A Friendship That Lasted a Lifetime: The Correspondence by Gerhard Wagner,Gilbert Weiss,William Petropulos

By Gerhard Wagner,Gilbert Weiss,William Petropulos

Scholarly correspondence might be as insightful as scholarly paintings itself, because it usually files the motivating forces of its writers’ highbrow principles whereas illuminating their lives extra basically. The extra complicated the authors’ scholarly works and the extra afflicted the eras within which they lived, the extra large, and in all probability attention-grabbing, their correspondence. this is often very true of the letters among Alfred Schutz (18991959) and Eric Voegelin (19011985). the students lived in highly dramatic occasions and produced profound, complicated works that proceed to confound teachers. The conversation 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 a life-time: 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 Nineteen Twenties and located themselves nice companions in dialogue; years later they have been driven out of Europe through Nazi strain and went to paintings at separate American universities. For 20 years they wrote one another, constructing their respective medical 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 record the men’s tentative makes an attempt at formulating the theories of “lifeworld” and “gnosis” linked to Schutz and Voegelin today.

            the total selection of 238 letters was once revealed in German in 2004, yet this edited quantity is the 1st to provide their correspondence in English and gives a variety of crucial letters—those that contributed to the thinkers’ theoretical discussions and served as heritage to their most vital techniques. Editors Gerhard Wagner and Gilbert Weiss don't examine Schutz’s and Voegelin’s works in mild of the correspondence—rather, they current the gathering to create a framework for brand new interpretations.

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

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