4PT Reading Group Outline: Dates, Chapters, and Topics

June 17: Introduction to the course and the introduction section of the book

  • Liberalism and its enemies
  • Liberalism and the political
  • From liberalism to post-liberalism
  • What should be done?
  • The cliches of the old ideologies
  • Global society
  • Postmodernity
  • 4PT / National Bolshevism / Eurasianism
  • An open invitation
  • Russia
  • To be or not to be

June 20: Chapter 1

  • The three ideologies
  • (Ideology = political theory?)
  • The transformation of liberalism
  • How does the fourth political theory oppose post-liberalism?
  • How can 4PT use postmodern post-liberalism?
  • What is the significance of 2PT and 3PT for 4PT?
  • The return of theology
  • The return of myth and archaics
  • Heidegger: the deepest foundation of the 4PT
  • Russia and the relationship between philosophy and politics

June 24: Chapter 2

  • Stages in the development of the 4PT
  • What is conservatism?
  • Nihilistic (negative) and constructive (positive) elements of 4PT
  • Breaking the hermeneutic circle of the ideologies (analysis of subjects)
  • Four hypotheses
  • Dasein
  • What 4PT rejects
  • What 4PT borrows
  • 4PT: closed or open?

June 27: Chapters 3-4

  • Progress
  • Modernization
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Cyclical time in the philosophy of history and culture
  • Apollo and Dionysus
  • “Conservatism has eternity on its side”
  • Hegel
  • Reversible time / political and temporal pluralism
  • 4PT is not conventional conservatism
  • Non-linear strategies fo ra new institutionalization of the world

July 1: Chapter 5

  • The US-centric world order (tentative – more info to be announced)

July 4: No session

July 8: Chapter 6

  • What is postmodernity?
  • Varieties of conservatism
  • The conservative episteme
  • What is neo-Eurasianism?

July 11: Chapter 7

  • Civilization or civilizations?
  • Multipolarity
  • Theory of a multipolar world

July 15: Chapters 8-9

  • Old left
  • Left nationalists
  • New Left (=postmodernism)
  • 4PT and the left
  • Liberalism: what is it?
  • Liberal nationalism
  • Neo-liberalism
  • Neo-conservatism (=triumphalist American liberalism) and paleo-conservatism
  • Post-modern liberalism
  • “Liberalism is an absolute evil”

July 18: Chapter 10 (tentative, might reschedule if out of town)

  • The ontology of time
  • The transcendental subject
  • The radical subject

July 22: Chapter 11, Appendix 1

  • Political anthropology
  • Politics and post-politics
  • The political soldier? How not to affirm the political
  • Political angelology

July 25: Chapters 12-14

  • On theory and practice
  • Gender in the 4PT
  • Nous / noomahia
  • Summary

July 29: Appendix 2, Conclusion

  • The metaphysics of chaos
  • Finishing the book
  • 4PT prospects?
  • End