Philosophy of Science and the Occult

Author: Patrick Grim

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438404981

Category: Philosophy

Page: 395

View: 4314

This book both introduces the philosophy of science through examination of the occult and examines the occult rigorously enough to raise central issues in the philosophy of science. Placed in the context of the occult, philosophy of science issues become immediately understandable and forcefully compelling. Divergent views on astrology, parapsychology, and quantum mechanics mysticism emphasize topics standard to the philosophy of science. Such issues as confirmation and selection for testing, causality and time, explanation and the nature of scientific laws, the status of theoretical entities, the problem of demarcation, theory and observation, and science and values are discussed. Significantly revised, this second edition presents an entirely new section of quantum mechanics and mysticism including instructions from N. David Mermin for constructing a device which dramatically illustrates the genuinely puzzling phenomena of quantum mechanics. A more complete and current review of research on astrology has been included in this new edition, and the section on the problem of demarcation has been broadened.

The Occult Sciences

The Philosophy of Magic, Prodigies, and Apparent Miracles

Author: Eusèbe Salverte

Publisher: N.A


Category: Occultism

Page: N.A

View: 3142


Magic, Mystery, and Science

The Occult in Western Civilization

Author: Dan Burton,David Grandy

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253216564

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 390

View: 8949

[P.D. Ouspensky's] yearning for a transcendent, timeless reality - one that cancels out physical disintegration and death - figures into science at some fundamental level. Einstein found solace in his theory of relativity, which suggested to him that events are ever-present in the space-time continuum. When his friend Michele Besso passed on shortly before his own death, he wrote: "For us believing physicists the distinction between past, present, and future is only an illusion, even if a stubborn one." - from Magic, Mystery, and Science The triumph of science would appear to have routed all other explanations of reality. No longer does astrology or alchemy or magic have the power to explain the world to us. Yet at one time each of these systems of belief, like religion, helped shed light on what was dark to our understanding. Nor have the occult arts disappeared. We humans spend much of our time in darkness and in dreams, and though we may prefer solid ground beneath our feet, our need for mystery and a sense of the infinite remains. Magic, Mystery, and Science presents the occult as a "third stream" of belief, as important to the shaping of Western civilization as Greek rationalism or Judeo-Christianity. The history of the occult is intrinsically interesting, but it is also relevant to contemporary concerns, for modern culture never leaves behind as much of the past as one might suppose. The occult seeks explanations in a world that is living and intelligent - quite unlike the one supposed by science. By taking these beliefs seriously, while keeping an eye on science, this book aims to capture some of the power of the occult. Readers will discover that the occult has a long history that reaches back to Babylonia and ancient Egypt. It proceeds alongside, and frequently mingles with, religion and science. From the Egyptian Book of the Dead to New Age beliefs, from Plato to Adolf Hitler, occult ways of knowing have been used - and hideously abused - to explain a world that still tempts us with the knowledge of its dark secrets. Dan Burton is Assistant Professor of History and Political Science at the University of North Alabama. David Grandy is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Brigham Young University. He earned a Ph.D. in history and philosophy of science at Indiana University.

The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age

Author: Frances Yates

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134524412

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 8630

It is hard to overestimate the importance of the contribution made by Dame Frances Yates to the serious study of esotericism and the occult sciences. To her work can be attributed the contemporary understanding of the occult origins of much of Western scientific thinking, indeed of Western civilization itself. The Occult Philosophy of the Elizabethan Age was her last book, and in it she condensed many aspects of her wide learning to present a clear, penetrating, and, above all, accessible survey of the occult movements of the Renaissance, highlighting the work of John Dee, Giordano Bruno, and other key esoteric figures. The book is invaluable in illuminating the relationship between occultism and Renaissance thought, which in turn had a profound impact on the rise of science in the seventeenth century. Stunningly written and highly engaging, Yates' masterpiece is a must-read for anyone interested in the occult tradition.

