In this collection of essays, which covers the years from 1934 to 1939, we see Eric Voegelin in the role of both scholar and public intellectual in Vienna until he was forced to flee the Nazi terror that descended on Austria in 1938. These essays encompass a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from Austrian politics, Austrian constitutional history, and European racism, to questions of the formation and expression of public opinion, theories of administrative law, and the role of political science in public university education. Several essays serve as useful commentaries on, elaborations of, or synopses of arguments Voegelin made in the four books he had published between 1928 and 1936. These essays will be of interest to a wide range of scholars, including constitutional historians, historians of political science, political theorists, and students of Voegelin's later work.
Thomas W. Heilke is Associate Professor of Political Science and Distinguished Lecturer in Western Civilization at the University of Kansas. He is the author of Eric Voegelin: In Quest of Reality and Voegelin on the Idea of Race: An Analysis of Modern European Racism. Eric Voegelin (1901-1985) was one of the most original and influential philosophers of our time. Born in Cologne, Germany, he studied at the University of Vienna, where he became a professor of political science in the Faculty of Law. In 1938, he and his wife, fleeing Hitler, immigrated to the United States. They became American citizens in 1944. Voegelin spent much of his career at Louisiana State University, returning to the University of Munich in 1958. He spent the last five years of his career at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University before retiring there to continue his writing. During his lifetime he published dozens of books and more than one hundred articles.
Editor's Introduction; 1. A New Cameral System in the Mirror of History (1934); 2. The Authoritarian State Core (1934); 3. One More Time ""Race and State"" in Political Science: A Rebuttal (1934); 4. The Race Idea and Science: A Clarification (1934); 5. Danse Macabre 1934: A Retrospect on the Commemoration Day of the Dead (1934); 6. Drafting a Constitution for Austria (1934); 7. Race and State (1935); 8. The Administrative Regime: Advantages and Disadvantages (1935); 9. Josef Redlich (1936); 10. Popular Education, Science, and Politics (1936); 11. Changes in the Ideas of Government and Constitution in Austria since 1918 (1937); 12. Flight into Work (1937); 13. Expression of Opinion and Opinion Formation (1937); 14. The New Style of Warfare (1937); 15. Austria and the Studies Conference (1937); 16. What May People Be Allowed to Know? (1937); 17. On Sander's General Political Science (1939)