Order and the Soul

Picking up on the theme of Order and Chaos from the previous post, I thought it might be of interest to explicate Plato’s concept of an ordered soul in The Republic. For Plato, the soul (psyche) is composed of three main faculties – the epithumetikon, the thumoeides, and the logistikon. … Continue reading

The Wellspring of Medieval Christian Thought

In medieval hylomorphism (the matter-form analysis of reality), pure Intellect (consciousness or awareness) is pure actuality, or form, or Being, or God: it is the self-subsistent principle that spawns or ‘contains’ all finite being and experience. Intellect-Being is what is, unqualified, self-subsistent, attributeless, dimensionless. It has no extension in space … Continue reading

What is Philosophy?

In 1804, the German philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling spelled out the problem. There was a time when religion was kept separate from popular belief within mystery cults like a holy fire, sharing a common sanctuary with philosophy. The legends of antiquity name the earliest philosophers as the originators of … Continue reading

Modernity and Indigestion

From the notebook of Friedrich Nietzsche, autumn 1887: ‘Modernity‘, using the metaphor of feeding and digestion. Sensibility unutterably more excitable ( – the increase in excitability dressed in moralistic finery as the increase of compassion – ), the abundance of disparate impressions greater than ever before – the cosmopolitanism of … Continue reading

Ernst Junger on Apoliteia

The following passages are from Ernst Junger’s philosophical-metahistorical novel Eumeswil, a book which complements Julius Evola’s Ride the Tiger quite nicely. “I am an anarch – not because I despise authority, but because I need it.  Likewise, I am not a nonbeliever, but a man who demands something worth believing … Continue reading

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