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In: Fichte Studien
In: Hobbes Studies
In: Zur Einheit der Lehre Fichtes


Beginning with the question of the logic and aporias of modern representation – from the genesis of sovereignty to democratic constitutions – the essay discusses the theoretical structure of representation according to Eric Voegelin and the latter’s critique of Carl Schmitt. In this regard, the necessary relationship with the idea implicit in representation and the relevance of the reference to Plato are brought into focus. On this basis, some reasons for the crisis of modern democracy are spelt out. The task that comes to us from Voegelin, beyond his political proposal, is to think about the order of society in a way that is different from the state-form, in such a way that it does not contradict the structure of representation as an experience of transcendence.

In: Democracy and Representation
The Meaning of Eric Voegelin’s Theory of Representation
The current crisis of liberal democracy has become the focus of constitutional, historical, philosophical, theological, and political analysis. Populism and the growing antipathy toward political elites and their dominance in popular representations are increasingly calling into question the nature of representation and the relationship between representation and democracy. The threat posed to representative democracies by authoritarian political leaders was described by the famous political scientist Eric Voegelin (1901–1985) after the overcoming of fascism in Europe with the words: “If a government is nothing but representative in the constitutional sense, a representative ruler in the existential sense will sooner or later make an end of it; and quite possibly the new existential ruler will not be too representative in the constitutional sense”.
Eric Voegelin-Studies: Supplements flankiert als wissenschaftliche Buchreihe das 2022 startende Eric-Voegelin-Jahrbuch und bietet ein ideales Forum, spezifische Aspekte der dort erscheinenden Beiträge weiter auszuführen. So entstehen Spielräume für kleinere oder größere Monografien sowie Publikationen mehrerer Autor:innen. Wie das Yearbook sind die Supplements als internationales und interdisziplinäres Projekt konzipiert. Sie sollen den wissenschaftlichen Austausch und die internationale Zusammenarbeit über Voegelins Werk erweitern.
Eric Voegelin-Studies: Supplements offers an ideal forum to further elaborate on specific aspects of the contributions in the Yearbook. This creates scope for smaller or larger monographs as well as publications by several authors. The Supplements are conceived as an international and interdisciplinary project. They are intended to expand scholarly exchange and international collaboration on Voegelin’s work.