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Seminar: Tensions of Power in World History: Eric Voegelin's 'Order and History'
Date: 10 March 2010 

You are cordially invited to attend the following talk held as part of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures' new Seminar Series:

Tensions of Power in World History: Eric Voegelin's 'Order and History'

by Paul Caringella
(Hoover Institution at Stanford University)

Date: 10 March 2010 (Wednesday)
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue: LE7, Library Extension

Eric Voegelin (1901-1985) is considered one of the major theorists of history in the 20th century. His five volume 'Order and History' (1956-1987) has been compared to the achievements of Vico, Hegel, Spengler and Toynbee. Paul Caringella has been a student of Voegelin’s work for more than 40 years. He will introduce the seminar to Voegelin’s core notion: "Anamnesis" (Remembrance) that forms the basis of Voegelin's demands on the social and historical sciences as well as of his own "method," that of a "loving skepsis." Anamnesis is both personal without being idiosyncratic and social without being locked into a Hegelian "System of Science." Voegelin's most well-known work before 'Order and History' is the 'New Science of Politics', always remaining in print since its publication in 1952 by the University of Chicago. Represented by more than 60 years of publications in German and English, Voegelin's life story itself is a dramatic one that will provide the context for Caringella’s remarks.

Paul Caringella has been since 1979 Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University, serving as Eric Voegelin's last assistant before Voegelin's death in 1985. Head of the Voegelin Literary Trust and director of the Editorial Board of the 'Collected Works of Eric Voegelin', he lectures often around the world on Voegelin as well as Emmanuel Levinas with whom he worked in Paris in 1972.

All are welcome. No registration is required.
For enquiries, please contact Dr Marie Berne,

Please find below details of upcoming talks in the SMLC Seminar Series:

The Study of Political Leadership in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy by Roland Vogt (European Studies)
March 24  (Wed), 4.30-6.30 PM, LE7 (Library Extension)

Periodic Struggles: Origins of Menstruation Leave in 20th century Japan by Izumi Nakayama (Japanese Studies)
April 7 (Wed), 4.30-6.30 PM, Main Building Convocation Room (tbc)

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