“Modernity and the theologico-political problem in the thought of Joseph de Maistre and Fyodor Dostoyevsky: A comprehensive comparison” – Alexandru RACU

Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the PhD degree in Political Science, University of Ottawa, 2013 [PDF] Abstract: In this thesis I compare the views of Joseph de Maistre and Fyodor Dostoyevsky with regard to the relation between modernity and the theologico-political problem. I… Continue lendo “Modernity and the theologico-political problem in the thought of Joseph de Maistre and Fyodor Dostoyevsky: A comprehensive comparison” – Alexandru RACU

“From Nietzsche to Ayn Rand” – John GRAY

Few thinkers were more different than Henry Sidgwick and Friedrich Nietzsche. Sidgwick was unfailingly conscientious in his pursuit of truth, Nietzsche an intellectual adventurer who came to doubt the value of truth. Yet the two converged on a vital point. Once theism is left behind, not only much of religious morality but ‘morality’ itself must… Continue lendo “From Nietzsche to Ayn Rand” – John GRAY

“E. M. Cioran, Nihilist and Ecstatic” (Robert Wicks)

Life and works In a brief autobiographical sketch, Emile Mihai Cioran described himself as follows: I was born on the 8th April 1911 in Rasinari, a village in the Carpathians, where my father was a Greek Orthodox priest. From 1920 to 1928 I attended the Sibiu grammar school. From 1929 to 1931 I studied at… Continue lendo “E. M. Cioran, Nihilist and Ecstatic” (Robert Wicks)

“Democracy is for the gods” (Costica Bradatan)

The New York Times, July 5 2019 It should be no surprise that humans cannot sustain it. “Why do democracies fail?” We’ve heard that question a lot in the past few years, in books, on opinion pages and cable news shows, and in an increasingly anxious public debate. But I almost always find myself answering… Continue lendo “Democracy is for the gods” (Costica Bradatan)

“The fundamental idea of the philosophy of Lev Shestov” (Nikolai Berdiaev)

BERDYAEV.COM Several times already I have written in the pages of “Put’” about Lev Shestov. But here is a demand to speak otherwise about him, and to honour his memory. Lev Shestov was a philosopher, who philosophised with all his being, and for whom philosophy was not an academic specialisation, but rather a matter of… Continue lendo “The fundamental idea of the philosophy of Lev Shestov” (Nikolai Berdiaev)

“Léon Chestov et la pensée du dehors” – Ramona FOTIADE

Europe - Revue Littéraire Mensuelle, 87e année, n° 960 / avril 2009. Bien avant Foucault, Deleuze et Derrida, il y eut, au début du siècle à peine révolu, qui allait si singulièrement faire basculer nos repères et nos certitudes, un de ces « partisans », « francs-tireurs » ou « aventuriers de la pensée »… Continue lendo “Léon Chestov et la pensée du dehors” – Ramona FOTIADE

“How different really are atheists and believers?” – Costica BRADATAN

The Washington Post, November 16, 2018 Costica Bradatan is a professor of humanities at Texas Tech University. He is the author, most recently, of “Dying for Ideas: The Dangerous Lives of the Philosophers.” ‘If you want to understand atheism and religion,” writes John Gray in his new book, “Seven Types of Atheism,” “you must forget… Continue lendo “How different really are atheists and believers?” – Costica BRADATAN

“La lutte contre la rationalité chez Léon Chestov” – Darya GOUBANOVA

Mémoire de recherche en philosophie dirigé par Monsieur Philippe Büttgen, professeur à l’Université Paris I et encadré par Simón Gallegos Gabilondo, enseignant de philosophie au CUF de Moscou. Collège Universitaire Français de Moscou, 2014. Introduction Léon Chestov (1866 – 1938) occupe une place à part dans le paysage philosophique du XXe siècle. Sa philosophie a… Continue lendo “La lutte contre la rationalité chez Léon Chestov” – Darya GOUBANOVA

“Parisian Buddhism: Cioran’s exercises” – Peter SLOTERDIJK

The last figure I wish to present in these introductory reflections, the Romanian aphorist Emile M. Cioran, who was born in 1911 and lived in Paris from 1937 to 1995, is likewise part of the great turn that is at issue here. He is an important informant for us, because one can see in his… Continue lendo “Parisian Buddhism: Cioran’s exercises” – Peter SLOTERDIJK

“Shestov, or the purity of despair” – Czeslaw MILOSZ

Emperor of the Earth: modes of eccentric thinking, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1977, pp. 99-119 There was once a young woman by the name of Sorana Gurian. She emigrated to Paris in the 1950s from her native Rumania after adventures about which, she felt, the less said the better. In Paris her life of… Continue lendo “Shestov, or the purity of despair” – Czeslaw MILOSZ