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  1. Interview with Alexander Dugin (Philosophy, 4PT, Education, Mysticism, Theatre)

    Interview with Alexander Dugin (Philosophy, 4PT, Education, Mysticism, Theatre)

  2. Michael Millerman on Alexander Dugin’s Populism

    The Telos Press Podcast: Michael Millerman on Alexander Dugin’s Populism

    By   ·  Friday, June 4, 2021

    In today’s episode of the Telos Press Podcast, Camelia Raghinaru talks with Michael Millerman about his article “The Ethnosociological and Existential Dimensions of Alexander Dugin’s Populism,” from Telos 193 (Winter 2020). An excerpt of the article appears below. To learn how your university can subscribe to Telos, visit our library recommendation page. Print copies of Telos 193 are available for purchase in our store.

    From Telos 193 (Winter 2020)

    The Ethnosociological and Existential Dimensions of Alexander Dugin’s Populism

    Michael Millerman

    If in 2004 Margaret Canovan could write that “few political theorists believe that populism deserves their attention,” by 2017, as Jonathan White and Lea Ypi observe, “contemporary political theory has made the question of the ‘people’ a topic of sustained analysis.”[1] Even so, “what a people is . . . is a matter of enduring dispute.”[2] One of the disputed definitions of what a people is comes from the domain of right-wing populism.[3] While the political relevance of right-wing populist challenges to liberal democracy is widely recognized, the theoretical bases of right-wing populism are rarely the targets of sustained analysis. Yet what Alberto Spektorowski writes about the New Right perhaps applies also to right-wing populisms more generally: their importance “lies . . . in [their] theoretical innovation.”[4] This paper is meant to be a contribution to the general study of the theoretical innovations of right-wing populism. Specifically, it focuses on Alexander Dugin’s populism. First, I briefly introduce the place of the “people” in Dugin’s fourth political theory. Second and third, comprising the bulk of the essay, I provide an overview of the ethnosociological and existential dimensions of Dugin’s populism. Fourth, I outline an additional, “noological” aspect before concluding.

    Scholars critical of populism tend to collapse right-wing populism into a species of fascism or racism and lambaste it for failing to meet a number of criteria of ethical legitimacy, such as openness to otherness and pluralism. But since theorists of right-wing populism are not usually studied adequately on their own terms as theorists, criticisms against them often read like superficial screeds, rote operations consisting in the mere imposition of liberal or social democratic principles onto phenomena worth studying in their own right.[5] Yet the common equation “anti-liberal = fascist = nationalist = racist = Nazi” might distort the phenomena, thereby preventing an adequate understanding.[6] James Gregor, for instance, argues that fascists were neither nationalists nor racists, calling the common equation of fascism and nationalism “part of the folk wisdom of political science.”[7] Gregor argues that we gain a better understanding by attending to the actual political theory of fascism, according to which the nation is a product of the state. On that view, fascism is better called statism than nationalism. Such adjustments, based on distinctions drawn from the actual theoreticians of fascism, provide a sounder starting point for understanding than does the folk wisdom of the field. In trying to understand right-wing populism, we should move away from folk wisdom toward conceptual precision.

    There are three reasons why theorizing about right-wing populism should include the effort to take right-wing theorists themselves seriously on their own terms: (1) if these theorists are regarded as enemies of a given political position, the injunction to “know thy enemy” justifies a more thorough exercise in comprehension than hasty subsumption under the labels of fascism or racism offers; (2) if an analyst champions an ethic of openness to otherness, the challenge posed by right-wing anti-liberal populist theory can be seen as an invitation to extend the ethic of openness not just to the good others (whoever they may be) but to those assumed to be bad others, too, as a matter of fidelity to the ethic of openness, or to probe the limits of that ethic; (3) without maintaining either a position of frank enmity or a political ethic of openness, i.e., one that is by default open to a certain notion of “the good other” and closed to that of “the bad other,” an analyst may simply want to access the broadest spectrum of relevant theoretical alternatives from a desire to understand, as a sort of exercise in the liberal arts, meant to liberate thought to the extent possible under the circumstances from the strict confines of a worldview or ideology, whether liberal, social democratic, or anything else.

