The Philosophy of Mysticism Volume 1

The Philosophy of Mysticism Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...of the sun is only the condition, not the cause, of the shining of the stars'. '"" Schopenhauer: ' Ueber Geistersehen.' It is the more necessary to keep in view this distinction between cause and condition, because the ordinary sleep also is not the cause, 'but merely the condition of the inner waking which shows itself as dream. The internal feelings which give occasion to our dream-images are present in waking also, but remain below the threshold. So, perhaps, the visions of somnambules are not newly produced, but only cross the threshold, and if the displacement of this is defective and wavering, then--as frequently happens--these visions are so also. If, finally, deep sleep is not the physical cause, but only the occasion of the inner waking, that disposes of the chief objection urged by scepticism against artificial somnambulism, that it is naturally inconceivable how magnetic passes 'can make anyone clairvoyant. Schopenhauer's teleological propter hoe, according to which consciousness is pressed into the service of the blind curative force of Nature, may thus be changed into a mere cum hoc, the transcendental consciousness manifesting itself when, but not because, the sensuous consciousness is suppressed. Moreover, for the present purpose, it is quite indifferent Which of the two opinions the reader will adopt; what is here to be proved being merely the existence of the transcendental Subject, and for that it does not much signify whether deep sleep is the cause or only the occasion of its introduction. For the physician, on the contrary, this distinction is very important. For it appears that our physicians explain absolutely nothing at bottom, when they curtly put aside somnambulism as...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123680807X
  • 9781236808073