Specters of Fascism, Part III

To understand fascism, it was necessary to begin with the Romantic Movement, otherwise one will not have a solid familiarity with the ideas that fascism sought to emulate, restore, and implement, as well as distort.  In the history of fascism, especially in the 20th century, there are three key specters to examine: Italian fascism, German … Continue reading Specters of Fascism, Part III

Specters of Fascism, Part II

In-of-itself, Romanticism is not a fascist movement or philosophy.  But fascism drew upon the rich intellectual traditions of Romanticism, even if it distorted it some very important and meaningful ways.  So what is Romanticism? Philosophical Romanticism was a counterrevolutionary intellectual and artistic movement that arose in the late Enlightenment.  It was starkly opposed to Enlightenment … Continue reading Specters of Fascism, Part II

Specters of Fascism, Part I

“Fascist!”  To be called a fascist is to have one of the worst derogatory epithets hurled at you.  It invokes brown shirted thugs, swastikas, racism, demagoguery, and of course—the Nazis.  The usage of the word, sadly, has lost all culpable meaning because it is merely hurled at opponents who “don’t play by the rules” established … Continue reading Specters of Fascism, Part I

Judaism’s Gifts to the West

“The Jews started it all,” wrote Thomas Cahill in The Gift of the Jews.  By “it,” Cahill states he is referring to modern sensibilities and dispositions.  But the West’s struggle with its relationship with Judaism is something replete with ironies, paradoxes, and hostility.  Yet, it is from this relationship that the modern West—as we know … Continue reading Judaism’s Gifts to the West

Augustine and the Saeculum

Beyond philosophical anthropology and philosophical theology, St. Augustine was a political philosopher and his political thoughts have been an interest of many political theorists for some time, especially in the 20th century.  Augustine’s political thoughts, as contained primarily in Book XIX of City of God (but elsewhere as well within City of God), and also … Continue reading Augustine and the Saeculum

Statism and the Anglo-Scottish Liberal Tradition

The Anglo-American experience has always been considerably different from that of their continental European peers.  Recent histories have been published celebrating the liberalness of the Anglo-American tradition, from Andrew Roberts lauding the English-speaking world’s importance in the suffragist movement—from suffrage having been granted in the middle nineteenth century at local levels to the final consummation … Continue reading Statism and the Anglo-Scottish Liberal Tradition

Plato’s Euthyphro

Plato’s Euthyphro is one of the more famous of the shorter dialogues.  Several of the major themes are brought up in the dialogue include theology, ethics, and filialism.  As such, we will briefly examine the major themes and their impact on philosophy. The beginning of the dialogue is Socrates seeking an answer to the question … Continue reading Plato’s Euthyphro