Geography and Environment in Ibn Khaldun

Taking a pause from our remark by remark reading of Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah, it is time that we take a closer examination of a running theme that unites the entire work: geopolitical philosophy.  Geopolitical philosophy is the sub-discipline within philosophy and political theory that examines the role of the environment (or geography) and its impact … Continue reading Geography and Environment in Ibn Khaldun

Reading Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah, Part V

The third chapter of the first book of the Muqaddimah is the longest within the Introduction and the most widely read, influential, and studied of Ibn Khaldun’s writings.  While building off of his theory of group feeling established in Chapter II, the contents of the third chapter explore the relationship of asabiyyah (group feeling) and … Continue reading Reading Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah, Part V

Reading Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah, Part IV

As we continue onward in Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah, we turn to the final third of the second chapter we he continues to elaborate on asabiyyah, Bedouin life, and what the role of asabiyyah is in relationship to the formation of “royal authority” (or the state in more modern language).  Continuing with the theme of geo-history … Continue reading Reading Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah, Part IV

The Melian Dialogue: A Philosophical Analysis

Thucydides is sometimes considered to be the most dense and thoughtful writer and thinker of Antiquity, yes, even more-so than the likes of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.  His great gift to the Western canon: History of the Peloponnesian War is one of the great classics of Western literature, history, and philosophy.  Its content, especially when … Continue reading The Melian Dialogue: A Philosophical Analysis