Philosophy, Literature, and Politics: Essays Honoring Ellis Sandoz

Philosophy, Literature, and Politics: Essays Honoring Ellis Sandoz

Philosophy, Literature, and Politics: Essays Honoring Ellis Sandoz

Philosophy, Literature, and Politics: Essays Honoring Ellis Sandoz

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The essays in this collection honor Professor Ellis Sandoz, Hermann Moyse Jr. Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Louisiana State University, and founding director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies, an institute located at Louisiana State University and devoted to research and publication in the fields of political philosophy, constitutional law, and Voegelin studies. Without the tireless leadership-both academic and economic-of Ellis Sandoz, who was one of Eric Voegelin's early students and his first American doctoral candidate at the University of Munich, the thirty-four volumes of The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin would never have neared completion within only twenty years of Voegelin's death. The authors of the essays, some of the most respected scholars in the field of political philosophy, hail from Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, and the United States. They have known Sandoz in a variety of ways: as former students, as beneficiaries of his work on constitutionalism, as fellow participants in the publication of The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin, as philosophical colleagues, as participating members of the Eric Voegelin Society, and finally as friends. The essays, each written especially for this volume, are grouped into the disciplines of philosophy, literature, and politics and range widely across these subjects, exploring writers as diverse as Xenophon, Natsume Soseki, Freud, and George Santayana and topics ranging from the leadership style of François Mitterrand and the Velvet Revolution to the nature of the Law and of the Political. Philosophy, Literature, and Politics is a fitting tribute to a man whose life's work has been formed by commitment to the philosophical enterprise and by a conviction in Eric Voegelin's contribution to that enterprise. The seventeen essays in this collection will be of particular interest to scholars of politics, comparative government, Japanese studies, political philosophy, and literary criticism.

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We are pleased to present this set of essays to Professor G. Ellis Sandoz, Hermann Moyse Jr. Distinguished Professor of Political Science and founding director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies at Louisiana State University, an institution devoted to research and publication in the fields of political philosophy and constitutionalism. He is a native of Louisiana, whose family first came to the state in 1829 from Switzerland, and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was educated at lsu, the University of North Carolina, Georgetown, Heidelberg, and the University of Munich, where he was the sole American to complete a doctorate under the supervision of Eric Voegelin.

Ellis Sandoz has plowed, sowed, pruned, and harvested the groves of academe for more than forty years. He has served three different universities— Louisiana Tech University, Texas A&M University-Commerce (formerly East Texas State University), and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He is a specialist in American, European, and Russian political philosophy, and he has written extensively on public policy from the perspective provided by his study of the great works in political science. He has done his duty as a department head, served as a leader on the Editorial Board for the publication of the Collected Works of Eric Voegelin, raised financial support for the Collected Works, the Eric Voegelin Institute, and the Eric Voegelin Institute Series in Political Philosophy (University of Missouri Press). Most important, he has encouraged and supported the work of other scholars.

President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the National Council of Humanities in 1982 for a six-year term. in 1987 he was appointed by the Board of Foreign Scholarships as Fulbright 40th Anniversary Distinguished American Scholar to represent the United States in Italy and to lecture on the American Constitution during the bicentennial year. After the Velvet Revolution in 1989 he conducted a series of conferences in the new Czech Republic on AngloAmerican constitutionalism, liberty, and Western political philosophy. He lectured as well in Slovakia and Poland. For these educational activities in the . . .

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