Oftentimes, you will find agreement and disagreement of what is the Gorean Philosophy. This is something that each person needs to examine for themselves, identify what is important to them, and finally make a conscientious decision to strive to live up to the standards and principles in their daily lives.
The Gorean Philosophy expounds in systematic detail
- on the importance of a structured subculture,
- the importance of Master/slave relationships,
- and the importance of individuality within all three.
Or in reverse –
- Individual identity, standards and conduct. (Choice and responsibility)
- The importance of position (Free or slave) and the relationship with ourselves, directly with others and the overall community.
- Subcultural expectations and limits (Set by Law, custom, tradition or the sword of others).
The Gor Books first came out in publication in 1966 with Tarnsman of Gor. Within and throughout the Book series, there is a philosophy that embodies what we recognise today to be called the Gorean Philosophy. Throughout the Book series, there are key philosophical principles or elements that are stressed as individualistic, on a relationship basis, and as a cultural existence of community. John Norman writes about several philosophies being embedded into Gorean society. It includes ancient Philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche.