The Authoritarian State: An Essay on the Problem of the Austrian State

The Authoritarian State: An Essay on the Problem of the Austrian State

The Authoritarian State: An Essay on the Problem of the Austrian State

The Authoritarian State: An Essay on the Problem of the Austrian State

Synopsis

A radical critique of Hans Kelsen's pure theory of law lies at the heart of this work, marking Voegelin's definitive departure from Neo-Kantian epistemology. For the first time, Voegelin elaborates on the important distinction between theoretical concepts and political symbols as a basis for explaining the nontheoretical and speculative character of ideologies, both left and right. He shows that total and authoritarian are symbols of ideological self-interpretation that have no theoretical value, a distinction basic to his later work in The New Science of Politics.
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