Star of the Magi

An Exponent of Occult Science, Art, and Philosophy

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Occultism

Page: N.A

View: 2751


The Kabalistic and Occult Philosophy of Eliphas Levi - Volume 1: Letters to Students

Author: Eliphas Levi,Daath Gnosis


ISBN: 132909364X

Category: Religion

Page: 618

View: 1160

This Volume is a compilation of 196 letters from Eliphas Levi to three different students: -1 letter to Mme. Hutchinson -10 letters to Mr. Montaut (also known as --The Elements of the Kabalah--) -185 letters to the Baron Spedalieri These letters cover a variety of subjects and are presented in a Bilingual format (English side-by-side with the original French) with copious footnotes and illustrations to help the student grasp the subject matter. Although many of these letters have been published in English before, this is a new translation of them all. This collection is a wonderful way to see into the heart of the Author and contain insights into his Transcendental Philosophy. --The effect which I await for you (from my epistolary lessons) will be the understanding of my books which contain the whole doctrine, but in an abridged and succinct form.--

The Occult Mind

Magic in Theory and Practice

Author: Christopher I. Lehrich

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801445385

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

View: 555

"Given the historical orientation of philosophy, is it unreasonable to suggest a wider cast of the net into the deep waters of magic? By encountering magical thought as theory, we come to a new understanding of a thought that looks back at us from a funhouse mirror."-from The Occult Mind Divination, like many critical modes, involves reading signs, and magic, more generally, can be seen as a kind of criticism that takes the universe-seen and unseen, known and unknowable-as its text. In The Occult Mind, Christopher I. Lehrich explores the history of magic in Western thought, suggesting a bold new understanding of the claims made about the power of various belief systems. In closely interlinked essays on such disparate topics as ley lines, the Tarot, the Corpus Hermeticum, writing and ritual in magical practice, and early attempts to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics, Lehrich treats magic and its parts as an intellectual object that requires interpretive zeal on the part of readers/observers. Drawing illuminating parallels between the practice of magic and more recent interpretive systems-structuralism, deconstruction, semiotics-Lehrich deftly suggests that the specter of magic haunts all such attempts to grasp the character of knowledge. Offering a radical new approach to the nature and value of occult thought, Lehrich's brilliantly conceived and executed book posits magic as a mode of theory that is intrinsically subversive of normative conceptions of reason and truth. In elucidating the deep parallels between occult thought and academic discourse, Lehrich demonstrates that sixteenth-century occult philosophy often touched on issues that have become central to philosophical discourse only in the past fifty years.

The Forbidden Universe

The Occult Origins of Science and the Search for the Mind of God

Author: Lynn Picknett,Clive Prince

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1620876647

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 5459

Secret societies, famous scientists, ancient Egyptian mysticism, and a fascinating addition to the god-versus-science debate: the Catholic Church. By the bestselling authors of The Templar Revelation and Mary Magdalene, The Forbidden Universe reveals how the foundations of modern science were based around a desire to destroy the church. The great pioneering scientists of the Renaissance and the early Enlightenment (including Copernicus, Galileo, and Sir Isaac Newton) were fervent devotees of the philosophical/mystical system of Hermeticism. Many of the most important scientists of this age, including Galileo, belonged to a secret society called the Giordanisti, which had the agenda to overthrow the Church and establish a new age of Hermetic supremacy.

The Secret Science

Author: John Baines,Judith Hipskind

Publisher: John Baines Inst

ISBN: 9781882692019

Category: Psychology

Page: 230

View: 2591

The Secret Science is the study of the human condition and the foundations of life: Desire, Sex, God, Mind, Spirit, and the Search for Happiness. It says that the physical and spiritual transformation of Man is achievable through the living of life, not by detaching oneself from it. The Secret Science is intended for the reader who is driven by a spiritual inquietude and an inner yearning to deepen his personal knowledge of himself at a practical and tangible level. Also available in Spanish, Latvian, Bulgarian, Russian, German, Portuguese and Italian.

The Incomplete Universe

Totality, Knowledge, and Truth

Author: Patrick Grim

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262071345

Category: Philosophy

Page: 165

View: 4377

The central claim of this powerful philosophical exploration is that within any logic we have, there can be no coherent notion of all truth or of total knowledge. Grim examines a series of logical paradoxes and related formal results to reveal their implications for contemporary epistemology, metaphysics, and the philosophy of religion. He reaches the provocative conclusion that, if the universe is thought of in terms of its truths, it is essentially open and incomplete. The Incomplete Universe includes detailed work on the liar paradox and recent attempts at solution, Kaplan and Montague's paradox of the knower, the Godel theorems and related incompleteness phenomena, and new forms of Cantorian argument. The emphasis throughout is philosophical rather than formal, with an eye to connection's with possible worlds, the notion of omniscience, and the opening lines of the Tractatus: "The world is all that is the case. " Patrick Grim is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

