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This essay discusses the relevance of Aristoteles’s conception of human action and its metaphysical underpinnings for the new methodology of political science that Eric Voegelin presents in his 1952 book The New Science of Politics. This book questions traditional positivist and post-positivist approaches to the analysis of political reality: Voegelin starts by criticizing the underlying Humean dichotomy between facts and values. Instead, Voegelin proposes an approach based on Aristotle’s anthropology, which in turn is based on his metaphysics (which Voegelin does not explain in detail). In the following, this procedure is analyzed by following a train of thought in Voegelin’s book. In doing so, I want to show that more Aristotle would help Voegelin: I argue that a metaphysics of human action such as that developed by neo-Aristotelian analytical metaphysics can strengthen Voegelin’s approach, since it allows a better understanding of his political science.

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.