About Dermot Griffin

About Main areas of Interest

Ancient philosophy (emphasis on Greek and Chinese; Platonism, Aristotelianism, Stoicism, Confucianism, and Daoism)

Christian/Theistic existentialism (Kierkegaard, Berdyaev, Dostoyevsky, Buber, Macquarrie, Marcel, Nishida, Tanabe, and Nishitani)

Lublin School (personalism via Krapiec and Wojtyła)

Philosophy of education (Great Books approach)

Political philosophy (Arendt, Nozick, Sowell, Locke, Burke, and the Christian realism of Niebuhr)

Medieval philosophy (Patristics, Scholasticism, Byzantine, and Judeo-Islamic)

Apologetics (Lewis, Chesterton, Sheen, and Merton)

History of ideas (Protestant Reformation, Western canon, Romanticism, biblical studies, Marxism in the 20th century, and literature in the Soviet Union).
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Favourite philosophers Soren Kierkegaard, Gabriel Marcel, Friedrich Nietzsche, Reinhold Niebuhr, Meister Eckhart, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Nikolai Berdyaev, Sergei Bulgakov, Christos Yannaras, Vladimir Lossky, Martin Buber, Walter Kaufmann, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, Heraclitus, Cicero, Seneca, Plotinus, Proclus, Psuedo-Dionysius, John Scotus Eriugena, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, St. Maximus the Confessor, St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. Justin Martyr, St. Gregory Palamas, Avicenna, Maimonides, Omar Khayyam, Suhrawardi, Confucius, Mencius, Lao Tzu, Zhuangzi, Chu Hsi, Wang Yangming, Zhou Dunyi, Jeong Yakyong, Du Weiming, Ito Jinsai, Kitaro Nishida, Hajime Tanabe, Keiji Nishitani, Shizuteru Ueda, John Locke, Edmund Burke, Isaiah Berlin, G.K. Chesterton, Immanuel Kant, Fulton Sheen, Thomas Merton, Karol Wojtyła, Mieczysław Krapiec, Edith Stein, C.S. Lewis, Thomas Sowell, Hannah Arendt, Jacques Maritain, Etienne Gilson, Robert Nozick, John Macquarrie, Richard Swinburne, David Bentley Hart, Edward Feser
Favourite quotations “Accept suffering and achieve atonement through it — that is what you must do.“ - Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

“The study of history is the best medicine for a sick mind; for in history you have a record of the infinite variety of human experience plainly set out for all to see: and in that record you can find for yourself and your country both examples and warnings: fine things to take as models, base things, rotten through and through, to avoid.” - Livy, The History of Rome

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.“ - Soren Kierkegaard, Either/Or

“The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.” - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“Accept the truth from whatever source it comes.” - Maimonides, The Eight Chapters

“The kingdom of Heaven is a condition of the heart, not something that comes upon the earth or after death.” - Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist

“Truth is the ultimate end of the whole universe.” - St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles

“He hath made everything beautiful in its time.” - Ecclesiastes 3:11