    Continue reading this article at the Telos Online website (online subscription required). If your library does not yet subscribe to Telos, visit our library recommendation page to let them know how.

    Notes

    1. Margaret Canovan, “Populism for Political Theorists?,” Journal of Political Ideologies9, no. 3 (2004): 241; Jonathan White and Lea Ypi, “The Politics of Peoplehood,” Political Theory 45, no. 4 (2017): 439.

    2. White and Ypi, “The Politics of Peoplehood,” p. 439.

    3. Not all populisms are right-wing populisms. See Yannis Stavrakakis et al., “Extreme Right-Wing Populism in Europe: Revisiting a Reified Association,” Critical Discourse Studies 14, no. 4 (2017): 420–39.

    4. Alberto Spektorowski, “The Intellectual New Right, the European Radical Right and the Ideological Challenge to Liberal Democracy,” International Studies 39, no. 2 (2002): 169.

    5. See, for instance, Andreas Umland, “Pathological Tendencies in Russian Neo-Eurasianism: The Significance of the Rise of Aleksandr Dugin for the Interpretation of Public Life in Contemporary Russia,” Russian Politics and Law 47, no. 1 (2009): 81. Umland includes himself among a group of scholars who study Dugin and others with a hermeneutic that is “critical or even sarcastic from the start,” an attitude that might prohibit understanding or make it more difficult.

    6. James Gregor, “Fascism and the New Russian Nationalism,” Communist and Post-Communist Studies 31, no. 1 (2008): 2: “there has been a tendency among political commentators on the Russian scene to move artlessly from ‘extreme right wing,’ to ‘fascism,’ to ‘nazism,’ to describe what has been happening since the eclipse of Marxism-Leninism in what was once the Soviet Union. . . . All these terms are employed as though they all referred to one omnibus political phenomenon, or that the descent from the ‘extreme right’ to ‘nazism’ was inevitable.”

    7. Ibid., p. 6.

  3. Dugin for dummies

    Michael Millerman on Alexander Dugin, Leo Strauss, Martin Heidegger - Jack Murphy Live Podcast

     

    THE FOURTH POLITICAL THEORY Michael Millerman, PhD is the leading English language expert on Alexander Dugin. Together he and I explore Dugin's Fourth Political Theory, a controversial, novel, and challenging notion of politics, philosophy, and knowledge. It is said Dugin has Putin's ear, so if you want to understand geo-politics today, you must understand Dugin. We take you through his theories step-by-step. "Dugin for Dummies" is a must listen!

  4. Introduction to Alexander Dugin's Noomakhia (4PT, Dasein, Nous)

    An excerpt from my seminar on Alexander Dugin's Noomakhia series of books. In this excerpt, I discuss the relationship of Noomakhia to The Fourth Political Theory, Heidegger and the idea of the multiplicity of Daseins, and Dugin's view that "everything is Noomakhia." The seminar ran for four 90 minute sessions in August 2019. You can purchase access to the recordings at michaelmillerman.ca For more information about Noomakhia, including translations of the first few chapters of the methodological volumes (1 and 2), visit https://eurasianist-archive.com/item/... Thanks for watching.

  5. Noomakhia Session 2 (The Historial, Becoming Platonists, the Three Logoi - Apollo, Dionysus, Cybele)

    Session two of my introduction to Alexander Dugin's Noomakhia, covering chapter 1 and the first part of chapter 2 (source materials at https://eurasianist-archive.com/2019/...). Recorded August 2019. michaelmillerman.ca @M_Millerman

  6. Noomakhia Session 3 (Plato, Aristotle, Dionysus, Gnosticism, Materialism, and more)

    Session three of my introduction to Alexander Dugin's Noomakhia. Recorded August 2019. Please like/share/subscribe. Thanks for watching.

    Topics include:

    • The relation between philosophy and politics.
    • The relativity of truth
    • The 240-volume noomakhia
    • Postponing our identity when studying other thinkers
    • Fractal geosophy
    • The philosophical Dionysus Dionysian Aristotle vs. Apollonian Plato
    • The meaning of matter God and man etc.

