Films Philosophy

The Lonely Humanism of Ad Astra

In this episode of Literary Tales, we examine the myths and symbols of “Ad Astra” (2019) and deconstruct it as a film combining Neoplatonic, Christian, and Secular themes and ideology in one synthetic epic of the human odyssey.


Hesiod, Paul Krause in real life, is the editor of VoegelinView and a writer on art, culture, literature, politics, and religion for numerous journals, magazines, and newspapers. He is the author of The Odyssey of Love and the Politics of Plato, and a contributor to the College Lecture Today and the forthcoming book Diseases, Disasters, and Political Theory. He holds master’s degrees in philosophy and theology (biblical & religious studies) from the University of Buckingham and Yale, and a bachelor’s degree in economics, history, and philosophy from Baldwin Wallace University.


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  1. I enjoy the way that you speak about themes that I talk about. And yet there’s some sort of discrepancy between what each of us are saying, despite the means of presentation or that particular format.

    The original impetus behind my work which started about, I don’t know, in 2000 maybe, is to explain religion.

    And Innoway the end product, where am I work really begins is through the noting that what it is to be a human being in the Socio political sense is to adhere to religious faith.

    What I see in your analysis, even though I’m fairly sure you would not admit it out right, you don’t admit it out right in your presentations, is that reality itself, the very intellectual schemes by which we are able to have these analyses of anthropology ideology politics, etc., is it self, or are themselves, aspects of a world religion.

    In the same way that we might look at ancient Egypt, say, and points to their run of mythology, so it is that what we consider reality is informed by the same semantic discursive trucks, I’ll be at disguised or formed under different symbolic configurations which justify the present reality with respect to “ancient mythology”

    I think I’d even go so far as to say that part of this “global religion“ is the distinguishing of “religion“ within it. And thereby sustains itself by indicating things outside of it that are not it. Thereby reifying that it is not, that it does not promote, does not rely upon some sort of figment of human imaginary semantics, but indeed that this reality is finding out some “actual truth” of the “actual universe“. As opposed to those past mythology’s or those current superstitious religious beliefs.

    It appears to me that what you are describing in your works, especially these ones about science fiction, really are telling us the same thing that I am saying, but again, I don’t think that you would admit as much.

    Or would you?

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