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

By Gerhard Wagner,Gilbert Weiss,William Petropulos

Scholarly correspondence will be as insightful as scholarly paintings itself, because it usually files the motivating forces of its writers’ highbrow rules whereas illuminating their lives extra truly. The extra complicated the authors’ scholarly works and the extra afflicted the eras during which they lived, the extra monstrous, and probably interesting, their correspondence. this can be very true of the letters among Alfred Schutz (18991959) and Eric Voegelin (19011985). the students lived in exceedingly dramatic occasions and produced profound, advanced works that proceed to confound teachers. The verbal exchange among those giants of the social sciences, as they despatched their options 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 amazing 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 two decades they wrote one another, constructing their respective clinical works in that discussion. The letters undergo witness to their friendship throughout 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 selection 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 range of crucial letters—those that contributed to the thinkers’ theoretical discussions and served as historical past to their most vital strategies. Editors Gerhard Wagner and Gilbert Weiss don't study 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 special examine significant social scientists. This quantity is a useful source within the learn of Voegelin’s political philosophy and Alfred Schutz’s contribution to American sociology and marks a major addition to the literature on those impressive males. exhibiting how scholarly discourse and the discussion of daily life can make clear each other, the publication ultimately provides this correspondence for an American viewers and isn't to be ignored by way of students of philosophy and sociology.

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