Mythos, Logos, and the Lamb of God: René Girard on the Scapegoat Mechanism

Introduction On another occasion, I employed Hesiod’s contradictory characterizations of Saturn in the Theogony and Works and Days to inquire into the seeming paradox of a filicidal tyrant simultaneously ruling over the fabled Golden Age of the world. Hesiod’s account served as a representative of the concurrent narratives of decadence and progress that often confront…

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

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 sides. And perhaps the harshest critic is the one who ignores such a work altogether. It must…

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…

Corona and the Crucible

Published in Hermes Magazine. “May you live in interesting times,” we sometimes say. The ordinary use of this phrase may strike us as somewhat cavalier today, however, given the critical scenario that the pandemic has constellated around people over the whole globe. Despite the obvious threat and inconvenience that the pandemic had posed and will…

An Encounter, or “How I Became a Philosopher”

“Demonic birds,” I burst out as I heaved myself from my desk and lumbered across the room. A band of magpies had perched askance along the balcony outside, guided by an instinctual strategy to cry havoc with the greatest acoustic advantage. I closed the window with a thud, knowing it was more of a token…

Five Themes: Mind, Life, Self, Truth, & Knowledge

Five Themes: Mind, Life, Self, Truth, & Knowledge is now available in paperback and Kindle editions. AUTHOR’S INTRODUCTION How each the whole, its substance gives Each in the other works and lives. —Goethe’s Faust In writing an introduction, the author is charged with an impossible task of attempting to say in the space a several paragraphs that…

Calendar of the Soul LII

SEELENKALENDER “Calendar of the Soul”—Rudolf Steiner’s 52 Verses for the Year ∇ Fifty-second Week of the Year ∆ Below is Dr Steiner’s original verse followed by my translation into English. Wenn aus den Seelentiefen Der Geist sich wendet zu dem Weltensein Und Schönheit quillt aus Raumesweiten, Dann zieht aus Himmelsfernen Des Lebens Kraft in Menschenleiber…

Calendar of the Soul V

SEELENKALENDER “Calendar of the Soul”—Rudolf Steiner’s 52 Verses for the Year ∇ Fifth Week of the Year ∆ Below is Dr Steiner’s original verse followed by my translation into English. Im Lichte, das aus Geistestiefen Im Raume fruchtbar webend Der Götter Schaffen offenbart: In ihm erscheint der Seele Wesen Geweitet zu dem Weltensein Und auferstanden…

Calendar of the Soul IV

SEELENKALENDAR “Calendar of the Soul”—Rudolf Steiner’s 52 Verses for the Year ∇ Fourth Week of the Year ∆ Below is Dr Steiner’s original verse followed by my translation into English. Ich fühle Wesen meines Wesens: So spricht Empfindung, Die in der sonnerhellten Welt Mit Lichtesfluten sich vereint; Sie will dem Denken Zur Klarheit Wärme schenken….

Calendar of the Soul II

SEELENKALENDAR “Calendar of the Soul”—Rudolf Steiner’s 52 Verses for the Year ∇ Second Week of the Year ∆ Below is Dr Steiner’s original verse followed by my translation into English. Ins Äussre des Sinnesalls Verliert Gedankenmacht ihr Eigensein; Es finden Geisteswelten Den Menschensprossen wieder Der seinen Keim in ihnen, Doch seine Seelenfrucht In sich muss…