About Dermot Griffin

About Main areas of Interest

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

Medieval philosophy (Aquinas, Duns Scotus, Palamas, Cajetan, Maimonides, Avicennism, Averroism, Illuminationism)

Christian existentialism (Kierkegaard, Berdyaev, Dostoyevsky, Macquarrie, Marcel, Bonhoeffer, Niebuhr)

Philosophical anthropology (Personalism and Existential Thomism via Gilson, Maritain, Stein, the Lublin School, and Wojtyła)

Kyoto School (Nishida, Tanabe, Nishitani)

Philosophy of education (Great Books approach/perennialism)

Philosophy of mind (hard problem of consciousness, Chinese room argument, extended mind thesis, cognitive science)

Political philosophy (Arendt, Nozick, Sowell, Locke, Burke, Tocqueville)

Bioethics (beginning of personhood, consequences of the posthumanist movement)

World history (specifically regarding Greco-Roman antiquity, the Dark Ages, the Byzantine Empire, the United States impact on the modern world, World War II, Soviet era history)

History of ideas (Reformation, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Romanticism, the history of nihilism, the application of dialogism to literature)

Biblical studies (the Cynic hypothesis in the study of the historical Jesus, Girard’s scapegoat theory as a hermeneutic)
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Favourite philosophers Soren Kierkegaard, Gabriel Marcel, Friedrich Nietzsche, Reinhold Niebuhr, Viktor Frankl, Albert Ellis, Carl Jung, Thomas Nagel, John Searle, David Chalmers, Jordan Peterson, Meister Eckhart, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Nikolai Berdyaev, Vladimir Solovyov, Vladimir Lossky, Mikhail Bakhtin, Martin Buber, 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. Athanasius, St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory Palamas, Avicenna, Maimonides, Omar Khayyam, Ibn Arabi, Averroes, Suhrawardi, Confucius, Mencius, Lao Tzu, Zhuangzi, Chu Hsi, Wang Yangming, Zhou Dunyi, Jeong Yakyong, Du Weiming, Ito Jinsai, Kitaro Nishida, Hajime Tanabe, Keiji Nishitani, John Locke, Edmund Burke, Isaiah Berlin, G.K. Chesterton, John Wesley, Immanuel Kant, Fulton Sheen, Thomas Merton, Seraphim Rose, Karol Wojtyła, Mieczysław Krąpiec, Robert Sokolowski, Antonin Sertillanges, Pierre Hadot, Edith Stein, C.S. Lewis, Thomas Sowell, Hannah Arendt, Jacques Maritain, Etienne Gilson, Robert Nozick, John Macquarrie, Richard Swinburne, David Bentley Hart, Kallistos Ware, 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

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

"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

"Unless we become dead to the world and the things in the world (1 John 2:15), how shall we live the 'life that is hid in Christ' (Col. 3:3) when we have not died for the sake of God?" - St. Symeon the New Theologian

"By crucifying oneself to the world, and the world to oneself (Gal. 6:14), brethren, our souls therefore die before death and rise again before the resurrection of the body in deed, in power, in experience, and in truth." - St. Symeon the New Theologian

"Wisdom gives strength to the wise man more than ten rulers that are in a city." - Ecclesiastes 7:19