Alexander Dugin on the Black Philosophy of Cybele

This is an excerpt from Alexander Dugin’s book series Noomakhia: Wars of the Intellect. The topic is the black logos of Cybele, interpreted as a philosophical teaching. His series also discusses the light logos of Apollo and the dark logos of Dionysus.

For more context, see my introduction to Noomakhia, available here.

Twenty Principles of Black Philosophy

1. At the basis of everything lies matter, hule, silva, ‘wood’, space, khora, the wet-nurse (from the Timaeus), the first-matter.

2. Matter, understood maximally broadly (logically, mythologically, philosophically, theologically, religiously, rituality, symbolically, genderly) is identical with being and imbues all the phenomena arising from her with being.

3. Matter possess creative power and can create from itself bodily forms and life streams. The being of matter is transformed into life and into eidetic constructions. Matter is the creator of all.

4. The world is material, created from matter and returning to it. It (matter) is the alpha and omega of existence.

5. Things develop, beginning from maximally material and leading to more eidetic forms up to pneuma (the spirit) and intellect. But intellect (consciousness) is nothing other than the crown of the autonomous work of matter.

6. Time is material, linear and infinite. It flows in one and the same direction, but this flow has no goal. It flows like Titan-Ocean, always in one direction, but never reaching a goal. It has no goal. Matter develops and progresses but always remains itself, while constantly changing.

7. The materiality of the spirit is the highest secret of true knowledge. All forms have a common denominator: chtonic chaos. Appeal to it allows one to die and resurrect, to accomplish transformations and transubstantiations. Spirit is a consequence. It is always relative. Only matter is absolute, and that is true gnosis, freeing the knower from the oppression of dieretic operations.

8. Everything is its own opposite. Differences are never absolute, so transition to the side of the opposite camp, betrayal and transgressions are basic operations of the black logos. Radical euphemism, antiphrasis.

9. Everything is constantly changing and constantly remains itself. The forms change, the eidoses. The materiality stays the same. Elements transition one into another but preserve a connection with the original ontological base, matter itself. Changes (especially movement) have only a cause but no goal.

10. Matter is many, quantity. There is only the many; the one can emerge as a product of the game of the many and can just as easily disappear. Quantity is prior to quality.

11. The priority of quantity (the many) is expressed in the fact that there originally exist only atoms. Between them is emptiness. This atomization is necessary for the many to be many (and not one, if we admit the indivisibility of matter).

12. All bodies and also souls and spirits consist of atoms. They are comprised of atoms and decompose into atoms, some more quickly, others more slowly.

13. Their materiality makes all things equal. They are all dust and vanity.

14. Things and entities constantly attack one another in a battle for matter (as the highest value). Everyone tries to tear everyone apart, breaking them into quantity. [Everything breaks down into atoms to be recombined again.]

15. Possession  – food, riches, things, resources – is the meaning and goal of being. Matter fights with matter for matter. […]

16. Worshipping material, studying material, submitting to material, [etc] people, created by material for material, give eternal praise to matter by their materiality and participation in the [material cycles].

17. Everything existing as something (and not nothing) evokes a smile. Everything is funny, since the form, the thing, presenting itself as a form and thing, forgets its materiality, importantly holding itself forth as its opposite, and that is funny. […] The stupid are smarter than the smart. The ugly is more beautiful than the beautiful. The monstrous matter is more dear than the perfect.

18. That which is closer to matter (and not further from it) is more real. […]

19. Between the world of material bodies and matter itself are infinitely many worlds. They are full of dark and powerful life. The unnformed, incomplete, imperfect, and disfigured is more powerful, massive, stronger and ontologically formed than the completed and finished.

20. Materiality is that which is obvious in all that is present. All that exists is material. But matter itself loves to hide. It is always one level lower. Seek matter! 

Dugin’s twenty points about the philosophy of the black logos speak often of matter, as you see. He says we could also have spoken of nature. Nature loves to hide, and it hides behind a veil. When we try to unveil nature, we run a fundamental philosophy risk. Cybele kills/castrates her lovers, those who try to get too close to her.

