Telling Lies

By |2018-11-21T08:39:09-06:00July 28th, 2015|Categories: Aristotle, E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Friedrich Nietzsche, Homer, Iliad, Odyssey, Plato, St. John's College|

The first lecture of the school year is, by an old tradition, dedicated to the freshmen among us. Whether you are speaking or listening, you are intended to hear and to judge. Although you may have allowed the talk of the world to persuade you that “being judgmental” is a social sin, judgments are what [...]

Is “Paradise Lost” a Christian Poem?

By |2018-09-20T14:24:43-05:00July 28th, 2015|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Friedrich Nietzsche, John Milton|

The concepts of the Apollonian and Dionysian are famously invoked by Nietzsche in the context of Greek drama, but not in such a way that we can transfer them directly to poetry and prose. Let it suffice to say that Apollo is typically represented as restrained, orderly, and logical; Dionysus is erratic, spontaneous, and emotive. [...]

A Primer for Conservatives on Friedrich Nietzsche

By |2019-06-24T16:36:56-05:00June 24th, 2015|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Catholicism, Christianity, Friedrich Nietzsche|

I suppose we all have guilty pleasures. One of mine is reading the works of Friedrich Nietzsche. I can sit down, day or night, with any one of his works and be a rather—at least intellectually, if not spiritually—happy man. Yes, I know he was somewhat crazy, descending into a greater and greater madness [...]

Can We Communicate?

By |2019-09-24T13:41:51-05:00August 1st, 2014|Categories: Education, Friedrich Nietzsche, Tradition|

In 1990 the American philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre published Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry: Encyclopedia, Genealogy, Tradition.[1] The last chapter of this book is titled “Reconceiving the university and the lecture,” and it ends with a proposition: in academic discourse we should “introduce” ourselves before we start speaking. The introduction should be a statement [...]

An Exemplary Study of Nietzsche & His Political Thought

By |2014-05-29T17:33:51-05:00February 26th, 2013|Categories: Books, Communism, Friedrich Nietzsche, Lee Cheek, Political Philosophy|Tags: |

A Review of William H. F. Altman’s Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche: The Philosopher of the Second Reich (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2013). In this imaginative and refined commentary on Nietzsche’s political thought, Altman provides an incisive critique of the achievement of Nietzsche, as well as his limitations. The work is the third volume of a trilogy on [...]