Metaphysics, Ethics, and Living in an Uncertain World

The nature of ultimate reality is not provable on the rational level. It might be possible to experience it directly as part of a mystical experience. Or we might read reports by mystics and try to decide whether to believe them or not. But, without having had post-rational experiences ourselves, we are left with merely […]

A Review of Martin Heidegger: Philosophy of Another Beginning by Alexander Dugin

Martin Heidegger and Alexander Dugin

Forty years after his death Martin Heidegger (1889 – 1976) remains a lightning-rod for controversy.  Heidegger might be the central philosophical figure of the Twentieth Century, as many of his enthusiasts have claimed. He might be a polysyllabic blowhard, as Theodor W. Adorno — himself an accomplished polysyllabic blowhard — contended in his Jargon of […]

Eros, Plato, and The Red Chamber Dream

Plato’s Symposium, an explication of desire in the form of a panegyric to the god Eros, may be taken as the quintessential classical Occidental text on the erotic. Eros (the god) generally represents what we casually understand as the entity sustaining erotic or physical love. However Plato offers a hierarchy of desire beginning with base […]

Pulp Fiction, Gnosis, and The Allegory of the Lurid

A peculiarity of popular culture, which is also commercial culture, is that it dislikes competing with its own earlier iterations. It therefore tends to be dismissive or even hostile in respect of its past, emphasizing its ever-renewed, up-to-date, and often cloyingly topical relevance as its chief sales point. This state of affairs means that the […]

Sex, Death, and The Esoteric Message of Plato’s Symposium

Introduction: Plato’s Symposium is one of the author’s middle-period dialogues composed, according to scholarship, sometime between 385 and 370 BC, some thirty years at least after the event that it commemorates, taking advantage of its temporal remoteness to capture a moment of the past as objectively as possible.  Some commentators – F. M. Cornford, for […]

Popcorn Nihilism: Negative Thinking As Popular Entertainment

Some years ago, Thomas F. Bertonneau mentioned the fact that many modern movies are highly nihilistic. The truth of the observation was immediately obvious and the examples read to hand. Nihilism can be identified when a movie or novel denies reality by painting a bleak world with no redeeming features. Such films and novels are […]

Accidental Metaphysics: How Movies Hit On Philosophical Truths

Plato suggests that some buried part of our souls knows the ultimate truth about all things pertinent to human existence. His metaphysical explanation is that we are our souls and our souls are eternal. Our souls have seen all truths which he describes as the Forms and at least had a partial glimpse of the […]