The essays in this collection hor Professor Ellis Sandoz, Hermann Moyse, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Political Science and founding director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies, an institute at Louisiana State University devoted to research and publication in the fields of political philosophy and constitutionalism. Sandoz was one of Eric Voegelin's early students and his very first American doctoral candidate. Without the dauntless efforts of Sandoz - both academic and ecomic - the thirty-four volumes of The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin would never have neared completion within only twenty years of Voegelin's death. Each essay was written especially for this volume and addresses a subject of interest to Sandoz from a Voegelinian approach. Grouped into the disciplines of philosophy, literature, and politics, the essays range freely and broadly across these subjects, exploring works of Eric Voegelin, Xephon, Freud, George Santayana, Robert Penn Warren, and Peter Nadas. Other pieces focus on the Velvet Revolution, the nature of Law, modern philosophy, human dignity, and related ideas. Philosophy, Literature, and Politics is a fitting tribute to a man whose lifework has been the continuation of the study of Voegelin and political philosophy. The essays break new theoretical and philosophical ground and provide food for thought for any scholar of English literature, philosophy, or political science eager to tackle new subjects and reconsider old ones.
Charles R. Embry is Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University-Commerce and the editor of Robert B. Heilman and Eric Voegelin: A Friendship in Letters, 1944-1984 (University of Missouri Press). Barry Cooper is Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including most recently New Political Religions, or an Analysis of Modern Terrorism (University of Missouri Press).