This site doubles as my own personal blog and a magazine of sorts.
Poiesis → The act bringing something into being that did not exist before, the creation of something radically new.
Sym → ‘With’, ‘Together’
Sympoiesis → Cooperative creation.
When we talk about poiesis, there are typically quite mystical connotations; from the uncovering of something sublime to the act of creation ex nihilo itself. The contents of this blog are inclined towards traditions of thought which are pre-modern, post-modern or just illiberal in some manner. This is to say that it is eidos orientated, in the use of the word as both essentiality and species, but more so as form, in the Aristotelian sense carried over from Parmenides as convertible with being. Naturally, this all lends itself to a position that is opposed to such things as individualism, the reign of quantity, and seeks that which can re-enchant the world and affirms the anagogic.
It’s no wonder that those who are of a similar persuasion are obsessed with aesthetics, with the creation, cultivation and display of beautiful things. The age of modernity is inherently disordered, haphazardly subjects everything of real quality to the cold gaze of utility, and so unsurprisingly has produced this ugly world of ataxia riddled with various strains of malaise.
So, this blog will be dedicated to exploring the nature of said malaise, its generation and proliferation, its various victims, and perhaps even the proper way to force something worth radically affirming from out of itーour social circumstances, history, theology, political opportunities and philosophical remedies. Yet, in doing so I will not be alone in my endeavor in the least, and so we might say that this blog is itself participates in sympoiesis.
To illustrate; Marsilio Ficino, a major Catholic figure of the Renaissance saw himself and his purpose given to him by God in a threefold harmony. As a physician he healed the body, as a philosopher he gave remedies to the mind, and as a priest, he gave salvific health back to the soul. Likewise, cultural criticism and politics, philosophy, theology and everything in between serve a similar function for the alienated modern who finds himself dazed and suspended in a sea of combinatory models with no referent, who finds himself at odds with the spirit of the age, who longs for the opportunity of redemption and perfection. Our goal here to facilitate this.
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