Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

No Left Turns

The Philospher of Terror, Again

Peter drew our attention to this recent article from the New York Times Magazine about Sayyid Qutb, the philosopher of Islamic terrorism. For those who want to go further into this issue, I suggest Roxanne L. Euben, "Comparative Political Theory: An Islamic Fundamentalist Critique of Rationalism," The Journal of Politics 59(February 1997). (Sorry, I have no electronic link to this article.) This is a serious academic article and therefore unintentionally funny in many ways and loaded with jargon but Euben explains in detail why Qutb is a nihilist, as Peter claimed. Qutb turned against reason because he understood reason to be cut off from or antagonistic to the "transcendent foundations" of existence and thus a threat to Islam and all that was good and decent in human life. What Qutb and Euben (except for one enigmatic footnote; see below) fail to ask about is whether modern reason (which Qutb knew about through his study of modern Western thought) is the same as ancient reason. In a truly academic way, I will end this blog by saying that the crux of the issue (the nature of reason, the fate of Islam and of the world) rests on what we make of Euben’s footnote 49.

Discussions - 11 Comments

Get clever in the famous football scores football scores. Look at football scores - the most trusted site in the business.

This is the internet games internet games and none other. I really enjoyed reading an article on the birth of internet games, and I followed to experience internet games live. Truely amazing the use of internet games internet games, and I thought I had it all.

Nothing really compares the full version of pink gazelle - the best I have ever seen on the net. Great winning chances pink gazelle pink gazelle you choice.

When will we cease from playing purple barette? I guess never. No, check purple barette purple barette for much more.

Awesome site! hydrocodone - buy hydrocodone, hydrocodone online,
. See also hydrocodone online here.

Flooring, Armstrong flooring, Welcome to the colorful world of Flooring Bamboo flooring, Bamboo is botanically classified as grass Brick flooring,The brick flooring is one of the best unmatched alternative for flooring devices. Concrete Flooring,it is cost effective, durable & high strength Cork Flooring, warm & quite with high durability Wood floor, Wood floors are excellent choice Kitchen flooring, Laminate Floors, Laminate flooring is the best alternate for real hardwood flooring Laminate flooring is the best.more info avaleble on google ,yahoo & msn Marble flooring,One of which is hard stone product Rubber flooring, his one is a revolutionary product in flooring phenomenaState flooring,Welcome to State Flooring Flooring Industry,

Leave a Comment

* denotes a required field

No TrackBacks
TrackBack URL:

Warning: include(/srv/users/prod-php-nltashbrook/apps/prod-php-nltashbrook/public/sd/nlt-blog/_includes/promo-main.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /srv/users/prod-php-nltashbrook/apps/prod-php-nltashbrook/public/2003/03/the-philospher-of-terror-again.php on line 692

Warning: include(): Failed opening '/srv/users/prod-php-nltashbrook/apps/prod-php-nltashbrook/public/sd/nlt-blog/_includes/promo-main.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/opt/sp/php7.2/lib/php') in /srv/users/prod-php-nltashbrook/apps/prod-php-nltashbrook/public/2003/03/the-philospher-of-terror-again.php on line 692