  7. Introduction to Alexander Dugin's Noomakhia - Final Session (Cybele, Materialism, Geosophy, Dasein)

    Session four of my seminar on Alexander Dugin's Noomakhia. Recorded August 2019. -The Cybelean logos -The 20 points of black philosophy -The 3 methodological rules for geosophy

  8. Leo Strauss on Persecution and Esoteric Writing with Michael Millerman

    Leo Strauss on Persecution and Esoteric Writing with Michael Millerman

  9. Panel Show on JML with Spencer Klavan and Michael Millerman

     

    Jack Murphy sits down with Spencer Klavan and Michael Millerman for an epic conversation about philosophy, masculinity, and much more.

  10. Interview with Kenji Hayakawa, author of Echo and Groa (Heidegger, Hegel, Joyce, Bjork, and more!)

     

    Kenji Hayakawa is joining me to discuss his book Echo and Groa. He is among other things the Japanese translator of books by Andrew Yang and Yanis Varoufakis and an expert in the writings of James Joyce. We discuss Heidegger, Hegel, Socrates, dreams, dialogue with animals, nocturnal thinking, cybernetics, translation, automation, and more.

  11. Interview with Michael Michailidis of Ancient Greece Revisited (Castoriadis, Nietzsche, and more!)

    I will be talking with Michael Michailidis about his show Ancient Greece Revisited, which has had such episodes as The True Face of Dionysus, Did the Greeks Trip on LSD, Plato's: The Coronavirus, Epicurus: The Polyatheist, and much more. Michael's channel also includes a series on Greek musical instruments, an excellent cycle on Jason and the Argonauts, conversations with Greek professors, artists, poets, historians, and philosophers, and the AGR podcast called On Tyranny.

  12. What is Dasein? (Intro to Heidegger) - Michael Millerman

    A brief overview of some themes from Heidegger's Being and Time and Contributions to Philosophy (of the Event).

  13. Getting Started with Heidegger's Being and Time

     

    An excerpt from my course on Being and Time available at millerman.teachable.com. The first few minutes introduce Heidegger's basic question.

  14. Bronze Age Mindset: A Book On Fire - Michael Millerman

     

    An essay on Bronze Age Mindset by Bronze Age Pervert.

  15. The Philosophical Analysis of Manliness, Lecture 1: Courage (Plato's Laches)

    Lecture 1 from The Philosophical Analysis of Manliness. The course was prepared for and commissioned by the Liminal Order (https://liminal-order.com/). You can purchase the full course at http://www.MillermanSchool.com and it is also a member benefit at the LO.

    Thanks for watching. Please consider supporting my work by purchasing courses at http://www.MillermanSchool.com.

  16. Thinking about Technology: God, Man, and the World

     

    A talk on technology and philosophy. The original version was presented to an undergraduate class on Tolkein earlier this year. Rerecorded for you. Please like, subscribe, comment, share, etc., and consider visiting millermanschool.com for related courses. 

     

    Technology lecture.docx

     

  17. Martin Heidegger on Oswald Spengler (Millerman Talks 27)

    What did Martin Heidegger think about Oswald Spengler?

  18. Communist Party of USA vs. Dugin

    Communist Party of USA vs. Dugin

  19. Scrolling Twitter / Dugin vs Commies

    How are people reacting to CPUSA?

  20. Jordan Peterson vs. Plato on truth

    Truth, Justice, and Lies. PlatoCourse.com

  21. Unregistered 197: Michael Millerman (VIDEO)

     

    I sat down with fellow exiled academic Michael Millerman to discuss his work with the controversial Russian philosopher Alexander Dugin, the resulting furor at the University of Toronto, and his study of ancient mystics, which, I was surprised to find, persuaded me to rethink my agnosticism.

