Collin Cleary, Ph.D. is an independent scholar living in Sandpoint, Idaho. He is the author of Summoning the Gods: Essays on Paganism in a God-Forsaken World (San Francisco: Counter-Currents, 2011). He is one of the founders of TYR: Myth—Culture—Tradition, the first volume of which he co-edited. He is a Master in the Rune-Gild. His essays have appeared in TYR and Rûna.
In my account of ekstasis, I have drawn principally on two philosophers: Heidegger and Schopenhauer. And Hegel has been peeping out at certain points in my discussion (he will have a much bigger role to play very soon). But the truth is that the ideas I have been expounding in this essay have deep roots in the Western tradition, and are much older even than Hegel.
I have already mentioned that scientists speculate that cave art (and religion, language, etc.) comes about as a result of some kind of genetic mutation, perhaps a “sudden, serendipitous, genetically-based brain reorganization.” Read more …
My thesis, quite simply, is that art, religion, and language are all made possible by a mental or cognitive act which I have called elsewhere ekstasis. To better understand what this consists in, I will ask the reader to consider a simple (or, perhaps, not so simple) question. Read more …
Lions, Chauvet cave, France, painted around 35,000 years ago
Part 1 of 7
1. The Problem
Men first began to paint about 40,000 years ago, during a period of our pre-history referred to as the “Upper Paleolithic” (which lasted from about 50,000 to 10,000 years ago). This was the period in which fully anatomically and behaviorally “modern” Homo sapiens appeared. Read more …
Jean Delville’s classic allegory of Masonic universalism
The following essay is the final section of Collin Cleary’s review of Ricardo Duchesne’s The Uniqueness of Western Civilization, revised to stand alone. It contains a number of extremely important observations which deserve to be spotlighted, rather than tucked away at the end of an epic-length book review.
Even within the most modern of Western men – yes, even within our politically correct academics – we still see some glimmer of the old, Indo-European thumotic nature. Read more …