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Ellis Sandoz is the Hermann Moyse Jr. Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Political science
Political Science is a social science discipline concerned with the study of the state, government and politics. Aristotle defined it as the study of the state. It deals extensively with the theory and practice of politics, and the analysis of political systems and political behavior...

 and Director of the Eric Voegelin
Eric Voegelin
Eric Voegelin, born Erich Hermann Wilhelm Vögelin, was a German-born American political philosopher. He was born in Cologne, then Imperial Germany, and educated in political science at the University of Vienna. He became a teacher and then an associate professor of political science at the...

 Institute for American Renaissance Studies. Ellis Sandoz is also the former chairman of that department.


Professor Sandoz as Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies, established in 1987 has devoted himself to research in political philosophy
Political philosophy
Political philosophy is the study of such topics as liberty, justice, property, rights, law, and the enforcement of a legal code by authority: what they are, why they are needed, what, if anything, makes a government legitimate, what rights and freedoms it should protect and why, what form it...

 and constitutionalism
Constitutionalism has a variety of meanings. Most generally, it is "a complex of ideas, attitudes, and patterns of behavior elaborating the principle that the authority of government derives from and is limited by a body of fundamental law"....

, publications, and also conferences in these fields.


A native of Louisiana whose family first came there from Switzerland in 1829, he is a United States Marine Corps veteran (1953–56). He was educated at Louisiana State University
Louisiana State University
Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, most often referred to as Louisiana State University, or LSU, is a public coeducational university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The University was founded in 1853 in what is now known as Pineville, Louisiana, under the name...

 (B. A., 1951; M. A., 1953), also at the University of North Carolina
University of North Carolina
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, Georgetown
Georgetown University
Georgetown University is a private, Jesuit, research university whose main campus is in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Founded in 1789, it is the oldest Catholic university in the United States...

, Heidelberg
-Early history:Between 600,000 and 200,000 years ago, "Heidelberg Man" died at nearby Mauer. His jaw bone was discovered in 1907; with scientific dating, his remains were determined to be the earliest evidence of human life in Europe. In the 5th century BC, a Celtic fortress of refuge and place of...

, and the University of Munich where he completed his doctorate (Dr. oec. publ.) with Eric Voegelin in 1965, Sandoz is the only American to do so. Professor Sandoz joined Louisiana State University faculty in 1978. Professor Sandoz is a specialist in the field of political philosophy
Political philosophy
Political philosophy is the study of such topics as liberty, justice, property, rights, law, and the enforcement of a legal code by authority: what they are, why they are needed, what, if anything, makes a government legitimate, what rights and freedoms it should protect and why, what form it...

United States
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, Europe
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an, and Russia
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n), and he approaches problems of public policy from that perspective. President Ronald W. Reagan appointed him to the National Council on the Humanities
National Endowment for the Humanities
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 in 1982 for a six-year term. The Board of Foreign Scholarships in 1987 named him a Fulbright
Fulbright Program
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 40th Anniversary Distinguished American Scholar to represent the United States in Italy
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 and lecture on the Constitution during the U.S. Bicentennial. He founded and remains secretary of the Eric Voegelin Society. He was elected president of the Philadelphia Society in April 2000.


After the Velvet Revolution of 1989
Velvet Revolution
The Velvet Revolution or Gentle Revolution was a non-violent revolution in Czechoslovakia that took place from November 17 – December 29, 1989...

, Sandoz has addressed the Federal Assembly of Czechoslovakia
Federal Assembly of Czechoslovakia
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 and conducted lectures and a series of conferences on The Federalist Papers, and other aspects of the Anglo-American constitutionalism and liberty and Western political philosophy, for academic and political leaders in Czech Republic
Czech Republic
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, Slovakia
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, and Poland
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For Professor Sandoz's political science and related educational activities in 1994 he has been awarded the
  • University Medal and Rector's Certificate by Palacký University of Olomouc, Czech Republic
    Czech Republic
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  • Palacký University of Olomouc in 1995 awarded Sandoz the degree Philosophiae doctorem, Honoris causa.
  • Professor Sandoz is the first political scientist to be chosen Louisiana State University's Distinguished Research Master and awarded the university's Gold Medal; and “in recognition of high attainments in liberal scholarship,”
  • Professor Sandoz became in 1996 the first alumnus member of LSU’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter.
  • In November 2002 Sandoz delivered the commencement address and was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor en Ciencias Políticas by the University Francisco Marroquín
    Universidad Francisco Marroquín
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     in Guatemala
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Professor Sandoz presented a series of lectures on the thought of Voegelin, ethics, and constitutionalism sponsored by the Graduate Program of Ethics of the University of Oslo
University of Oslo
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 and the Research Council of Norway in Trondheim
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 in October 1995. He lectures widely in the U. S. and Canada on the contemporary crisis of civic consciousness, foundations of constitutionalism, and modern political philosophy. He delivered the John Witherspoon
John Witherspoon
John Witherspoon was a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Jersey. As president of the College of New Jersey , he trained many leaders of the early nation and was the only active clergyman and the only college president to sign the Declaration...

