Archive for August, 2013

Final Post

By • Aug 31st, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

With my summer research project over, I feel that although I have learned much more about the Tang dynasty of China, I am still only brushing the surface. The richness, the depth, the texture of that world is so much more than what is described in even the most detailed of texts. Certainly I can read about […]



Reflections

By • Aug 31st, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

    Over the course of this research I think I accomplished certain goals but fell short of others. The time spent on How the World Began provided a solid introduction to approaching a text in a dramaturgical fashion. Certainly the opportunity to speak with the playwright provided invaluable insight and added another dimension to my… [Continue Reading]



Summary: Post 6

By • Aug 31st, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

At the start of the summer I set out to answer the question of whether olfactory ratio, a widely accepted proxy for olfactory capabilities, might be a good proxy for social behavior in extant birds and extinct theropods. After a lot of reading, a lot o…



René Guénon Research Summary

By • Aug 31st, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I am too invested in this project to reveal my conclusions here. Instead I will summarize my process and then provide the outline of my paper. I began by reading all of the works of René Guénon, which is around 17 volumes and thousands of pages. I also read contemporary occult works, and familiarized myself… [Continue Reading]



The King of the World

By • Aug 31st, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The King of the World is René Guénon’s best work. It is his most concise, interesting, and brilliant piece of writing, and also the most criticized by his fellow traditionalists. It has been described as proceeding from Guénon’s lifelong interest in “the fantastic”, and there is no better word for it. Among the many topics… [Continue Reading]



Guénon’s Metaphysical Trilogy

By • Aug 31st, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The trilogy of books that begins with Man and his Becoming According to the Vedanta and ends with the publications a year apart of The Symbolism of the Cross and The Multiple States of Being are considered the works where Guénon gives the best exposition of his metaphysics, that forms the backbone of his work…. [Continue Reading]



Guénon’s Early Histories

By • Aug 31st, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

One of the elements of Guénon’s thought I spent a lot of time puzzling out was his early work. Specifically two books: Theosophy, History of a Pseudo-Religion and The Spiritist Fallacy. It has been said that Occult thought in the twentieth century knows four great minds, Blavatsky, Gurdjieff, Jung and Guénon. At the time of… [Continue Reading]



Final Considerations

By • Aug 31st, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In the end, I am afraid I am a little disappointed by my research. I set out to prove that the circular form originated in the West as a means of Sicily & Magna Graecia asserting their own identity. And ultimately, I proved…that this is a possibility, perhaps even a probability. Broad trends show the… [Continue Reading]



Why Wood Made Me Glad I Took Intro to Econ.

By • Aug 31st, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As I mentioned earlier, many theaters would have been built at least partially of wood, as many Sicilian red-figure vases reference.[1] To Csapo, this fact strongly discourages the idea of a circular form for theaters as the “effort and expense of shaping a wooden theatron to fit a circular plan would hardly be worthwhile.”[2] The… [Continue Reading]



An Argument from Absence

By • Aug 31st, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Unfortunately, as my research continued, I realized that there simply is not enough evidence one way or another to definitely prove my thesis.             Although other architectural developments show that the circular form as a Western innovation is a possibility, and the Pythagorean legacy in the West perhaps indicates it as a… [Continue Reading]