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The Conservative Rebellion

August 10, 2016

Dr. Grant Haver, chairman of the Philosophy Department at Trinity Western University in British Columbia, has reviewed The Conservative Rebellion at the online Facebook page called Voegelinview.

Here is the direct link to Dr. Haver’s review of The Conservative Rebellion.

Voegelinview was founded to provide a public space for academic scholarship “on culture, education, literature, philosophy, politics, religion, and society” by scholars influenced by Eric Voegelin. As you scroll the pages of Voegelinview you’ll see that there is something called the “Voegelin Society” that gathers at annual meetings of the American Political Science Association.

This year will be the 32nd meeting of the  Voegelin Society.

In mid-Twentieth Century, Eric Voegelin and Leo Strauss introduced American students to the discoveries of philosophy of the ancient Greek natural philosophers, tragedians, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. I was a student of Eric Voegelin and The Conservative Rebellion applies  concepts I studied with Voegelin on order, politics, religion and ideology to analysis of how American conservative “Rebels” of the present day are effective politically.

That effectiveness or influence of Conservative Rebels is not always visible, especially in light of our understanding of the “Rebellion” as spiritual as well as political.  Much of what fashions this rebellion is found in the silent stirrings of the human soul as it confronts disorders of our American culture and the civilization of the West.

Dr. Haver is “Professor of Philosophy and Political Studies” which, in the United States, is an unusual “mix.”

Our Political Science Departments deal with institutional structures, political parties and law and very seldom feature the philosophical foundations of the “science” of politics which originated in ancient Greece. Indeed, at most American research universities you will find no examination of these influences which is all the more reason that many Americans look to Europe and Canada for deeper thinking than can be found in American “higher” education.

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