Essays

Philosophy and Self-Awareness

Philosophy, with Socrates, emerged as a critical analysis of collective knowledge in the light of the unity, integrity and self-transparency of individual consciousness. Not, therefore, of any individual conscience, but of one that fought for that unity, integrity and self-transparency and that, with a great deal of hardship, was at the same time digging up […]

[3/3] UNDER THE COMMAND OF A CORPSE

Olavo de Carvalho explains why Liberation Theology is alive and well in Latin America. Olavo de Carvalho July 19, 2016 Part 3 Whoever reads the writings by Gutierrez, Boff, and Betto will easily find out their multiple inconsistencies and contradictions. Those flaws reveal that their thought is not the result of serious theoretical effort, but […]

[2/3] UNDER THE COMMAND OF A CORPSE

Olavo de Carvalho explains why Liberation Theology is alive and well in Latin America. Olavo de Carvalho July 19, 2016 Part 2 If the child and even its name came ready-made from the KGB, that does not mean that its adoptive parents, Gutierrez, Boff, and Betto have no merit whatsoever in spreading it throughout the […]

[1/3] Under the Command of a Corpse

Olavo de Carvalho explains why Liberation Theology is alive and well in Latin America. Olavo de Carvalho July 19, 2016 Part 1 Why are still there people who subscribe to liberation theology? Apparently no reasonable person should do that. From a theological standpoint the doctrine that Peruvian Gustavo Gutierrez and Brazilians Leonardo Boff and Frei […]

The René Guénon Enigma

The René Guénon Enigma, by Olavo de Carvalho An author whose penname is “Sphinx” encloses an enigma and a subtle threat in his writings: any reader who is unable to decipher his enigma shall be devoured. René Guénon’s works are indeed enigmatic. They contain a great paradox: on the one hand, the author demonstrates great […]

[3/3] Sunrise by F.W. Murnau (1927): Movies and Metaphysics

Olavo de Carvalho January 30, 1997 Translation by Jules Lapprand Access to knowledge of a metaphysical order must first go through a moral and ethical understanding that doesn’t consist in “following” a pre-established moral or ethic, but on the contrary, in truly wanting to understand your own life and fulfill its meaning, facing all you […]

[2/3] Sunrise by F.W. Murnau (1927): Movies and Metaphysics

Olavo de CarvalhoJanuary 30, 1997Translation by Jules Lapprand We get a foretaste of this irony in the scene with the dog. Why does the dog, at the moment when the couple is heading out on the rowboat, chase after the lady, barking? Was it that he foresaw something terrible about to happen? Or was it […]

[1/3] Sunrise by F.W. Murnau (1927): Movies and Metaphysics

Olavo de Carvalho January 30th, 1997 Translation by Jules Lapprand Sunrise, directed by F.W. Murnau (1927) and based on a short story from The Excursion to Tilsit by Herrman Suderman, is by my account the finest film ever made. When we consider how the great Eisenstein painstakingly put together a collage images with the sole […]