 Lecture titled “Republicanism and Religion: A Conspiracy of Faith and Reason” (Washington, D.C., April 2004); addressed University of Genoa
University of Genoa
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 conference on EU constitution-formation (May 2004).


  • The Politics of Truth and other Untimely Essays: The Crisis of Civic Consciousness (U. Mo. Press, 1999);
  • A Government of Laws: Political Theory, Religion and the American Founding (LSU, pb. 1991; 2nd ed., U. Mo. Press, 2001); Political Sermons of the American Founding Era, 1730 to 1805 (Liberty Press, 1991; 2d ed., 2 vols., 1998)
  • Eric Voegelin's Significance for the Modern Mind (LSU, 1991); Published Essays, 1966–1985, vol. 12,
  • The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin (LSU, 1991); Published Essays, 1953–1965, ibid. (CW, vol. 11 [2000]); Published Essays, 1940–1952, ibid. (CW, vol. 10 [2000])
  • Republicanism, Religion and the Soul of America; and Vol. 34 of Collected Works, Autobiogaphical Reflections (rev’d edn), Glossary of Terms, Cumulative Index, ed. with introductions by Ellis Sandoz (both U. Mo. Press, 2006).
  • The Roots of Liberty: Magna Carta, Ancient Constitution, and the Anglo-American Tradition of Rule of Law (Missouri, 1993; 2d ed. Liberty Fund, 2008)
  • Political Apocalypse: A Study of Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor
    The Grand Inquisitor
    The Grand Inquisitor is a parable told by Ivan to Alyosha in Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel The Brothers Karamazov . Ivan and Alyosha are brothers; Ivan questions the possibility of a personal, benevolent God and Alyosha is a novice monk....

    , 2d ed. rev. (Wilmington, Del.: ISI Books);
  • The Voegelinian Revolution: A Biographical Introduction, 2d ed. rev. (New Brunswick, N. J.: Transaction Pubs., Rutgers University);
  • Ellis Sandoz wrote the introduction to the 2004 a revised edition of Eric Voegelin, Science, Politics and Gnosticism, ed. ( ISI Books).

Editorial work

Ellis Sandoz is a member of the Editorial Board and serves as General Editor of The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin (LSU, 1989–1999; University of Missouri Press, 1999–2008) 34 vols., and series editor for CW, vols. 19-26, History of Political Ideas.

See also

  • American philosophy
    American philosophy
    American philosophy is the philosophical activity or output of Americans, both within the United States and abroad. The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy notes that while American philosophy lacks a "core of defining features, American Philosophy can nevertheless be seen as both reflecting and...

  • Harvey Mansfield
    Harvey Mansfield
    Harvey Claflin Mansfield, Jr. is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1962. He has held Guggenheim and NEH Fellowships and has been a Fellow at the National Humanities Center; he also received the National Humanities Medal in 2004 and...

  • Seymour Martin Lipset
    Seymour Martin Lipset
    Seymour Martin Lipset was an American political sociologist, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and the Hazel Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University. His major work was in the fields of political sociology, trade union organization, social stratification, public opinion, and...

  • James H. Billington
    James H. Billington
    Lord LeBron James Hadley Billington is an American academic. He is the thirteenth Librarian of the United States Congress.-Early years:...

  • Charles Ritcheson
    Charles Ritcheson
    Charles Ray Ritcheson is an American historian, diplomat, and |university administrator].-Early life and education:...

  • Sarah Gibson Blanding
    Sarah Gibson Blanding
    Sarah Gibson Blanding was an American educator and academic administrator who served as Vassar’s sixth president and its first female president...

  • Alan Schechter
    Alan Schechter
    Alan Schechter is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. He was educated at Amherst College, where he received his AB, and at Columbia University, where he earned his PhD. He is a distinguished and award-winning political scientist...

  • Václav Havel
    Václav Havel
    Václav Havel is a Czech playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and politician. He was the tenth and last President of Czechoslovakia and the first President of the Czech Republic . He has written over twenty plays and numerous non-fiction works, translated internationally...

  • Roger Griffin
    Roger Griffin
    Roger D. Griffin is a British academic political theorist at Oxford Brookes University, England. His recent efforts have focused on a definition and examination of fascism...

  • Juan Linz
    Juan Linz
    Juan José Linz is a Spanish sociologist and political scientist. He is Sterling Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Yale University and an honorary member of the Scientific Council at the Juan March Institute...

  • Thomas Molnar
    Thomas Molnar
    Molnár Tamás, Thomas Molnar or Molnar, Thomas Steven was a Catholic philosopher, historian and political theorist.- Life :...

  • List of American philosophers

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