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The Confucian tradition appears to offer a great deal in matters of society, culture and business if we are to draw comparisons with the West, which I will do in this short paper. We might compare it to the tradition of Plato, and Platonism, which is a subterranean current in Western culture, reappearing intermittently, and […]

REVIEW: Timothy D. Knepper, Negating Negation. Against the Apophatic Abandonment of the Dionysian Corpus, Cascade Books, Eugene, Oregon, 2014. Kindle edition at Amazon Kindle Store.

Timothy Knepper has written a book on Dionysius which exhibits an extraordinarily thorough knowledge of the text and a robustly philosophical manner of exegesis: he places his analysis within a broad debate over the philosophy of religion, without however labouring this.  This book on Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite revolves around the issue of ineffability, and whether […]

REVIEW: Apophatic Elements in the Theory and Practice of Psychoanalysis: Pseudo-Dionysius and C.G. Jung, by David Henderson, Routledge 2014

This is a highly significant book which recovers a long and deep tradition in Western Thought, and ties it to a context of modern psychoanalysis. It is a voyage which takes the author from Plato to Freud, and to Jung, but via the immensely important figure of Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite. This last figure stands ambiguously […]

A Comment on the Cover of my Plotinus Book

  • February 18, 2014
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Plotinus refers to the luminosity of the human face, and his biographer also sees light in Plotinus’  face. It was, of course the light of intelligence, which comes from above and which pervades all reality, but especially the human mind, which transparently expresses itself through the human face. In the painting chosen for the cover, […]

UNIVERSITIES – MOOCS and the Future of the Walled Institution

PLACE Originally universities were centred on libraries, collections of manuscripts on papyrus or parchment. Of course we may point to the activities of Socrates or the Stoics who simply walked around engaging in scholarship through dialogue. But the Hellenistic age was the age of writing and documents, and thus universities required a place, for example […]

National Narcissism – Raoul Mortley Talks

Narcissism has a definition in modern psychology, but also a long history in the culture of the West. This address goes back to the deep roots of the Western understanding of narcissism, looks at the myth itself and the poem of Ovid, the commentary of Plato, and modern philosophical vestiges of the ancient western fable. […]

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