Revolutions: Finished and Unfinished, From Primal to Final is an important philosophical contribution to the study of revolution. It not only makes new contributions to the study of particular revolutions, but to developing a philosophy of revolution itself. Many of the contributors have been inspired by the philosophical approaches of Eric Voegelin or Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, and the tension between these two social philosophies adds to the philosophical uniqueness and richness of the work.
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“In view of our historical experience in the ‘short’ 20th century – the age of extremes which began in the cataclysms of the ‘Great War,’ 1914–1918, and ended with the collapse of the Soviet Empire, thanks to the series of democratic revolutions which went through our region in the annus mirabilis 1989 – the term ‘revolution’ studied here more philosophico surely represents a great challenge for current Central European political thought. This edited volume is, in my view, a very rare and very welcome contribution to today’s revolution debate. The best book I have read since my first encounters with the seminal works on this topic, such as Hannah Arendt’s On Revolution or Eric Voegelin’s New Science of Politics.”– Martin Palouš, Permanent Representative to the United Nations for the Czech Republic and signatory to Charter 77“This book draws on two scholars – Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy and Eric Voegelin – who defied the trends of the modern university by refusing to make distinctions between sociology, politics, history, theology and philosophy. As one of the contributors correctly states, what we learn from them is that ‘understanding revolution’ is part of an inquiry, simultaneously historical and allegorical, into the ‘spiritual dimension of human participation in the process of reality as the experienced tension between order and disorder.’ It is ambitious to talk about revolutions, or, for that matter, any type of social or political phenomena, in this manner. But, arguably, it is just what the social sciences and social philosophy need today.”– Eduardo de la Fuentes, Lecturer in Sociology, Flinders University of South Australia“This fine book surveys the scope of revolution as the defining mark of Western civilization and of modernity itself. It ranges from philosophical reflection to the study of revolutions reaching as far back as the Primordial revolution to the Orwellian revolution we find ourselves participant to in contemporary events. Warmly recommended.”– Ellis Sandoz, Distinguished Professor of Political Science; Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies
Paul Caringella is the longest serving Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. He was Eric Voegelin’s personal assistant during the last six years of Voegelin’s life. He is on the editorial board of The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin; editor of Voegelin’s Order and History: In Search of Order (2000); and, with Thomas Hollweck, editor of Voegelin’s What is History? And Other late Unpublished Writing (University of Missouri Press, 1990).Wayne Cristaudo will be taking up the Chair in Politics at Charles Darwin University Northern Territory, having taught European Studies at the University of Hong Kong for seven years. He is the author and editor of more than a dozen books including Religion, Redemption, and Revolution; A Philosophical History of Love; Power, Love and Evil; and Love in the Religions of the World, which he edited with Gregory Kaplan (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012).Glenn “Chip” Hughes is Professor of Philosophy at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, as well as an acclaimed poet, and author of Erato: Twenty Elegies and Sleeping at the Open Window. His philosophical works include Mystery and Myth in the Philosophy of Eric Voegelin, Transcendence and History: The Search for Ultimacy from Ancient Societies to Postmodernity, and A More Beautiful Question: The Spiritual in Poetry and Art.