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Roger E. Eichorn's Blog: Fantasy, Philosophy, and whatever else I feel like writing about
I’m currently a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Chicago. I specialize in philosophical skepticism, particularly the role of ancient skepticism in modern and contemporary philosophy. I have broad interests in the history and theory of philosophy (i.e., metaphilosophy), with a particular focus on Montaigne, Hume, Nietzsche, and Heidegger. I hold a B.A. in History and Philosophy from the University of New Hampshire and an M.A. in Philosophy from Stanford University. You can find out more about my academic work here, if you’re into that sort of thing.
I also write fantasy fiction. As my friend R. Scott Bakker put it in his early author bios (paraphrasing): “He writes philosophy and fantasy, and increasingly can’t tell the difference between the two.”
I am currently at work on a six-book series entitled Three Roses. It is a quasi-historical fantasy, with the history/fantasy balance falling somewhere between Guy Gavriel Kay and George R.R. Martin: less historical and more fantastic than Kay’s Al-Rassan or Sarantium or Kitan, but more historical and less fantastic* than Martin’s Westeros. The series is set in an alternate version of early-modern England, and it tells the story of the rise and fall of the Keldor (read: Tudor) dynasty.
* = This point is debatable, actually. In some ways, Three Roses is much more ‘enchanted’ than ASOIAF, but the enchantment is almost exclusively metaphysical (though this does translate into sometimes quite astonishing ‘merely physical’ weirdness). In Heideggerese, my world is ontologically fantastic but ontically mundane (for the most part). In other words, my world is more fantastic than Martin’s at the level of its structure, its metaphysics, particularly the metaphysics of human beings; but it is less fantastic than Martin’s at the level of objects within-the-world (i.e., there are no dragons or reanimated corpses). The ‘higher realms’ do exist, however, and the beings who inhabit them can manifest in the mundane world; but it is unclear whether they can properly be said to exist in the mundane world (in, say, the straightforward way that dragons and reanimated corpses exist in Martin’s world).