Lost Knowledge of the Imagination

Author: Gary Lachman

Publisher: Floris Books

ISBN: 1782504575

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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The ability to imagine is at the heart of what makes us human. Through our imagination we experience more fully the world both around us and within us. Imagination plays a key role in creativity and innovation. Until the seventeenth century, the human imagination was celebrated. Since then, with the emergence of science as the dominant worldview, imagination has been marginalised -- depicted as a way of escaping reality, rather than knowing it more profoundly -- and its significance to our humanity has been downplayed. Yet as we move further into the strange new dimensions of the twenty-first century, the need to regain this lost knowledge seems more necessary than ever before. This insightful and inspiring book argues that, for the sake of our future in the world, we must reclaim the ability to imagine and redress the balance of influence between imagination and science. Through the work of Owen Barfield, Goethe, Henry Corbin, Kathleen Raine, and others, and ranging from the teachings of ancient mystics to the latest developments in neuroscience, The Lost Knowledge of the Imagination draws us back to a philosophy and tradition that restores imagination to its rightful place, essential to our knowing reality to the full, and to our very humanity itself.

The Miracle of Death

There Is Nothing But Life

Author: Betty J. Kovács

Publisher: The Kamlak Center

ISBN: 9780972100533

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 216

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"In this ... narrative, Betty Kovács shares precognitive dreams, visions and synchronistic events surrounding death that opened her family to multiple levels of reality, the interconnectedness of all life, and the evidence all around us that a planetary shift in consciousness is underway."--Back cover.

Athanasius Kircher

A Renaissance Man and the Quest for Lost Knowledge

Author: Joscelyn Godwin

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 9780500810224

Category: Germany

Page: 96

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Athanasius Kircher (1602 - 80) stand out as one of the last all-encompassing minds. For this true Renaissance man, the whole world was a glorious appearance of God waiting to be explored. Kircher was a Jesuit and an archeologist, a phenomenal linguist and an avid collector of scientific instruments. He deciphered archaic languages, experimented with alchemy and music therapy, optics and magnetism. Egyptian mystery wisdom, Greek, Cabbalistic and Christian philosophy met on common ground in his work. Kircher's sumptuous volumes were revered throughout Europe, and his gigantic oeuvre is represented here through striking engravings - most of them reprinted for the first time - together with annotations and an introduction to Kircher's life and work.

Shores of Knowledge: New World Discoveries and the Scientific Imagination

Author: Joyce Appleby

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393241521

Category: History

Page: 288

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"Uncommonly good…makes a compelling case that…intellectual curiosity not only changed Europe, but launched modernity." —Cleveland Plain Dealer When Columbus first returned to Spain from the Caribbean, he dazzled King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella with exotic parrots, tropical flowers, and bits of gold. Inspired by the promise of riches, countless seafarers poured out of the Iberian Peninsula and wider Europe in search of spices, treasure, and land. Many returned with strange tales of the New World. Curiosity began to percolate through Europe as the New World’s people, animals, and plants ruptured prior assumptions about the biblical description of creation. The Church, long fearful of challenges to its authority, could no longer suppress the mantra “Dare to know!” Noblemen began collecting cabinets of curiosities; soon others went from collecting to examining natural objects with fresh eyes. Observation led to experiments; competing conclusions triggered debates. The foundations for the natural sciences were laid as questions became more multifaceted and answers became more complex. Carl Linneaus developed a classification system and sent students around the globe looking for specimens. Museums, botanical gardens, and philosophical societies turned their attention to nature. National governments undertook explorations of the Pacific. Eminent historian Joyce Appleby vividly recounts the explorers’ triumphs and mishaps, including Magellan’s violent death in the Philippines; the miserable trek of the "new Argonauts" across the Andes on their mission to determine the true shape of the earth; and how two brilliant scientists, Alexander Humboldt and Charles Darwin, traveled to the Americas for evidence to confirm their hypotheses about the earth and its inhabitants. Drawing on detailed eyewitness accounts, Appleby also tells of the turmoil created in the all societies touched by the explorations. This sweeping, global story imbues the Age of Discovery with fresh meaning, elegantly charting its stimulation of the natural sciences, which ultimately propelled Western Europe toward modernity.

