First published in 1968, Science, Politics and Gnosticism comprises two essays by Eric Voegelin (190185), arguably one of the most provocative and influential political philosophers of the last century. In these essays, Voegelin contends that certain modern movements, including positivism, Hegelianism, Marxism, and the "God is dead" school, are variants of the gnostic tradition he identified in his classic work The New Science of Politics. Voegelin attempts to resolve the intellectual confusion that has resulted from the dominance of gnostic thought by clarifying the distinction between political gnosticism and the philosophy of politics. Including an introduction by the noted Voegelin scholar Ellis Sandoz, this book's brief exposition of key Voegelinian concepts makes it especially valuable for those seeking a deeper understanding of the fundamental thrust of Voegelin's thought.
What They're Saying...
"A master work of scholarship by Eric Voegelin."
“One of the most distinguished interpreters to Americans of the non-liberal streams of European thought.”
— American Political Science Review
“To understand Voegelin’s philosophy of order-disorder, it is necessary to recognize that his philosophy is the protest of good against evil…. Behind Voegelin the historian is Voegelin the prophet crying, ‘Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil’ (Isaiah 5:20).”
— Paul Grimley Kuntz, author, The Ten Commandments in History
"This volume deepens our understanding of Voegelin’s classic thesis, presented in his major work The New Science of Politics, where ancient Gnosticism pervades the liberal ideologies of Hegelianism, Marxism, and positivism. A new introduction by Ellis Sandoz creates an accessible beginning to Voegelin’s most important contribution to philosophy.”
— Science & Theology News