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Eric Voegelin’s Philosophy Of Law And Ethics: A Critique

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In the academic world of the present, political, legal, and moral philosophy are intellectually more or less separate continents. The average political philosopher knows little of legal and moral philosophy, nor is he more than superficially interested in either of them. The same goes, mutatis mutandis, for the average legal and moral philosopher. A few political philosophers, however, do not fit into these modern categories. Eric Voegelin is one of those rare specimens. This chapter discusses that, on crucial points, Voegelin's ideas fall short of the ancient original. It begins with an exposition and critique of Voegelin's conception of law and then turn to his view of ethics. In The Nature of Law(NL), Voegelin mentions the order in the soul a few times and the spoudaios once.

Keywords: Eric Voegelin; Nature of Law(NL); spoudaios



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