Today I would like to share my views on the metaphysics of war and the philosophical comprehension of what is happening. Without such comprehension, we will not be able to grasp the full depth of the current confrontation. It goes without saying that I am carefully watching the information space, commenting on it live. However, today I would like to have a look at the current events from a philosophical perspective.
Alexander Dugin: What is tradition?
Law 809, which has been talked about a lot today, is a turning point. We are generally living in a new era. This new epoch in Russia began on February 24 after the start of a special military operation, which entailed enormous transformations in the positioning of our country in the global context. The law "On Approval of the Principles of State Policy for the Preservation and Strengthening of Traditional Russian Spiritual and Moral Values" is a point of principle, the announcement of a new ideology of Russia.
In the Greek Orthodox tradition, churches that are dedicated to Sophia the Divine Wisdom have their patronal festival on the day of Mid-Pentecost. It means that today is truly a day of philosophy, truly a day of the Divine Wisdom, which our ancestors, our founding fathers handed down to us. As you know, in the Divine Liturgy, there is a priestly exclamation: "Wisdom! Arise!" Sometimes our theologians and philosophers try to contrast divine wisdom with human wisdom. But in the original Greek text of the liturgy, the word 'Sophia' is used. Sophia refers to both meanings of wisdom: divine wisdom and human wisdom. These two meanings do not totally coincide, but, at the same time, they are not in opposition.
The “New Right” is an ensemble of intellectual movements that appeared in 1968 as a reaction to ideological crisis and the strengthening of liberal hegemony in Europe. By 1968, the classical “rightwing” movements were riddled with liberal ideological motives, such as the adoption of capitalism, pro-American sentiments, and statism.
The novel-life, a 'non-historical novel' as the author Evgeny Vodolazkin (doctor of philology, specialist in ancient Russian literature) calls it, is a description of the destiny and inner development of Arseny the healer.
A characteristic feature of Russian philosophy, according to some historians of Russian philosophy, is the ontologism of thought. The position of ontologism in philosophy, unlike the opposite position of gnoseologism, implies the primary consideration not of the process of thinking, but of the object of understanding.
The work of the famous Christian theologian and mystic, whose writings have entered the Christian tradition under the name of Dionysius the Areopagite, is a unique phenomenon in the history of philosophical and religious thought. He has had an enormous influence on all Christian philosophy, eastern and western, and consequently on New Age philosophical thought in one way or another since the Middle Ages, where the Areopagitans played such an important role.
We publish the talk by Darya Platonova Dugina, former researcher of Political Philosophy at Moscow State University, given during the 16th International Conference “The Universe of Platonic Thought” in St. Petersburg on August 28-30, 2018.
20.09.2022 - What is happening now in Ukraine is a war. There is no more SMO: what there is is called 'war'. Not a war between Russia and Ukraine, but a collective war of the West against Russia. When American informers direct missiles towards Russian territory, one can only speak of 'war', and it doesn't matter which hands they are fighting with. When they aim the HIMERs at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, it can be interpreted as an attempted nuclear attack on Russia.
16.09.2022 - The last few days have seen a significant shift in the balance of power in Ukraine. This must be understood in its entirety. Kiev's counter-attacks were generally unsuccessful in the Kherson region, but, alas, effective in the Kharkiv region. It is the situation in Kharkiv and the forced retreat of the allied forces that is the turning point. Putting aside the psychological effects and the legitimate feelings of the patriots, it must be recorded that in the entire history of the SMO we have reached the point of no return.
The 20th century was a century of rivalry between three ideologies. Some managed to reign for several centuries (liberalism), others for decades and years (communism and national socialism). But their demise seems obvious to us. All three ideologies, daughters of the New Age philosophy, have left the space of politics. The era of modernity has come to an end.
Friedrich Nietzsche, in his lectures on Greek philosophy, called Plato a radical revolutionary. Plato, in Nietzsche's interpretation, is the one who surpasses the classical Greek notion of the ideal citizen: Plato's philosopher becomes above religiosity, directly contemplating the idea of the Good, unlike the other two properties (war and artisans).
17.08.2022 - Let us think about the philosophical meaning of SMO (Editor's note: let us again remind readers that SMO stands for Special Military Operation). The SMO is inextricably linked to the concept of the 'end of history', not only because Francis Fukuyama, who wrote the famous text entitled The End of History, from day one of the SMO actively joined the ideological struggle against Russia on the side of the Ukrainian nationalists and even personally joined the terrorist organisation Bellingcat, which, among other things, tried to hijack a military aircraft in Russia, although this fact is very expressive in itself; the central fact is that Russia is directly opposed to globalism, to that 'liberal totalitarianism', as President Putin has openly put it, which is an ideology, and the 'end of history' plays a key role in its structure.
03.08.2022 - In my opinion, fears (for some, hopes) that Russia will at some point reduce the Special Military Operation should finally be discarded. It won't happen because it can't happen. In a way, nothing subjective.
27.05.2022 - Some background on Poland: the plan to hand over western Ukraine to Poland already existed before the start of the SMO, when the West was only considering the likelihood of such a conflict. NATO believed that Russia would destroy the command centre in Kiev at the beginning of the operation and that this would be a wake-up call for Poland; the relocation of the embassies from Kiev to Lviv was also linked to this.
19.05.2022 - Although the era of colonial powers ended in the middle of the last century, France has not yet abandoned its attempts to exploit African states. In many of the countries that gained independence from the metropolis, Paris deployed puppet politicians.
05.05.2022 - We interviewed, exclusively, Darya Platonova Dugina, philosopher graduated from Moscow State University, specialised in Neoplatonism, able political commentator and daughter of Professor Aleksandr Dugin. The interview was made originlly bilingual (italian and russian), in order to be diffused also to the Russian-speaking public.
23.04.2022 - The phases of the SMO (Special Military Operation) are taking place in parallel on two dimensions: the external and horizontal one (the geographical and political map of Ukraine) and the internal socio-political one.