Boethius: A Christian Lesson in Right Living Much of the roman Boethius’ work The Consolation of Philosophy speaks of luck, or Fortuna. However, as The Consolation of Philosophy continues, the reader is brought to Boethius’ inevitable conclusion. That it is self-examination which provides humans with lasting happiness. The Consolation of Philosophy is not necessarily a […]
A self examination using Aristotle’s Four Causes. In this article, I will explain Aristotle’s four causes, which are the causes of change or movement. I will do this by using myself as an example of how these causes might be applied in context. In modern language, we might use the word cause, instead of responsible, […]
How the movie BladeRunner teaches us The Way Of The Dao. Zhuangzi stories are strange and feel like reading Dr Seuss’. What is discernable in these writings is the discussions about life transformations—the differences between states of being, and the ambiguous nature of reality. One theme which has a natural counterpart in ancient western philosophy […]
Being an individual is not the same as having a unique identity that sets one apart from the community or the whole of society. Ants are individuals within the entirety of their nest, and yet they do not appear to hold any sort of personal identity. Human beings, on the other hand, stand out among eusocial animals because they are atoms in their respective societies and, at the same time, struggle to establish unique identifiers of their own. Individuals with a personal identity are individuals plus ultra, so to speak.
Alexander Dugin and COVID-19 Dr Matthew Raphael Johnson looks at Dugin’s predictions and contrasts them with his own. Alexander Dugin wrote in April of 2020: “The outbreak of the Coronavirus epidemic has been a decisive moment in the destruction of the unipolar world and the collapse of globalization.” Dugin might be a little optimistic about the […]
Alexander Dugin and Political Platonism Matthew Raphael Johnson brings another broadcast on the misunderstood work of Alexander Dugin. Plato is the foundation of western thought and western religion. His work is the intellectual scaffolding of ancient Christianity. It is based around the idea of unity, or the truth as one. God is truth, beyond space […]
This broadcast is the second part of the initial show two weeks ago and begins where that left off. It’s an analysis of the political ideas of Solzhenitsyn from the point of view of three works, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1963), The Cancer Ward and The First Circle, both published in English in 1968.
The American academic world has been hostile to Solzhenitsyn for his anti-communism and Russian nationalism. Most reviews of his political works have been hostile or seek to make a “liberal” out of him, a common tactic. His social and political theory revolves around the dialectic between freedom and the state. The state here isn’t just any coercive power, but a state that derives from the Enlightenment, the mind of science and the belief that man can dominate nature for “his” benefit.
Mill’s concept of the value of pleasure is much closer to Epicurus’ than it is to Nagel’s, and he continues to say “the accusation supposes human beings to be capable of no pleasures except those of which swine are capable. If this supposition were true … the rule of life which is good enough for the one would be good enough for the other.”
The question of Christianity and nationalism comes up often. As capital rules the globe without mercy and it seeks the destruction of all that increases its transaction costs, the nation is considered harmful. Official Orthodox writers fall easily in line, defining “nationalism” in the worst way possible and then patting themselves on the back for condemning it.
Orthodox intellectuals can rarely define the term properly. They seem to think it has to do with the modern state and imperialism. They also think that to be a nationalist is to “hate” others. Now, hatred is a perfectly legitimate emotion for enemies that seek to destroy you, but its hardly required for a nation to exist. Orthodoxy in general, and True Orthodoxy in particular have very, very few people capable of analyzing this properly.
How is a traditionalist to treat his relationship to technology? For a tool destined to set us free and bring about world-wide enlightenment, technology has been largely a force of imprisonment for the masses. As the title of this essay suggests, technology was envisioned to be a literal “Deus Ex Machina”: our salvation and means to achieve peace here on Earth, and this is a point that the so-called “post-humanists” (Kurzweil, Zuckerberg, and so on) will not shy away from, although they stop just at the boundary of naming this force, this phenomenon, their own artificial Christ.
[Editors Note: This article was originally published January 13th, 2017 at libertymachinenews.com] Philosophy students from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) University of London, have demanded their syllabus comprise a majority of Asian and African philosophers. In an attempt to ‘address the structural and epistemological legacy of colonialism’, they have shown themselves to be […]