A note on Kierkegaard and Plotinus through Hadot

Pierre Hadot is worth a read on Ancient Philosophy. His meta-thesis is that for the ancients (Greece and Rome) philosophy was the combination of a choice of life and a discourse. This makes ancient philosophy different from contemporary philosophy which has let go of form of life requirements and continued merely as discourse. He examines …

On budgeting and practical life

The practical life is a life full of limitation and finitude and so requiring work. In limitation and finitude are the the possibilities of negation, absence, not-it. This absence or lack is that in which lies the category of death which also includes the ultimate rest (or absence of work). Add to limitation the feature …

On the accusation of being a gnostic

Twice now in recent days I have been accused by idealistic men of "education" and some standing in their religious communities of being a"gnostic". Both are fathers. Both are professors. Both are serious to some degree. Both seemed to be reacting to something that I will continue to press on the kind of which they …

The righteous (virtuous) pagan

A category used to identify those who were never evangelized while they lived but who however lived lives that seemed unworthy of condemnation and damnation. Examples? Heraclitus, Parmenides, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Trajan, Virgil. More recently Karl Rhaner has coined the virtuous pagan as an anonymous Christian. Have you heard the gospel? This begs questions …