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Etty Hillesum and the Flow of Presence: A Voegelinian Analysis [Hardcover]

by Meins G. S. Coetsier
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July 1, 2008 0826217974 978-0826217974 1st

Although she died cruelly at Auschwitz at the age of twenty-nine, Etty Hillesum left a lasting legacy of mystical thought in her letters and diaries. Hillesum was a complex and powerful witness to the openness of the human spirit to the call of God, even under the most harrowing circumstances. Her life was as much shaped by Hitler’s regime as was that of philosopher Eric Voegelin, and as Meins Coetsier reveals, her thought lends itself to interpretation from a uniquely Voegelinian perspective.

Etty Hillesum and the Flow of Presence analyzes the life and writings of Hillesum from the standpoint of Voegelin’s views on consciousness—especially his philosophy of luminous participation in the transcendent ground of being. Through a careful reading of her letters and diaries, Coetsier reveals the inner development of Hillesum’s mystically grounded resistance to Nazism as he guides readers through the symbolism of her spiritual journey, making effective use of Voegelin’s analytics of experience and symbolization to trace her path to spiritual truth.

Intertwining the lives, works, and visions of these two mystical thinkers, Coetsier demonstrates his mastery of both Voegelin’s philosophy and Hillesum’s Dutch-language materials. He shows how mystical attunement to the “flow of presence”—Voegelin’s designation for human responsiveness to the divine—is the key to the development of Hillesum’s life and writings. He displays a special affinity for the suffering and grace-filled transformation that she underwent as she approached the end of her life and gained insight into the ultimate purpose of each individual’s contribution to the well-being and maintenance of the human spirit.

Retrieving one of the lesser-known but most compelling figures of the Holocaust, Etty Hillesum and the Flow of Presence is an original contribution to both Voegelin and Hillesum scholarship that reflects these writers’ strong valuation of the human person. It presents Hillesum’s life and work in an original and provocative context, shedding new light on her experiences and their symbolizations while further broadening the application of Voegelin’s thought

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Meins G. S. Coetsier is affiliated with the Research Foundation in Flanders, Belgium, and a researcher at the Etty Hillesum Research Center at Ghent University.

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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri; 1st edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826217974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826217974
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,924,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book June 28, 2011
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A deeply moving account of Etty Hillesum's life and spiritual journey, beautifully written and researched. The book brings a new depth and understanding to Etty's life and spiritual transendence. Coetsier analyses Etty's life and writings from the standpoint of Voegelin's theories on consciousness and transcendence. One feels as if one is reading extracts from the journals for the first time. Beautiful tribute to Etty Hillesum.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story of great conversion. October 8, 2013
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For one who has an appreciation of mystic experience and tries to understand them this is a delightful and informative work about a truly beautiful woman. It does require some philosophical background to fully appreciate. Familiarity with E. Voegelin's work is also helpful, although one could skip the chapter on his philosophy and still love the book. Etty Hillesum Is a fascinating person who is too little known - a grown up Ann Frank.
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5.0 out of 5 stars G.S. February 4, 2014
An inspiring work, and a must-read for all who are interested in the survival of spirituality under the most adverse of circumstances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I cannot get through this book... February 27, 2014
because every page, nearly every paragraph stops me! If I had to pick just one book for companionship on a proverbial desert island it would be this one. Countless sentences, phrases, single words to sink into and draw sustenance from. Two quick comments regarding a book that absolutely renders one mute. First of all, I LOVE that Etty trusts her own experience, "Hillesum's experience taught her that God was the Creator of the Universe as well as helpless and dependent on us" (91). There's been so much theological talk--chatter, really--about how God (and Etty reminds us that the word "God" is a metaphor as well as a primitive, primordial sound) is all powerful that is NOT based on experience. It's a theological supposition that is not supported by Etty's experience, nor mine, and I suspect millions and millions of others. But back to my point: Etty trusts her lived experience, which invites us to do the same, especially those of us who are not at home in any religion or handed-down, unquestioned belief system. Secondly, I GREATLY appreciate the author of this astounding book, Meins G. S. Coetsier, who writes in such a clear and gorgeous manner. My admiration of him couldn't be greater! I close by saying that MY experience has taught me that I am unable to read this book from front to back, and I've had it since 2010. I take great pleasure in opening this book from time to time to a random page to read a paragraph or two, sometimes a couple pages, and find myself completely sated as well as utterly amazed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Profound, Moving, Enriching! February 4, 2014
This book on Etty Hillesum, together with Eric Voegelin's philosophy, is filled with some of the deepest most meaningful passages I have ever read. I really enjoyed the way Coetsier enhanced her experience of 'the flow of presence' with such considered detail.
Hillesum's vision and Voegelin's philosophy is an inspiration for anyone seeking philosophical truth and spiritual growth. An excellent book! Some parts, due to its reflective nature, may be a little hard to get into, but stay with it! I highly recommend this book!
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