Plato

Of all the Ancient Greek philosophers, Plato was the one which had the most influence on subsequent ideas around the role of rhetoric and philosophy. A student of Socrates, he went on to found a school called The Academy, and was known for skepticism about the value of rhetoric. This skepticism or mistrust of rhetoricContinue reading “Plato”

The Archetypal in Astrology

According to Richard Tarnas, the archetypal is the spiritual and energetic. It was originally experienced by human people as “Gods” and “Goddesses,” and described in terms of mythologies. The archetypal is about the essences and qualities that transcend the human. These ideas were later expounded upon in Ancient Greece, with the philosophies of Plato andContinue reading “The Archetypal in Astrology”

The Sophists

The Sophists were among the first teachers and theorists of rhetoric in Ancient Greece. They made their living traveling from city to city, teaching the citizens the art of argumentation. Having experienced a wide variety of local habits and customs during their travels, they saw truth as being relative in nature. They rejected any ideaContinue reading “The Sophists”

What is Rhetoric?

According to Aristotle, rhetoric “is the art of discovering in any particular case all of the available means of persuasion.” Most modern and contemporary definitions tend to take this classical definition of rhetoric as their starting point. For example, Kenneth Burke, one of the 20th century’s greatest rhetorical theorists, gave this explanation of rhetoric: “itContinue reading “What is Rhetoric?”

What Makes Alchemy Work?

Why has the practice of or interest in alchemy endured for so long? Many would say it’s because of what is now known as the “perennial philosophy.” This term was first used by Leibniz to describe the eternal philosophy underlying all religions, and it was later popularized in the 20th century by Aldous Huxley. ItContinue reading “What Makes Alchemy Work?”

“Supposing that Truth is a woman–what then?” Nietzsche asks us to consider the possibility (in his preface to Beyond Good and Evil) that “all philosophers … have failed to understand women,” and by extension, the Truth that she represents. Maybe a feminine conception of truth will be opposed to the dogmatism of western philosophical history.Continue reading

From ‘The Laugh of the Medusa’

“And why don’t you write? Write! Writing is for you, you are for you; your body is yours, take it. I know why you haven’t written. (And why I didn’t write before the age of twenty-seven.) Because writing is at once too high, too great for you, it’s reserved for the great-that is for “greatContinue reading “From ‘The Laugh of the Medusa’”

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