So I thought I had Kelhus and his order pegged as Stoics or Stoic-Utilitarians. Kelhus seems a little like the young J. S. Mill. Which means he seems a little like Spock. So is The Prince of Nothing a wonderful critique of the Habermassian model of society? A sort of de Sadian twist on the neo-Kantianism of Habermas?
But something in WP made me think there is something more Eastern to Kelhus. Is he closer to Plotinus, or does he go even further into some Eastern type philosophies? I only have an inkling on this and not a firm read, but it was nice trying to figure out what "philosophies" were being played out in the story.