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Download PDF by Gerhard Wagner, Gilbert Weiss (Eds.): A Friendship That Lasted a Lifetime: The Correspondence

By Gerhard Wagner, Gilbert Weiss (Eds.)

ISBN-10: 082621911X

ISBN-13: 9780826219114

 

Scholarly correspondence might be as insightful as scholarly paintings itself, because it frequently files the motivating forces of its writers’ highbrow rules whereas illuminating their lives extra essentially. The extra complicated the authors’ scholarly works and the extra stricken the eras during which they lived, the extra vast, and in all likelihood interesting, their correspondence. this is often very true of the letters among Alfred Schutz (18991959) and Eric Voegelin (19011985). the students lived in awfully dramatic occasions and produced profound, advanced works that proceed to confound lecturers. The conversation among those giants of the social sciences, as they despatched their strategies to each other, used to be an 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 awesome friendship: they first met as scholars in Vienna within the Nineteen Twenties and located themselves nice companions in dialogue; years later they have been driven out of Europe via Nazi strain and went to paintings at separate American universities. For 20 years they wrote one another, constructing their respective clinical works in that discussion. The letters endure witness to their friendship throughout the years they spent in exile within the usa, they usually rfile the men’s tentative makes an attempt at formulating the theories of “lifeworld” and “gnosis” linked to Schutz and Voegelin today.

 

 

            the complete choice of 238 letters was once revealed 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 historical past to their most vital options. Editors Gerhard Wagner and Gilbert Weiss don't study 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 worthwhile source within the research of Voegelin’s political philosophy and Alfred Schutz’s contribution to American sociology and marks an incredible addition to the literature on those striking males. displaying how scholarly discourse and the discussion of way of life can make clear each other, the publication ultimately provides this correspondence for an American viewers and isn't to be neglected by way of students of philosophy and sociology.

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10. 1 Please accept my heartfelt thanks, and let me assure you that your gift has made me very happy. I don’t know a single one of these plays and had been considering getting the book myself in order to familiarize myself with this period of drama about which I know almost nothing. It has come at just the right time, and I will dive into it immediately. Let me also thank you for your letter of the 2nd of this month. It’s a crying shame that we live so far apart; I am working intensely on my “History” and discover new problems every day.

As far as the letter from Thomas Mann is concerned, his position is as bad as his grammar. I can’t believe that anywhere else in the world a nation’s most prominent writer would be able to combine such ignorance of the language in which he expresses himself with such abysmal banalities. I have shown your introduction to a few friends and they are absolutely elated, not just by what you say but by how you say it. Nevertheless, I sincerely hope the text will not be published. It doesn’t help anybody, and you will only do yourself a great deal of harm.

Sometimes—for example, today after reading the newspapers—it strikes me that the idea of wanting to have an extended stay in Europe is plain stupid. And I ask myself if, instead, I should perhaps be asking my friends to find an instructorship for me at a black college. But in my heart, I don’t think war will break out in Europe. I think I told you that my family and I fled the New York heat for Larchmont (near New Rochelle), where at least my wife has it easier, since we live in a good and relatively inexpensive pension where she is no longer burdened with having to manage a household.

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