A New Science of Politics: Hans Kelsen's Reply to Eric Voegelin's "New Science of Politics" : a Contribution to the Critique of Ideology
Eric Voegelin is famous as a philosopher of history and a as one of the most eminent political scientists of the 20th century. His most fundamental work on political theory, the 'New Science of Politics', is nowadays considered a classic in its field. While the New Science has always been very controversial book, its critics have hardly ever taken the pain to pinpoint the weaknesses they condemned Voegelins book for. There is, however, one exception: Only shortly after the appearance of Voegelins New Science in 1954, Hans Kelsen has written a most detailed reply to this book of his former student. Being a distinguished philosopher himself of an erudition and breadth of knowledge that matches that of Eric Voegelin, Hans Kelsen is able to support the critical stance he takes on Voegelin 'New Science' by clear and well founded argument. This critical reply to Voegelins New Science is not only an important contribution to the dispute about the foundations of political order in modern society, but will also prove valuable to readers generally interested in Voegelins life and work.
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