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  • On King Lear

    January 18, 2017

    The king is mad. How stiff is my vile sense, That I stand up and have ingenious feeling Of my huge sorrows. Better I were distract— So should my thoughts be severed from my griefs, And woes by wrong imaginations lose The knowledge of themselves. King Lear,…

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  • Hume and the Politics of the Enlightenment

    January 16, 2017

    Hume and the Politics of Enlightenment. Thomas W. Merrill. Cambridge University Press, 1915.   Thomas Merrill of American University introduces this book with reflections on the difficult relation of philosophy to politics, illustrated in the thought of Marx and Heidegger, each alienated from the dominant features of the…

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  • Beyond Power and Will

    January 15, 2017

    Then every thing includes itself in power, Power into will, will into appetite; And appetite, a universal wolf, So doubly seconded with will and power, Must make perforce a universal prey, And last eat up himself. Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Act 1, Scene 3   Living in…

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  • The Return of the Reactionary (Part I)

    January 14, 2017

    Part 1: Inside the Nazi CPU. This is the first of a three part essay on the current rise in hard right political thought. My aim is to work downwards from the tip of more conspicuous reactionary emergences like the “alt right” and the populism of Brexit…

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  • Fathers and Sons: The Principle of Love in Turgenev’s Liberalism

    January 13, 2017

    The importance of place is often neglected by liberal theorists, with the assumption that liberal ideas are understood and articulated in the same manner from one society to another. But as much as ideas shape a society’s culture and politics so do culture and politics shape ideas.…

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  • Voegelin, Heidegger, and the Configuration of Historical Ontology

    January 11, 2017

    It is probably well known among Voegelin scholars that one really could not get to square one with Professor Voegelin on the subject of Heidegger.  In his autobiographical memoir Voegelin describes returning from the United States in the late twenties and having no interest in Heidegger’s Being…

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  • An Introduction to Martin Heidegger: “Radical-Committed” Anti-Cosmopolitanism

    January 9, 2017

    I The death of Martin Heidegger was front page news in the New York Times on May 27, 1976: “Martin Heidegger, a Philosopher who Affected Many Fields, Dies.”1 An obituary of some two and a half thousand words followed. I note this not because the New York…

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  • The Russian Empire Timeline (1721-1917)

    January 6, 2017

    1682                Brothers Ivan V and Peter I crowned czars 1695-1700      War with Ottoman Empire 1696                Ivan V dies, leaving Peter I as the sole czar 1696-97           Peter’s grand tour of Europe 1700-21           The Great Northern War 1703                St. Petersburg founded 1710-13           War with Ottoman Empire 1713                St.…

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  • The Challenges that Confront the United States

    January 5, 2017

    With the inauguration of the new president approaching, I thought it might be worthwhile to review some of the challenges that the new administration will confront. Although I was not a supporter of Trump during the election, I do wish his administration success for the good of…

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  • Heidegger and Kierkegaard: Conception of Esthetics and Art

    January 4, 2017

    In our new examination of Heidegger’s and Kierkegaard’s relationship of thinking we will realize that certain common aspects arise in their approach to the reality of the questions of philosophy of art. Neither of them brings any systematics to the concept of art and esthetics (similarly to…

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  • Voegelin and Heidegger as Critics of Modernity

    January 2, 2017

    Unlike the word “modern,” which in common usage usually connotes progress and improvement over the past, “modernity” is a more abstract, less commonly used word that is often pejorative, suggesting the negative cultural underside of “progress.”  The  “culture war” in which the Western world is currently engaged…

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King Lear

The king is mad. How stiff is my vile sense,


That I stand up and have ingenious feeling


Of my huge sorrows. Better I were distract—


So should my thoughts be severed from my griefs,


And woes by wrong imaginations lose


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Merrill Hume and Politics of Enlightenment

Hume and the Politics of Enlightenment. Thomas W. Merrill. Cambridge University Press, 1915.
 
Thomas Merrill of American University introduces this book with reflections on the difficult relation of philosophy to politics, illustrated in the thought of Marx and Heidegger, each alienated from the dominant features of the modern situation, each committed to radical questioning of conventional assumptions, but each attaching themselves to…

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Havel 2

Then every thing includes itself in power,
Power into will, will into appetite;
And appetite, a universal wolf,
So doubly seconded with will and power,
Must make perforce a universal prey,
And last eat up himself.
Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Act 1, Scene 3[i]
 
Living in the era of the Tudors, Shakespeare knew a thing or two about power, will and appetite. It can be a deadly…

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Alt Right reactionary

Part 1: Inside the Nazi CPU.
This is the first of a three part essay on the current rise in hard right political thought. My aim is to work downwards from the tip of more conspicuous reactionary emergences like the “alt right” and the populism of Brexit and Trump to nascent real attempts to imagine “future primeval” visions. Twenty-first centuries…

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Turgenev

The importance of place is often neglected by liberal theorists, with the assumption that liberal ideas are understood and articulated in the same manner from one society to another.[i] But as much as ideas shape a society’s culture and politics so do culture and politics shape ideas. In this article, I want to explore these relationships of politics, culture, and…

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Martin Heidegger 6

It is probably well known among Voegelin scholars that one really could not get to square one with Professor Voegelin on the subject of Heidegger.  In his autobiographical memoir Voegelin describes returning from the United States in the late twenties and having no interest in Heidegger’s Being and Time: “It just ran right off,” he says.[i]  Voegelin made the same…

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Martin Heidegger 4

I
The death of Martin Heidegger was front page news in the New York Times on May 27, 1976: “Martin Heidegger, a Philosopher who Affected Many Fields, Dies.”1 An obituary of some two and a half thousand words followed. I note this not because the New York Times was the most noteworthy place where Heidegger’s death was remarked, and his life’s…

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Russia Martyoshka

1682                Brothers Ivan V and Peter I crowned czars
1695-1700      War with Ottoman Empire
1696                Ivan V dies, leaving Peter I as the sole czar
1696-97           Peter’s grand tour of Europe
1700-21           The Great Northern War
1703                St. Petersburg founded
1710-13           War with Ottoman Empire
1713                St. Petersburg declared capital of Russia
1721                Russia declared an Empire
1722-23          War with Persia
1725                Catherine I crowned Empress of Russian Empire
1727                Peter…

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Refugee US Challenges

With the inauguration of the new president approaching, I thought it might be worthwhile to review some of the challenges that the new administration will confront.[1] Although I was not a supporter of Trump during the election, I do wish his administration success for the good of the country, for the challenges that he will confront are myriad and formidable.…

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Martin Heidegger 3

In our new examination of Heidegger’s and Kierkegaard’s relationship of thinking we will realize that certain common aspects arise in their approach to the reality of the questions of philosophy of art. Neither of them brings any systematics to the concept of art and esthetics (similarly to Nietzsche), in spite of this in their overall treatise of this area they…

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