In a post a while back we talked about the now largely forgotten Cambridge Platonists of the 17th century and how Ralph Cudworth (1617-1688), a member of this circle, was the first to name the modern concept of the unconscious. Here I would like to turn to another member, the viscountess Lady Anne Conway (nee […]Read More Lady Anne and the Horse on the Stairs
A while back now I wrote a little post about theology and Black Sabbath that seems to have been rather popular. Thus, I thought I might follow this up with something on a lesser-known favourite of mine from the same era with similar apocalyptic themes – the Greek “progressive” rock band Aphrodite’s Child’s concept album […]Read More Aphrodite’s Child and the Hippy Apocalypse
What might it look like to begin to fully restore the Five in a speculative ontology? We have a couple of clues. In the early 1924-5 lectures of Martin Heidegger on Plato’s Sophist the German thinker attempted to read Motion as logos – as the essence ofmortal Dasein unconcealing and exploring being. Rest becomes Ständigkeit […]Read More Haunted Platonism Pt. 2/2
One thing that has often been pointed out on this blog (start here) is that Eric Voegelin’s Platonic anti-foundationalism is obviously something of a fragile and quixotic venture. Steven McGuire is not mistaken that Voegelin “invites the tendency to objectify the Beyond (even though he constantly warns us against doing so), since it accounts for […]Read More Haunted Platonism Pt 1/2
I haven’t written anything for this poor old blog for quite a while now, close on a year in fact. The last post was from November 2018. What galloping acedia! However, as there has been some recent interest in the blog, a couple of emails and so on, I have decided I had better hop […]Read More And after a long hiatus…
Once again the JHI (Journal of the History of Ideas) has published another fascinating article about political theology. In “Spectral Sovereigns and Divine Subalterns” the guest-contributor Milinda Banerjee, author of the recent book The Mortal God: Imagining the Sovereign in Colonial India, argues that the “spectres of dead kings are haunting the world today”.Read More The King’s Ghost
In this post we look at the paradoxical political theology of the Sovereign (God, state, person, society) which uses its freedom to undermine its own freedom.Read More Could A State Make A Stone…?
his is the fourth and final part in a series of essays on Radical Orthodoxy thinker Catherine Pickstock’s 2013 Repetition and Identity.Read More Pickstock 4: Is Salvation Necessary for Platonism?
This is part of a series on Catherine Pickstock’s 2013 Repetition and Identity. In this part we’re going to be talking about Pickstock’s ideas in relation to several other thinkers in the Platonic tradition: Eric Voegelin, F. W. J. Schelling, Giordano Bruno and Ralph Cudworth.Read More Pickstock 3: Voegelin, Schelling, Bruno, Cudworth
In the first part of this essay we looked closely at the affinities between the Radical Orthodox movement in theology and the ideas of Eric Voegelin in light of Catherine Pickstock’s 2013 book Repetition and Identity (Oxford University Press, Oxford) and its critique of French post-structuralist Gilles Deleuze. We now come to Pickstock’s attempt to rethink a Christian-Platonist process theology of nature through a return to the Theory of Forms.Read More Pickstock Pt 2: Process Platonism