  22. Alexander Dugin vs. The Great Reset

     

    Alexander Dugin wrote a book against the Great Reset. Here's my review of it, originally published at europeanconservative.com/reviews/the-great-awakening-vs-the-great-reset/

  23. "The Most Dangerous Philosopher in the World" with Dr Michael Millerman

    interview discussing Alexander Dugin's book The Great Awakening vs the Great Reset

  24. The Fourth Political Theory | Guest: Michael Millerman | 3/22/23

    Aleksandr Dugin is a controversial Russian thinker, serving as both a biting critic of liberalism and an adviser to Vladimir Putin. Philosophical scholar Michael Millerman joins me for a discussion on Dugin's book, "The Fourth Political Theory." 

     

  25. The Fourth Political Theory: Part Two | Guest Michael Millerman | 4/13/24

     

    Philosophical scholar Michael Millerman joins me for the second part of our discussion on Aleksandr Dugin and his book "The Fourth Political Theory."

  26. The Fourth Political Theory: Part Three | Guest: Michael Millerman | 4/21/23

     

    Philosophical scholar Michael Millerman joins me for part three of our discussion on Aleksandr Dugin and his book "The Fourth Political Theory."

  27. Fourth Political Theory: Part Four | Guest: Michael Millerman | 5/11/23

     

    Philosophical scholar Michael Millerman joins me for part four of our discussion on Aleksandr Dugin and his book "The Fourth Political Theory." On Auron MacIntyre's youtube channel

  28. The Fourth Political Theory: Part Five | Guest: Michael Millerman | 5/19/23

    Philosophical scholar Michael Millerman joins me for the fifth and final installment of our discussion on Aleksandr Dugin and his book "The Fourth Political Theory." On Auron MacIntyre's youtube channel

  29. Alexander Dugin on Censorship (Article Reading)

    Friday June 2nd Livestream. Dugin on censorship. Original article here, Visit Millermanschool.com for my philosophy courses.

  30. Dugin the occultist? National divorce? And other topics...

     

    June 22nd morning livestream. Note: I didn't get around to reading the National Divorce article. We'll do that on another stream. Here's the article I did read: https://europeanconservative.com You can find my books at DuginBook.com and my courses, including two on Dugin, at MillermanSchool.com. Thanks for watching. If you enjoy it, like, share, subscribe, comment, and help this channel grow. DuginCourse.com -- check it out.

     

  31. Alexander Dugin on The Metaphysics of National Bolshevism

     

    Reading a classic article by Dugin. For courses on Dugin, Plato, Heidegger and other authors, visit MillermanSchool.com

     

  32. How Dugin Influences the West + Thiel on Wokeness (Article Reading)

     

    Monday Jun 12th livestream. Reading an article on Dugin and another by Peter Thiel. Come join me, hang out in the chat. Like, share, subscribe, etc., and check out courses at MillermanSchool.com.

     

  33. Heidegger: Basic Concepts (GrundBegriffe)

     

    Reading and commenting on the Introduction. I offer courses on Heidegger at MillermanSchool.com. Currently there are three: Being and Time, Contributions to Philosophy (of the Event), and Black Notebooks. If you enjoyed this lecture, please...read Heidegger...and have a look at the course offerings at MillermanSchool.com. Also, kindly like, share, subscribe, etc., so other people can find this video. Thank you.

     

  34. Heidegger's Basic Concepts: First Division

    Livestream reading and commentary on the First Division of Heidegger's Basic Concepts lecture. I already read/commented on the introduction. For more Heidegger, visit MillermanSchool.com

  35. More Heidegger: Basic Concepts (Second Division)

     

    Livestream reading with commentary. Being is the most common and the most unique? The most said and the keeping silent? The most intelligible and concealment. Whoa. MillermanSchool.com

     

  36. Heidegger: Basic Concepts (Division Three)

     

    Reading and commenting on the Third Division of Part One of Heidegger's Basic Concepts. This will be the last video exposition I do of the book. I encourage you to read the rest of it and more Heidegger on your own. I offer classes at MillermanSchool.com. Cheers.

     

  37. Heidegger: Introduction to Philosophy

     

    Livestream reading and commentary on the Intro section of Heidegger's Introduction to Philosophy -- Thinking and Poetizing. Might do chapter one in another video. For more Heidegger, Nietzsche, and Plato, visit MillermanSchool.com. Like, subscribe, enjoy.

