Formalism & the Sacred

Would not a neo-cameral monarchy leave us cold, as being nothing more than a bloodless business arrangement? Wouldn’t it fail to evoke our loyalty, our patriotic love? Would it not be incorrigibly – and horribly – profane? No.

Nicolas Berdyaev: The Person, Freedom, and Inequality

In the view of the Russian religious thinker and philosopher Nicolas Berdyaev (1874 – 1948), freedom arises from no causality whatever – for if freedom arose from causality, it would operate under determination, in which case it would be shackled, not free.  Freedom belongs to spirit, which is to say that it belongs to the […]