“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Übermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarī, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Project Faust: A Brief Intro to Western Philosophy

For my Faustian readers, from now on I'll be posting more blogs devoted to aspects of the Project Faust concept, resources for self-education, links, videos, audio lectures, mp3 downloads, etc.
Our first installment is a collection of interviews with noted philosophers and philosophy professors about key figures and currents in the history of philosophy conducted by Bryan Magee, originally for BBC. Magee is an excellent "popularizer" of philosophy without dumbing it down for the masses. Needless to say a series like this would probably never have been produced for American television. Thankfully someone uploaded them to YouTube.
For those of you who have not read much or any philosophy, or have not for some time, I've included topical links to the excellent online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (supplemented by other sites where needed) to read beforehand to get the most out of these excellent interviews.
Of course there is a lot NOT represented in this series, and there is an emphasis on Anglo rather than Continental streams of thought, but anyone who takes the time to read through these articles and watch these interviews will come out better off for it. Also, it goes without saying that I don't embrace or endorse all the ideas or opinions expressed in this series, and that I would have liked to see different persons interviews on some of these subjects, but there is of course a lot to be said for encountering developed ideas that you don't agree with.

1. Plato
2. Aristotle.
3. Medieval Philosophy
4. Descartes
5. Locke and Berkeley
6. Hume
7. Spinoza and Leibniz
8. Kant
9. Hegel and Marx
10. Schopenhauer
11. Nietzsche
12. Philosophy of Science
13. Pragmatism
14. Logical Positivism
16. Wittgenstein
17. W.V.O. Quine
18. Philosophy of Language
Text: http://www.iep.utm.edu/l/lang-phi.htm
19. Husserl and Heidegger
20. Derrida
21. Philosophy and Literature

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