reply that many authors work the same way.

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. Kant’s metaphysics of history also encountered the problem of a reason that develops toward 36 Friendship That Lasted a Lifetime perfection in an infinite historical process.

He is also, what I didn’t know before, the author of the anonymously published war novel, Ginster, which also first appeared in the Frankfurter newspaper. He has written and made available to me what I consider to be an excellent study, of about 200 typewritten pages, on the techniques of political propaganda. Since he lives under very strained circumstances, and because his work appears to me to be very original, I would like to do what I can to help him have the manuscript published in America.

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