The Kingdom of the Occult

Author: Walter Martin,Jill Martin Rische,Kurt Van Gorden,Kevin Rische

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 1418589837

Category: Religion

Page: 752

View: 2084

The Kingdom of the Occult delivers the timely followup to Dr. Martin's best-selling The Kingdom of the Cults This book takes Dr. Walter Martin's comprehensive knowledge and his dynamic teaching style and forges a strong weapon against the world of the Occult-a weapon of the same scope and power as his phenomenal thirty-five year bestseller, The Kingdom of the Cults (over 875,000 sold). Chapters include: Witchcraft and Wicca, Satanism, Pagan Religions, Tools of the Occult, Demon Possession and Exorcism, Spiritual Warfare, etc. Features include: Each chapter contains: Quick Facts; History; Case Studies; Theology; Resources

Philosophy of Magic, Prodigies & Apparent Miracles 1847

Author: Eusebe Salverte

Publisher: Kessinger Publishing

ISBN: 9780766142091

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 308

View: 8032

1847. From the French of Salverte, with notes illustrative, explanatory and critical by Anthony Todd Thomson. Contains discussion relative to the following topics: man is credulous because he is naturally sincere; difference between miracles and prodigies; enumeration and discussion of causes; allegories and fables adopted as real facts; real but rare phenomena held up as prodigies; magic; antiquity and universality of the belief in magic; trial of skill between the Thaumaturgists; errors mingled with the positive truths of science; safeguards of the mystery that surrounded the occult sciences; hieroglyphics; acoustics; optics; and many others.

Magical Thinking

History, Possibility and the Idea of the Occult

Author: Stuart McWilliams

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441116974

Category: History

Page: 200

View: 3616

Examining how scholarly writing has contended or conspired with discourses of enchantment from the Middle Ages to the present.

The Symbolism of the Tarot

Philosophy of Occultism in Pictures and Numbers

Author: P. D. Ouspensky

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486232913

Category: Social Science

Page: 63

View: 9755

A distinguished figure of the occult movement explains the symbolical significance of the twenty-two cards of the Greater Arcana by means of synthesis.

Politics and the Occult

The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen

Author: Gary Lachman

Publisher: Quest Books

ISBN: 0835630080

Category: Political Science

Page: 336

View: 7307

The gritty business of politics is not something we usually associate with the occult. But esoteric beliefs have influenced the destiny of nations since the time of ancient Egypt and China, when decisions of state were based on portents and astrology, to today, when presidents and prime ministers privately consult self-proclaimed seers. Politics and the Occult offers a lively history of this enduring phenomenon. Author and cultural pundit Gary Lachman provocativly questions whether the separation of church and state so dear to modern political philosophy should be maintained. A few of his fascinating topics include the fate of the Knights Templar and the medieval Gnostic Cathars, the occult roots of America and the French Revolution in Freemasonry, Gurdjieff and the swastika, Soviet interest in UFOs, the CIA and LSD, the Age of Aquarius, the millenarian politics that inform the struggle with Islamic terrorism, fundamentalism, and more.

Philosophy, its History and Historiography

Author: Alan J. Holland

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400953178

Category: History

Page: 337

View: 6236

The Royal Institute of Philosophy has been sponsoring conferences in alternate years since 1969. These have from the start been intended to be of interest to persons who are not philosophers by profession. They have mainly focused on interdisciplinary areas such as the philosophies of psychology, education and the social sciences. The volumes arising from these conferences have included discussions between philosophers and distinguished practitioners of other disciplines relevant to the chosen topic. Beginning with the 1979 conference on 'Law, Morality and Rights' and the 1981 conference on 'Space, Time and Causality' these volumes are now constituted as a series. It is h

The limits of influence

psychokinesis and the philosophy of science

Author: Stephen E. Braude

Publisher: Univ Pr of Amer


Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 307

View: 868

The Limits of Influence is a detailed examination and defense of the evidence for largescale-psychokinesis (PK). It examines the reasons why experimental evidence has not, and perhaps cannot, convince most skeptics that PK is genuine, and it considers why traditional experimental procedures are important to reveal interesting facts about the phenomena. It then examines why PK does not pose a clear threat to the very fabric of science, as many have supposed. The major skeptical challenges to taking large-scale PK seriously and the reason why those challenges are all unsatisfactory are considered. The evidence examined most closely is the turn-of-the-century evidence for physical mediumship, with special attention given to the cases of D.D. Home and Eusapia Palladino. The author compares and evaluates the leading theories of apparitions and considers the extent to which the evidence for collective apparitions can be interpreted as a further type of psychokinetic phenomenon. Finally, the claim that PK (and psychic functioning generally) might occur in refined and extensive forms is considered. It argues that this claim is not as outlandi