On Rudolf Steiner’s The Philosophy of Freedom (3): Thinking, Freedom, & Love

“love’s heralds should be thoughts,Which ten times faster glide than the sun’s beams” —Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet Irrespective of The Philosophy of Freedom’s immense value as a training manual for the development of an individual’s own consciousness and insight, which, as I indicated above, I understand to be its foremost virtue, Steiner’s work received criticism from all…

On Rudolf Steiner’s The Philosophy of Freedom, Part II

In the last section, I noted that the second part of Steiner’s The Philosophy of Freedom forms something like a mirror-image of the first. I likened the first to a consonant and therefore, the second part can be compared, by the same token, to a vowel.[1] The first part concerns the structure of the human being and its…

On Rudolf Steiner’s The Philosophy of Freedom, Part I

In 1894, some one hundred years after the publication of Goethe’s On the Metamorphosis of Plants and Kant’s The Critique of Judgement, the 33-year-old Rudolf Steiner published The Philosophy of Freedom. The purpose of the book was to shed light on the fundamental relation of the human being to the world in which he lives. Steiner’s academic career began…

Video Lecture: Moral Reasoning and Concluding Thoughts

Dear friends, I offer a video of what is likely the concluding lecture for a course that I have had the privilege to teach this semester. I expect it will go down in history as “the Corona-term.” As one might imagine, the onset of isolation procedures just as Spring Break was drawing to a close…

Video Lecture: On AI and Human Freedom

Dear friends, I offer this two part video lecture on themes that are pertinent to Theoria-press, which can be somewhat aphoristically captured in the phrase: “How we can look is what we will see.” This was once the motto of the site, though I have recently changed it to a quote from Plotinus’ Enneads. This…

Is COVID-19 proof that God is wrothful or that he does not exist?

Also published in the current issue of Hermes Magazine. Any concrete experience of suffering tends to invite an argument over the abstract question of God’s character. This question often takes the form of what is called theodicy which is roughly: “why does a God, who is, by definition benevolent/good, omniscient/all-knowing and omnipotent/all-powerful, allow a world…

A Brief Reflection on COVID-19 & 5G

A minority of people think that 5G is the true cause behind the pandemic of COVID-19, while the majority denounce them as “conspiracy theorists.” According to the consensus view, the Coronavirus itself is a sufficient condition to explain the pandemic that has gripped the world for the last months. A separate issue, which I will…

Mythos & Logos (3): The Scapegoat and the Lamb of God

The first part of this study can be found here. In the last piece, I attempted to sketch an outline of Girard’s theory of mimetic desire, its ineluctable progression to collective violence, and its traditional and universal palliative in the application of the scapegoat mechanism. To recapitulate, human beings are relational by nature and therefore,…

Caritas and Biography: Two Exhortations

On occasion, people have been known to examine their lives. If we agree with Socrates, then we will feel that this very act of reflection confers value to its object: “the unexamined life is not worth living.” The life worth living will be an examined one. Clearly, however, there is more to a life of…

Video: Mind & Brain

Dear friends, Below is a video lecture on the topic of mind and brain—two concepts that we know to be different but which we sometimes fail to adequately distinguish. The lecture is for the sake of an undergraduate class that I am currently teaching at Alaska Pacific University…or attempting to continue teaching after the Corona…

Mythos & Logos (2): Mimetic Desire, Violence, and the Scapegoat

The first part of this study can be found here. To gain entrance into the myths, it will be necessary to offer up before the gates a number of our usual theoretical appurtenances. The same theories in which the myths appear as mere fantasy will be ill-suited to reveal the truth that they contain. But…

Poem: Vision of the Rood

The weary floorboards creak to bear The thoughts I wear so heavy Like a millstone on my neck My brooding head I bow, and sigh And I incline my chin upon my moody breast Downward drops my gaze And falls to land upon those ancient planks That hold my mortal weight The burden I alone…

Mythos & Logos (1): Saturn, Jupiter, and René Girard

On another occasion, I inquired into the seeming paradox of simultaneous narratives of decadence and progress that often confront us in mythology. In some ways, this tension must be expected by anyone who attends to the more intimate levels of his own experience. All around us, order is continually perishing into oblivion, while new forms…

Video: Prometheus & Archetypal Fire

I have recorded a few thoughts in continuation of a theme from earlier videos* and I offer them here by way of the link below: Most notably:   7.1 on Prometheus   And 7.2

An Offering of Video Lectures

Like everyone, I have found myself impelled to undertake things I would not have expected before the Corona phenomenon. One thing this has meant for me is finding new ways to sustain connection and communication with students and also patients (my “day job” is as a Rolfer) by recording video lectures and uploading them to…

Poem:

And I rejoiced in them all, because wisdom goeth before them: and I knew not that she was the mother of them. —The Wisdom of Solomon 7:12 A serpent lurks amidst the coils of fog That gird the mountain’s abysmal ground Surrounded by these subtle mists With lust he eyes his unsuspecting prey And prepares…

Poem: “Dream of Summer”

Lying on our backsCool grass beneath usThe air of summer nightsCaresses our skin, one by oneEach blossom undresses andThe wafting the smell of jasmine,Incense from a thousand ivory censersSanctifies the gentle wind—Blow you gentle wind,And bear that subtle fragranceOver the sleeping andAnd you and I, we peer Between two leaves of a linden tree—Leaves that…