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Scholarly correspondence should be as insightful as scholarly paintings itself, because it frequently records the motivating forces of its writers’ highbrow principles whereas illuminating their lives extra in actual fact. The extra complicated the authors’ scholarly works and the extra bothered the eras within which they lived, the extra immense, and probably attention-grabbing, their correspondence. this is often very true of the letters among Alfred Schutz (18991959) and Eric Voegelin (19011985). the students lived in tremendously dramatic occasions and produced profound, complicated works that proceed to confound teachers. The verbal exchange among those giants of the social sciences, as they despatched their concepts to each other, was once the most important to the paintings of either men.

 

 

            A Friendship That Lasted an entire life: The Correspondence among Alfred Schutz and Eric Voegelin demonstrates that Schutz and Voegelin shared a extraordinary friendship: they first met as scholars in Vienna within the Twenties and located themselves nice companions in dialogue; years later they have been driven out of Europe by means of Nazi strain and went to paintings at separate American universities. For two decades they wrote one another, constructing their respective clinical works in that discussion. The letters endure witness to their friendship in the course of the years they spent in exile within the usa, and so they rfile the men’s tentative makes an attempt at formulating the theories of “lifeworld” and “gnosis” linked to Schutz and Voegelin today.

 

 

            the complete number of 238 letters was once published in German in 2004, yet this edited quantity is the 1st to offer their correspondence in English and provides a variety of crucial letters—those that contributed to the thinkers’ theoretical discussions and served as heritage to their most vital ideas. Editors Gerhard Wagner and Gilbert Weiss don't learn Schutz’s and Voegelin’s works in gentle of the correspondence—rather, they current the gathering to create a framework for brand new interpretations.

 

 

            A Friendship That Lasted a Lifetime takes a distinct examine significant social scientists. This quantity is a necessary source within the research of Voegelin’s political philosophy and Alfred Schutz’s contribution to American sociology and marks a major addition to the literature on those striking males. exhibiting how scholarly discourse and the discussion of daily life can make clear each other, the publication eventually offers this correspondence for an American viewers and isn't to be ignored by way of students of philosophy and sociology.

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The next time you have a free moment, please give me the pleasure of receiving a few lines from you. Come what may, I want to stay in touch. With very best wishes from Ilse and me to you and Frau Lissy. Yours, Schütz 16 Friendship That Lasted a Lifetime 1. Elisabeth de Waal, nee von Ephrussi (1899–2001). 2. Thomas Mann wrote to Voegelin on December 18, 1938, to thank him for the gift of Die Politischen Religionen (Vienna: Bermann-Fischer Verlag, 1938). While praising the work for its compact presentation of an important aspect of our “precarious and dangerous epoch,” Mann thought that Voegelin had been so “objective” that his position might be misunderstood as speaking for the National Socialism that he was criticizing.

My wife, who very much enjoyed her visit with your wife in New York, has returned after taking care of all the things that had to be done. She was also able to meet her mother when she arrived at London airport from Vienna, where she had endured almost interminable difficulties. She will now live in England with her son. Since, in any case, we have to have the children emigrate within four months, and in view of the unstable political situation, we have decided to take the trip together. Therefore with my wife and children I will embark on July 14th aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam for the United States.

I will have to ask you to please excuse me if, at some points, it is not as clear as it should be. It’s extremely bothersome to be under such textual constraints that the implications of many problems cannot be adequately developed. All in all, it’s a pretty mad business to try to write such a history in just two hundred pages. Our trip to northern Wisconsin begins early Monday morning. Both of us can drive a bit, and we hope to reach our destination sometime Tuesday, a lake with some log cabins.

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