Existentialism, War, and Fascism

I have explored the actual intellectual currents and heritage of fascism in a series of posts here.  The fact is, most of the people whom are called “fascist” are not fascist.  The degradation of language is pernicious and indicative of the moral degeneracy of our current culture - though this is not a new phenomenon … Continue reading Existentialism, War, and Fascism

Friedrich Schelling’s Philosophy of Mythology

In his series of lectures on the philosophy of mythology, published as the Historical Critical Introduction to the Philosophy of Mythology, Friedrich Schelling achieves a paradigmatic revolution in German Romantic and idealistic thought that would be influential for later German philosophy and influential upon the psychologist Carl Jung.  Schelling, a student and pupil of Fichte and … Continue reading Friedrich Schelling’s Philosophy of Mythology

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?

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

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

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