Diagnosis and salvation: Revolution, history and Augustine in Rosenstock-Huessy and Eric Voegelin

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    Eric Voegelin and Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy provide an interesting and important contrast in their Augustinian diagnoses of modernity and the role of revolution and faith in salvation in history. For Eric Voegelin the desolation of modern humanity springs from its unreal elevation of the self - its Gnostic inheritance - and its immanentization of God and the eschaton into history and progress. In keeping with this is the moderns' failure to appreciate that the symbolic order required for a fulfilling human community and experience relies upon the necessity of maintaining God as a beyond in relation to society, man and world. Rosenstock-Huessy is also concerned that the failure of the moderns to understand the sign and significance of God is disastrous. And like Voegelin he is deeply opposed to modern Gnosticism and the pathologies that emerge from it, but Rosenstock-Huessy is also interested in something that is not Voegelin's primary concern - mainly the role of providence in history.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)40-52
    Number of pages13
    JournalThesis Eleven
    Volume116
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013

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