The Lost Soul of American Politics

Virtue, Self-Interest, and the Foundations of Liberalism

Author: John P. Diggins

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226148779

Category: History

Page: 409

View: 1348


Traces the history of American political thought, and argues that the neo-conservatives have lost sight of the moral foundations of the country

Imagination Drift

A Prince for Three Days

Author: Subhas

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 146023443X

Category: Fiction

Page: 296

View: 2372


A wish granted to Malcolm by an animal spirit transforms and transports him from the animal world to the world of ‘people’. In a delightful and satiric tale Malcolm is acknowledged as a prince and receives the adoration from the King of Ru but the prince is perceived as a danger to the motives of the administrators who wish to eliminate him as a contender to the throne of the Kingdom. Prince Malcolm’s first visit as a ‘people’ is one of survival from the plots to kill him; the second visit is consumed with ‘challenges’ to win the crown of the kingdom and the third visit embroils the prince in the struggle for the power to rule the kingdom; however, Malcolm meets an untimely end and the intent of the wish is unfulfilled.

Living Forms of the Imagination

Author: Douglas Hedley

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567032957

Category: Religion

Page: 308

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Explores the necessity of enabling the imagination to prevail as part of an anti-reductionist approach, to philosophical theology, if we are to engage with God's action in the world.

The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross

Author: St John of the Cross

Publisher: ICS Publications

ISBN: 0935216936

Category: Religion

Page: 814

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This revised edition of The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross was produced to mark the fourth centenary of the death of St. John of the Cross (1542–1591). The result is an English translation of his writings that preserves the authentic meaning of the great mystic’s writings, presents them as clearly as possible, and at the same time gives the reader the doctrinal and historical information that will lead to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the teachings of the Mystical Doctor. Included in The Collected Works are St. John’s poetry, The Ascent of Mount Carmel, The Dark Night, The Spiritual Canticle, and The Living Flame of Love, as well as his extant letters and other counsels. More Information: Complementing St. John’s writings are a comprehensive General Introduction for the entire work, as well as brief, enlightening introductions for each specific work, explaining theme and structure. These are enhanced by new and expanded footnotes and a glossary of terms. About the Translators Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D. Father Kieran, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, made his profession as a Discalced Carmelite in 1947. He has held several important positions within the order, including prior, formation director, and provincial councilor. A founding member of the Institute of Carmelite Studies, he subsequently served as its chair, as well as publisher of ICS Publications. Father Kieran’s major contributions in the field of Carmelite studies are his translations from the Spanish of the works of St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross, in collaboration with Father Otilio Rodriguez. He also was the English translator of God Speaks in the Night: The Life, Times and Teaching of St. John of the Cross, a pictorial biography of St. John of the Cross commemorating the 400th anniversary of his death, published in several languages. In addition to translations, Father Kieran is also the author of two ICS Publications’ study editions of the works of St. Teresa, and has written several other books on St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross. Father Kieran has lectured and written widely on the teaching of both of these Carmelite saints. He is a member of the Discalced Carmelite community in Washington, D.C. Otilio Rodriguez, O.C.D. Father Otilio was born in Mantinos, Palencia, Spain, and was a Carmelite for more than fifty years. He was provincial of the Burgos province several times and also served as rector of the Discalced Carmelites’ international pontifical theological faculty, the Teresianum, in Rome. Father Otilio was one of the founders of the Institutum Historicum Teresianum and was a member of the Institute of Carmelite Studies. Both internationally and throughout the United States he gave retreats and lectures on Carmelite history and spirituality and wrote extensively on Carmelite subjects. Father Otilio died in Rome in 1994.

The Lost Letters of Pergamum

A Story from the New Testament World

Author: Bruce W. Longenecker,Ben Witherington

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 0801026075

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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Fascinating novel of a Roman citizen's spiritual transformation gives a reliable glimpse into the world of the New Testament and the early church.