Plato’s Myth of Er

The conclusion of Plato’s Republic is the Myth of Er.  What are we to make of the Myth of Er and why is it important?  Why does it come at the very end of the work and not earlier?  It is important to remember that – as I’ve said before in other explanatory summaries of … Continue reading Plato’s Myth of Er

Plato’s Noble Lie

In The Republic, Socrates famously discusses the idea of the “noble lie.”  The noble lie has been an issue of tremendous interest to scholars and political and sociological theorists.  But is it the case that Plato endorses the noble lie, as some suggest and as the cursory reading seems to equally suggest? We must remember … Continue reading Plato’s Noble Lie

Johann Hamann: Philosophy of Language

Johann Hamann is one of the most understudied and unknown philosophers, especially in the English-speaking world.  A figure of tremendous importance to history, who was called the “Magus of the North” and the “brightest star” by Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Hamann came to be an influential father of the Sturm und Drang arts movement in Germany, … Continue reading Johann Hamann: Philosophy of Language

Paganism and the Alt-Right

For people who are a bit more familiar with the phenomenon of the “Alt-Right” than the media, one notices in their publications, books, and public gatherings a seemingly odd interest in “Paganism.”  Alt-Right leaders and faces often consider themselves to be pagan, call for a “re-paganization” of Europe – or if in America claim some … Continue reading Paganism and the Alt-Right

Rupture: Paradise Lost and the Fall in Christianity

The concept of the Fall in Christianity is one of its most notable ideas, codified into doctrine with the understanding of Original Sin which stems from the Fall.  We have already examined aspects of the Fall in the thought of St. Augustine in these posts here and here.  Now we turn to a more cursory … Continue reading Rupture: Paradise Lost and the Fall in Christianity

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

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?