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First issue of Gnosis: Journal for Gnostic Studies Published

The theme of the issue is “Gnostic Countercultures,” with a slew of papers on Gnosticism (sensu lato) and transgression. Topics covered range from ancient Gnostic sources to Neoplatonic theurgy, the modern reception-history of Gnostic themes, Gnostic fiction (even in graphic novels), and American Hoodoo. 12 more words

Hegel the consummate Neoplatonist 11e

11.3.10 Hegel infused the Trinity with Neoplatonic symbolism

As Hegel’s distortions through conflation in his discussions of the philosophies of Plotinus and Proclus in his Lectures on the History of Philosophy are reflected in his own conflated Neoplatonism (addressed in Chapter 7), so the Christian Trinity and his distortions of… 1,891 more words

Capitalist Ideology

Hegel the consummate Neoplatonist 11d

11.3.9 Core Neoplatonic metaphors Hegel used Emanation and return (including elevation and introversion)

The metaphor of an outgoing stream of consciousness and its return to unity underlies Hegel’s philosophy and he illustrated this with further metaphors in his discussion of it… 954 more words


Behold your Music: Harmonic Sorrow in Tolkien's Ainulindale

In The Fundamentals of Music, the late Roman author Boethius imparted to the Middle Ages a Neoplatonic theory of music that held there to be three kinds of harmony: the harmony of the spheres, the harmony of instruments, and the harmony of human living. 1,805 more words

J.R.R. Tolkien

Like the Days of the Tree: The Other Voice of Allegory in Tolkien's Artistic Reflections

So for all of you paying attention to my blog (in other words, for an open letter to myself), you will have noticed that, after finishing  1,631 more words

J.R.R. Tolkien

Marx acknowledges his debt to mysticism - and its potential

‘I therefore openly avowed myself the pupil of that mighty thinker…The mystification which the dialectic suffers in Hegel’s hands by no means prevents him from being the first to present its general forms of motion in a comprehensive and conscious manner. 143 more words


Tulika’s comment and my reply


I think I have been lucky to have, overall, had a good brand of Christianity passed on to me. I have come across people in their 30s, 40s and 50s who grew up in very unwholesome environments (Catholic or Protestant) and are very much haunted by memories – you cannot blame them. 688 more words