Clausewitz: The Trinity of War

Carl von Clausewitz is regarded as one of the foremost philosophers of war to have ever lived.  A Prussian army officer and veteran of the Napoleonic Wars—including Prussia’s darkest hours during the 1806 Campaign, he lived through exciting military and intellectual times.  He lived through the Prussian army reforms after their disastrous defeats at the … Continue reading Clausewitz: The Trinity of War

Locke’s Law of Nature: Moral, Immoral, or Amoral?

One of the great debates of scholarship surrounding Locke is his “natural law” or law of nature theory.  There are those that argue he stands squarely within the Ciceronian-Augustinian-Thomistic tradition wherein the natural law is not only moral, but it will, at end, produce happiness for us.  There are others who claim otherwise – that … Continue reading Locke’s Law of Nature: Moral, Immoral, or Amoral?

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

Plato’s Euthyphro

Plato’s Euthyphro is one of the more famous of the shorter dialogues.  Several of the major themes are brought up in the dialogue include theology, ethics, and filialism.  As such, we will briefly examine the major themes and their impact on philosophy. The beginning of the dialogue is Socrates seeking an answer to the question … Continue reading Plato’s Euthyphro

Plato and the Idea of Justice

In the Republic, Plato devotes much time to the consideration of what justice is.  While Plato never really provides a full answer and definition to justice, at least not in the same manner that Thrasymachus, Cephalus, Polemarchus, and Glaucon do, Plato’s understanding of justice – in his rejection of these three – highlights that justice … Continue reading Plato and the Idea of Justice