     

  38. Reading Martin Heidegger's Black Notebooks

     

    On this livestream, we’ll read and clarify some (more or less random) passages from the first volume of Heidegger’s Black Notebooks. BlackNotebooks.com / MillermanSchool.com

     

  39. Alexander Dugin on Postmodernism

     

    September 25th Livestream — Article Reading.

    MillermanSchool.com

  40. Leo Strauss on Existentialism

     

    Essay reading. Strauss on existentialism. I have courses on Leo Strauss and Martin Heidegger available for purchase at my school, MillermanSchool.com. Visit HeideggerCourse.com and HeideggerBook.com for more. Glad to bring you great Strauss content.

    Essay source:  https://ia902806.us.archive.org/10/items/LeoStraussExistentialism1956Integral_201810/Leo%20Strauss%20-%20%27%27Existentialism%27%27%20%5B1956%3B%20integral%5D.pdf

  41. Hacking State 20 - Michael Millerman: Heidegger, Dugin, and Strauss - The Rewilding of Philosophy

    Michael Millerman joins me to discuss starting a philosophy school, why tech and startups are seeking wisdom, whether Western philosophy is still a living tradition, objections to the usefulness of philosophy, leading students to the eternal questions, the intimate pleasure of communing with old friends, Martin Heidegger's influence on Alexander Dugin, Leo Strauss and Heidegger's disagreement on philosophical historicism, our place in the cave beneath Plato's Cave, Millerman's intriguing encounter with Dugin, why Dugin is a dangerous philosopher, his take on "Selective Breeding and the Birth of Philosophy," and the potential for the rewilding of philosophy.

  42. Russia, and Dugin's Political Theory - Michael Millerman

     

    Michael Millerman joins us for a discussion of theory in the thought of Aleksandr Dugin and how it relates to our confrontation with Russia

     

  43. Julius Evola Against the Modern World

    In this video, we take a look at Orientations: 11 Points by Julius Evola, written in 1950. Make sure to check out my other Evola videos. Subscribe to this channel for more political philosophy. And when you're ready, join me at MillermanSchool.com

  44. Alexander Dugin on Tucker Carlson! - Michael Millerman

     

    As you might know, I translated several of Dugin’s books into English and have been writing about his theory for about ten years. I teach him at my online school, MillermanSchool.com, I have a chapter on him in my Heidegger book, and I have published a collection of my writings on him into a book called Inside ‘Putin’s Brain’: The Political Philosophy of Alexander Dugin (find them both at DuginBook.com).

     

    I figured we could use this livestream to just go over some of the basics and maybe look at recent articles by him or do a Q and A. Come join the Tucker-Dugin afterparty.

     

  45. Julius Evola's 15 Principles of the True State

     

    What is Evola's political theory? What allows him to criticize both Nazism and Fascism "from the right"? What principles does he think the True State should embody? That's what we go over in this video, brought to you by MillermanSchool.com. By the way, I've started to experiment with my lighting a bit. I'll get it right soon but my apologies if this is too (insert critical criterion here) for your liking. Thanks for watching!

  46. Alexander Dugin on Christianity and Neo-Platonism — Michael Millerman

     

    What is the relationship between Christianity and Neo-Platonism? In this video, I go over Alexander Dugin's 10 Theses on the topic from ch. 6 of Political Platonism.

  47. Dugin, Strauss, and Heidegger on the Crisis of Modernity

    What is modernity? What did it replace? What is the nature of the crisis? What is the solution to the crisis? How do different authors address these points How does the idea of a crisis of modernity help us structure our studies of authors like Leo Strauss, Martin Heidegger, Alexander Dugin, Nietzsche, Schmitt, and others? Brought to you by MillermanSchool.com.

  48. How to Understand Martin Heidegger — Michael Millerman

    Heidegger! If you are someone who is "interested in" philosophy but for some reason you have never managed to get into him or you've heard that it's not worth the effort...keep trying. It is.

     

    I have books, essays, interviews, and video courses, as well as free videos on this channel, all designed to help you get on Heidegger’s wavelength.

     

    In this live off-the-cuff introdution to Heidegger, we’ll walk through some of his basic concepts and hopefully something sticks!

     

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