For more on the idea of castration and its relationship to Cybele, see session four of my introduction to Dugin’s Noomakhia, available on YouTube here.

Contemporary Russian Thinkers Series – Russian Anti-Liberal Philosopher Alexander Dugin Articulates Russia’s Unofficial Ideology: Eurasianism

My recent article on neo-Eurasianism as Russia’s unofficial ideology:

“There are great powers on the world stage. But not all of them are ideological powers. The U.S., as the heart of the contemporary West, forms the ideological core of Western liberalism. Liberalism had pretensions to global hegemony after the collapse of the Soviet Union, when there were no other ideological competitors left standing. Today, however, there is a growing consensus that the unipolar moment has ended.”

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The Academy, Mainstream Conservatism, and the Dissident Right

The Agonist recently published my essay “The Academy, Mainstream Conservatism, and the Dissident Right.”

Have a look.

Here’s an except:

If the exile of dissident academics continues, then it is unlikely that they will remain isolated individuals, each carrying his or her own burden privately. There will be more journals like The Agonist, more publishing houses like Arktos Press (which publishes Duchesne, Schmitt, and other anti-globalist thinkers), more conferences like the Mencken Club, and new institutions and organizations, designed to capture the “brain drain” effect that comes when thoughtful persons are forced into silence. A parallel university-in-exile of sharp young dissidents will attract students past and present, dissatisfied with mainstream academia’s ideological proclivities.

The rise of alternative educational channels staffed by academics of the dissident right—a distant prospect, but one that I believe is to come—will understandably frighten and offend both the left and the establishment right. But it should inspire hope in anyone concerned with big picture philosophical and theologico-political questions, because those questions are not likely to receive their due treatment in a post-purge environment.

The Fourth Political Theory Reading Group

Millerman PRO presents: The Fourth Political Theory Reading Group!

Are you interested in Alexander Dugin’s The Fourth Political Theory? I am offering an online course and reading group dedicated to studying it with you.

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  • 12 weekly sessions starting June 17th
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New Dugin Translation Project

It’s been a while since I have translated a book by Alexander Dugin. The last project I did was a series of essays from, to be published by Arktos under the title Political Platonism. But in recent conversations with smart political philosophers, Dugin’s second Heidegger book, Martin Heidegger: The Possibility of Russian Philosophy keeps coming up, leaving me with a strong urge to get to work on making it available in English.

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Olavo de Carvalho vs. Alexander Dugin

New Millerman Talks videos on the debate between Olavo de Carvalho and Alexander Dugin. Olavo was in the news recently, after a documentary film in his honour was screened in Washington, DC at the Trump International Hotel. Guests included Eduardo Bolsonaro, the son of the Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro. According to the Financial Times, Eduardo said of his father’s team that they “could not have won the election without Olavo” and “Without Olavo there would be no President Bolsonaro.”

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Extended Interview with Students for Western Civilisation

Today, Students for Western Civilisation posted an extended version of my interview on academic bias against right-wing thought. Watch it below if you want. And if you enjoy it, please like and share the video.

There’s a shorter version, too, which they used for their video on “How Far-Left Universities Create Far-Right Students,” available here. You can learn more about Students for Western Civilisation and watch their other videos on their website.

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Leo Strauss and Straussian Witchcraft

Back in grad school I was a big fan of Leo Strauss. His books are a welcome gateway drug into classical political philosophy. He was also a great teacher. Generations of his students, following in what they see as his footsteps, have produced their own good works: studies, commentaries, and translations of important writings.

But some followers of Leo Strauss give the impression that they are parroting his dogmatic statements, rather than thinking them through. My latest publication is a lighthearted reflection on that tendency of a subset of Straussians to hypnotize themselves with Strauss’s mantras. It’s also a reflection on the relationship between moderation and philosophy.

You might also enjoy watching this video on Strauss’s essay called “German Nihilism” or browse the writings on his thought available here.