Tolkien’s “The Fall of Arthur” – an anti-modern masterpiece

The Fall of Arthur by J.R.R. Tolkien     Considering that John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was, by far, the best-selling writer of the 20th century, it is puzzling that his poetry is not usually given a more serious look. Perhaps the reason Tolkien’s poetic works are very often skipped over when considering the modernist and… Read More Tolkien’s “The Fall of Arthur” – an anti-modern masterpiece

My Journey From Liberal Egalitarian to Traditional Exceptionalist

 I began as a liberal existentialist. The first “philosophical” book I ever read was “The Stranger” by Camus and that sent me on a hunt for more information about existentialism. Soon coming dangerously close to nihilism, I realized that meaning and value do not have their origins anywhere external to human beings– that it is… Read More My Journey From Liberal Egalitarian to Traditional Exceptionalist

Coarse Discourse I – Islam, Kant, Marx, Hegel & History

As I explain in the video, this will be a semi-daily video log of my reflections as a philosophy student. In this first Coarse Discourse, I begin rambling about why my Muslim professor might like Kant’s ethics so much. Then I paint Marx’s and Hegel’s theories of history with broad brushes, and explain why I think… Read More Coarse Discourse I – Islam, Kant, Marx, Hegel & History

Why do we call Islam “Islam” instead of Muhammadanism?

We do not often question why things were given their particular names, because often they are of no significance… but today while browsing Wikipedia on pages about Baha’i faith, I came across a masters thesis written by a Canadian named Jonah Winters called Dying for God: Martyrdom in the Shii and Babi Religions. In the… Read More Why do we call Islam “Islam” instead of Muhammadanism?