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Hitler’s Reading Habits

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Timothy Ryback
Hitler’s Private Library: The Books That Shaped His Life
London: Vintage, 2010

I want to thank the commenters who have reacted to my previous articles, providing many useful insights and bits of information. This is the kind of reactive, collaborative, or even “crowd-sourced” discovery of history which was indeed impossible before the blessed age of the Internet.  Read more …

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Schopenhauer & Hitler, Part 3
Genius, Religion, & Compassion

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Young Arthur Schopenhauer

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Schopenhauer on Genius

In contrast with the mediocre majority of mankind, there is the rare genius. Schopenhauer’s ruminations on the tragic loneliness of the genius, no doubt in part autobiographical, are some of the most touching and the most consoling. There is reason to think Hitler sympathized with and perhaps attempted to live up to the model of the Schopenhauerian genius. Read more …

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Schopenhauer & Hitler, Part 2
Schopenhauer’s Critique of Democracy

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Schopenhauer’s political views were based on his extremely low assessment of the intellectual and moral quality of the great majority of mankind. One could not rule against the will of the people, therefore:

[T]he people is sovereign: But this sovereignty never comes of age and therefore has to remain under the permanent care of a guardian: Read more …

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Schopenhauer & Hitler

Arthur Schopenhauer

Arthur Schopenhauer

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I recently came across a collection of Arthur Schopenhauer’s writings entitled Essays & Aphorisms.[1] It really is wonderful stuff, ruthlessly realistic, insightful, and often very droll. Read more …

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The Philosopher’s Moan:
Saltus on Pessimism

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“Spinoza was neither an optimist nor a pessimist. He neither laughed at life nor grieved over it. It is possible that he understood it.” —Edgar Saltus, The Anatomy of Negation

After making something of an effort to keep up with the terrific output of Vox Day’s Castalia House imprint, I’m now poking my nose into Kevin Slaughter’s doings over at his Underworld Amusements publishing venture. Read more …

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Religion for Infidels, Part 2 
Nature Red in Tooth & Claw

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Religion for Infidels (London: Holborn, 1961) was Anthony Ludovici’s last book. In it, he addresses the increasing population of individuals who have religious or spiritual inclinations and yet find it impossible to believe in revealed religions such as Christianity.  Read more …

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The Stones Cry Out:
Cave Art & the Origin of the Human Spirit, Part 6

Man as microcosm

Man as microcosm

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6. All and Nothing

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.

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The Stones Cry Out:
Cave Art & the Origin of the Human Spirit, Part 5

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5. Can Biology Explain Ekstasis?

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 …

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The Stones Cry Out:
Cave Art & the Origin of the Human Spirit, Part 3

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3. Art Begins in Wonder

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.[1] To better understand what this consists in, I will ask the reader to consider a simple (or, perhaps, not so simple) question. Read more …

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Thanks for Watching:
Awakening Through Repetition in Groundhog Day,
Point of Terror, & Manhunter, Part 1

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Point of Terror (1973); 88 min. Director: Alex Nicol; Writers: Peter Carpenter (story), Ernest A. Charles (screenplay); Stars: Peter Carpenter, Dyanne Thorne, Lory Hansen. Read more …

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