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From Plato to Postmodernism

Greg Johnson
From Plato to Postmodernism
San Francisco: Counter-Currents, 2019
220 pages

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About From Plato to Postmodernism:

Greg Johnson’s From Plato to Postmodernism collects essays and lectures on philosophical, political, and cultural themes in Plato, Aristotle, Vico, Rousseau, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Yeats, Husserl, Heidegger, Jünger, Cassirer, Camus, and Kojève. Written in a lucid and lively style and illustrated with examples from ordinary life and popular culture, these essays and lectures are ideal introductions to some of the most profound and influential thinkers of the West.

Praise for From Plato to Postmodernism

“I wish I had read Greg Johnson’s From Plato to Postmodernism when I was in college. True to its title, it takes the reader on a journey from Plato’s Republic to the postmodern ‘end of history,’ with a focus on themes from philosophical psychology, political philosophy, and the philosophy of history. This book is especially useful to today’s Rightists, who often fail to get beyond modern nihilism because they owe too much to it. Greg Johnson is our Dr. Johnson, only better.”

—James O’Meara, author of Magick for Housewives

“The essays in From Plato to Postmodernism will at once provide something of a liberal education for their readers and reveal the philosophical depth of the struggle in defense of Europe’s sons and their civilization—a struggle in which Dr. Johnson occupies an important place. This is my favorite Greg Johnson book so far.”

—F. Roger Devlin, author of Alexandre Kojève & the Outcome of Modern Thought


Foreword – iii

1. Introduction to Plato’s Republic – 1
2. The Myths of Plato – 25
3. Introduction to Aristotle’s Politics – 42
4. Our Marx, Only Better: Vico & the New Right – 68
5. Rousseau as Conservative – 83
6. Notes on Philosophical Dialectic – 97
7. Why Read Hegel? – 116
8. A Hole in Being: Notes on Negativity – 129
9. Notes on Nihilism – 133
10. Yeats’ Pagan Second Coming – 142
11. A Leveling Wind: Reading Camus’ The Stranger – 147
12. Alexandre Kojève & the End of History – 152
13. Postmodernism, Hedonism, & Death – 169
14. The Beginning & the End of History – 173
15. A Little Death: Hegelian Reflections on Piercing & Tattoos – 178
16. Postmodernism vs. Identity – 181
17. Why We Meet as We Do: Thoughts on Liberal Education – 193

Index – 201

About the Author

Greg Johnson, Ph.D., is Editor-in-Chief of Counter-Currents Publishing Ltd. and Editor of North American New Right, its webzine ( and occasional print journal.

He is the author of ten other books: Confessions of a Reluctant Hater (San Francisco: Counter-Currents, 2010; second, expanded ed., 2016); New Right vs. Old Right (Counter-Currents, 2013); Truth, Justice, & a Nice White Country (Counter-Currents, 2015); In Defense of Prejudice (Counter-Currents, 2017); You Asked for It: Selected Interviews, vol. 1 (Counter-Currents, 2017); The White Nationalist Manifesto (Counter-Currents, 2018); and Toward a New Nationalism (Counter-Currents, 2019).

Under the pen name Trevor Lynch, he has published Trevor Lynch’s White Nationalist Guide to the Movies (Counter-Currents, 2012), Son of Trevor Lynch’s White Nationalist Guide to the Movies (Counter-Currents, 2015), and Return of the Son of Trevor Lynch’s CENSORED Guide to the Movies (Counter-Currents, 2019).

He has also edited many books, including North American New Right, vol. 1 (Counter-Currents, 2012); North American New Right, vol. 2 (Counter-Currents, 2018); Dark Right: Batman Viewed from the Right (with Gregory Hood) (Counter-Currents, 2018); and The Alternative Right (Counter-Currents, 2018).

His writings have been translated into Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, and Ukrainian.


  1. Aurelia
    Posted September 23, 2019 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Just ordered the book. Thanks for your tireless efforts to educate & elevate our people.
    Question…I recall seeing a list of movies you recommended but I’m unable to locate it. There’s so few movies of value- I’d love a reference. Thank you!

  2. Buck Daniels
    Posted September 20, 2019 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Still on the Plato lecture, this is excellent. Thanks for a great title Greg.

  3. Otto Magdeburg
    Posted September 20, 2019 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    So another book trying to uphold the current canon of philosophy in Academia. I must confess that I find this boring and even wrong since in the light of our apocalyptic (“unveiling”) times there must be some criticism of the shortcomings of those who are currently feted in totally corrupt institutions. Especially the shortcomings towards the jewish problem are very apparent in many thinkers of the past and are not minor. So we need a new canon not another rehash of the old one.

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted September 20, 2019 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

      Is this a review of my book’s … title?

  4. Dean Mulready
    Posted September 19, 2019 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    The Kindle version is listed at only $4.99. Might be a silly question: do you get anything from that or is it better to buy the paperback/hardback version? I don’t know how much Amazon takes.

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted September 20, 2019 at 8:40 am | Permalink

      Most Kindles have low prices because they are just data and thus the marginal cost of each new one is basically nothing.

      • DeanMulready
        Posted September 22, 2019 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

        Thank you. Unsurprisingly Amazon is messing with the shipping. The paperback is listed as being prime, but then when I go to the order screen the shipping date moves to sometime between October 14 – November 4th.

  5. Peter Quint
    Posted September 18, 2019 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    I will purchase a hardcover copy on 01/10/19.

  6. D.M.
    Posted September 18, 2019 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    Alright! Can’t wait to get mine . . .

  7. Sartor
    Posted August 29, 2019 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic news! I never cease to marvel at both the depth of your talent and your enormous productivity. When do you sleep?
    Have ordered a copy today and also lent some small support to your important work; wish it could be more.
    Apologies for the hiatus and my past hesitance but the situation here remains difficult. The Manifesto is an intellectual milestone but recent events have rendered conversation impossible. The Left needs to do nothing; the violent lunatics who sickeningly pose as our advocates have done all the work for them.
    In spite of all, you keep courageously on . You are the Socrates of our time and I applaud you. Ideas cannot be killed.

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted September 1, 2019 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much for your kind words, as well as your concrete support.

      • Sartor
        Posted September 1, 2019 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Greg. Will you be publishing a limited hardback edition:signed and numbered as previously? If so, will upgrade my order.

        • Greg Johnson
          Posted September 2, 2019 at 1:48 am | Permalink

          I had not planned to do that.

          There will be a limited edition of White Identity Politics, the sequel to The White Nationalist Manifesto.

  8. Vehmgericht
    Posted August 28, 2019 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    One is struck by Greg Johnson’s breadth as an essayist: he fully matches in scope such darlings of the radical left as Žižek. The Counter-Currents project stands alone in holding the philosophical rearguard for ethno-nationalism: a courageous undertaking in these universalist times. Anyone seeking a reasoned and principled alternative to the egalitarian cant pervading academia, corporate media and the Zeitgeist in general would do well to take up his writings. I am looking forward to the release of this new collection.

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted September 1, 2019 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much.

  9. JudgeHoldem1848
    Posted August 27, 2019 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Will this be available on Kindle? Thanks.

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted August 27, 2019 at 7:36 am | Permalink


    • HungarianFashionista
      Posted September 1, 2019 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

      This will be a beautiful book, inside and out. Totally worth the dead trees.

      • Greg Johnson
        Posted September 1, 2019 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

        Thank you!

  10. D.M.
    Posted August 26, 2019 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Is this ready to ship? I’d like to buy one.

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted August 28, 2019 at 4:17 am | Permalink

      Release date: Sept. 21

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