A Threat to Order: A Voegelinian Exploration of Modernity, Spiritual Crisis, and Resistance

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Creator: 

Canjar, Kathleen Lynn

Date: 

2015

Abstract: 

The purpose of this thesis is to explore the spiritual crisis that arises because of a disjunct between the symbols that are of the highest concern to an individual society and the overarching Liberal symbols which inform broader narratives. Using Eric Voegelin’s theory of representation, this discussion will weigh the consequences of imposing dogmatic “gnostic” approaches against claims that adherence to a single set of symbols is the best way to mitigate conflict and avoid future insecurity. This discussion will analyze the spiritual crisis that arises from pressure to embrace a particular overarching metaphor and the possibility that this spiritual crisis may manifest in the form of a resistance identity, and, furthermore, conflict.

Subject: 

Political Science
Philosophy

Language: 

English

Publisher: 

Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Arts: 
M.A.

Thesis Degree Level: 

Master's

Thesis Degree Discipline: 

Political Science

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

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