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Notes from Week 2 to Week 3 Day 1 - 2C

Notes from Week 2 to Week 3 Day 1 - 2C - Mysticism...

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Mysticism: semblance of reality in views It cannot be explained; it is ineffable It is a union with God – a handful of individuals have come face to face with God and experience this union; erotic language Love as a theme that appears in the mystics’ writing Three stages [Awakening, purgatory…] Religions ~ mystical experiences; born out of magic… renewed traditions and ethical principles First religions were magical – incantations, rituals, controlling physical world (matter) Nature and god cannot be controlled Has some elements of magic (which controls nature through incantation while religion accepts that man’s distance from divinity can seldom be controlled) Q: How can we grasp reality? Appolonism vs. Ptolemism [Fluctuations between the two] Order vs. Disorder Meaning and Progress vs. Meaningless Greeks: Aristotle, Aquinas all knowledge and appreciation of reality is in accordance with the senses [continuously betrays us] - Materialists - Skeptics [doubt everything] -
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