The confidence in progress that bureaucrats proclaim in directing historical change was undermined by the absence of a directional law in the realm of…
The concept of progress was a crucial feature in the ideology of the war state to justify its centralization of power at the expense of intermediate…
The relationship between American intellectuals and political leaders was not confined to the Democratic Party. The most recent example of this alliance…
Alienation and America With the decline of intermediate institutions and the rise of alienation, the modern individual searched for community in the…
In the preface to The Quest for Community, Robert Nisbet explained the theme of his work: “I have chosen to deal with the political cause of the…
This was originally published in VoegelinView on August 19, 2015. Allergic to Crazy: Quick Thoughts on Politics, Education, and Culture, Rightly…
American Academic Cultures: A History of Higher Education. Paul H. Mattingly. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. With higher education in…
Ivan Illich (1926-2002) was a one-time Catholic priest, Austrian philosopher, and anarchist social critic of various forms of professional authority…
The Pursuit of Wisdom and Happiness in Education: Historical Sources and Contemplative Practices. Sean Steel. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2014. Aimed at…
Teacher Education and the Pursuit of Wisdom: A Practical Guide for Education Philosophy Courses. Sean Steel. New York: Peter Lang, 2018. Teacher…
In the past several essays, I have reviewed some of the twentieth and twentieth-first century great thinkers as teachers: Eric Voegelin, Ellis Sandoz…
In the past couple of essays, I have looked at Leo Strauss and Harvey Mansfield as teachers in a climate of positivism, relativism, and academic…