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This article discusses the Italian philosopher Augusto del Noce’s reading of the work of Eric Voegelin, with particular emphasis on his reading of The New Science of Politics. While it seems evident that Del Noce’s mature philosophy of history was inspired by his reading of Eric Voegelin, in this article I further propose that Del Noce’s work complements that of Voegelin in an important way. For Del Noce, what had taken the place of “strong ideology” – and he sees this already in the 1960s – is what he called the “opulent society”, animated by a radical cultural relativism fertilizing a new kind of totalitarianism very different in kind from earlier totalitarianisms. I argue that a joint reading of Voegelin and Del Noce serves to underline the contemporary relevance of both thinkers.

In: Representation and Truth
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.