Modernity and the Neo-Reactionaries

Venture into any neoreactionary (hereafter NRx) site or blog, and one thing is clear.  They are unfettered “identitarians” proclaiming “racial realism”, and a withering criticism of progressivism with deep writings about the organic evolution of culture through history.  Any student of philosophy will immediately recognize them for what they are: historicists.  The irony of the … Continue reading Modernity and the Neo-Reactionaries

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

Johann Fichte’s Der geschlossene Handelsstaat

Arguably the most important philosophical, literary, and intellectual movement of the last two centuries was not Marxism, but Romanticism – even Marxism drew upon Romanticism.  Romanticism influenced everything from arts and literature, to philosophy, politics, economics, nationalism, radicalism, conservatism, and revolutionary philosophies.  Among the most important of the early Romantics was Johann Gottlieb Fichte, a … Continue reading Johann Fichte’s Der geschlossene Handelsstaat

The German Romantics, Fichte II

Having explored the background to Fichte, we revisit - in more depth - Fichte's philosophy of the I is and its roots in Hebraic and Christian thought, and how this, combined with Fichte's synthesize of Kant, produced his thoughts on political economy. Fichte, II: Fichte on Consciousness and Political Economy

The German Romantics: Fichte, I

Having completed our tour of Immanuel Kant and his Critique of Pure Reason, we turn to Kant's foremost early interpreter: Johann Fichte.  In this recording, I give the historical and philosophical context of Johann Fichte: his recoursing to the idea of the I Am, self-consciousness, and inner moral law from Judaism and Christianity, leading to his … Continue reading The German Romantics: Fichte, I