Group Feeling and Intimacy in Ibn Khaldun

One of the major concepts that Ibn Khaldun discusses, besides the role of environment and geography upon people and shaping the human condition, is the notion of group feeling and its role in history, the formation of societies, and how this too is shaped by the environment.  One could say that Ibn Khaldun is the … Continue reading Group Feeling and Intimacy in Ibn Khaldun

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 I

Ibn Khaldun is one of the most important and influential philosophers, political economists, and sociologists in human history.  Born in Tunisia in the 14th century, he was a famous Arab chronicler, historian, and sociologist.  His most famous work is the seven volume history of the Arab and Berber peoples (and world history up to his … Continue reading Reading Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah, Part I

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