Hegel: On the Individual

Hegel is, as I’ve said elsewhere (and as most historians and philosophers note), probably the most important modern philosopher and one of the most influential – if not otherwise generally misunderstood – of all time.  Hegel’s philosophy has influenced everything from textual criticism, philosophy of history, notions of being, political philosophy, time, the dialectic, aesthetics, … Continue reading Hegel: On the Individual

What is the Katechon?

Katechon is a Greek word meaning “that which withholds” or “one that withholds.”  It is a biblical concept found in the writing of St. Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians.  It has become a major point of focus in political philosophy (or if you prefer from the Hobbesian-Schmittian tradition: “political theology”).  While the term … Continue reading What is the Katechon?

Augustine: Being in Time

Martin Heidegger’s most famous work was Being and Time.  Heidegger’s relationship to Christianity, and especially Christian neo-Platonism, has always been a major point of contention in philosophical scholarship.  More recently, Dr. Ryan Coyne’s book Heidegger’s Confessions highlights what most readers of Heidegger have always known – there is a major debt to Heidegger’s philosophy owed to St. Paul … Continue reading Augustine: Being in Time

Specters of Fascism, Part V

As we complete our tour and analysis of “historical fascism,” or what German scholar Ernst Nolte called “fascism in its epoch” (Der Faschismus in seiner Epoche, 1963), we turn to the more contentious historical movements that have sometimes been associated with fascism but scholars have generally regarded as not having been fascist (though certainly benefiting … Continue reading Specters of Fascism, Part V

Hegel on History, Part II: Religion and Culture

Continuing with Hegel’s philosophy of history we will move into one of the most important, but often neglected, aspects of Hegel’s philosophy: the role of religion as the source of society and culture.  Throughout his works, Hegel comments on religion, the power of religion, and the role of religion in society and shaping national character … Continue reading Hegel on History, Part II: Religion and Culture

Nietzsche on the “Death of God”

Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the most misunderstood and confusing philosophers of modernity.  A rebel against historicism and Hegelianism, he was nevertheless a radical historicist and Hegelian in his own right.  A critic of Christianity (specifically the Catholic version), his own metaphysics and philosophy mirror that of traditional forms of Catholicism.  A humanist and anti-nihilist, … Continue reading Nietzsche on the “Death of God”

Specters of Fascism, Part IV

Of all the fascist movements, German fascism (or “National Socialism”) is probably the most famous and least understood.  Fascism in Germany was the epicenter of the brief life of fascism, produced a number of intellectuals – serious and forgotten – from which we are able to derive a lineage of fascist philosophy.  While antecedent roots … Continue reading Specters of Fascism, Part IV