Mystics of the Renaissance and Their Relation to Modern Thought

Mystics of the Renaissance and Their Relation to Modern Thought

by Rudolf Steiner
     
 

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There are certain magical formula which operate throughout the centuries of Man's mental history in ever new ways. In the following expositions, I speak about the Mystics, from Master Eckhart to Angelus Silesius, with a full measure of devotion and acquiescence. "Contradictions," which one critic or another may further count up against me, I shall not mention at all.

Overview

There are certain magical formula which operate throughout the centuries of Man's mental history in ever new ways. In the following expositions, I speak about the Mystics, from Master Eckhart to Angelus Silesius, with a full measure of devotion and acquiescence. "Contradictions," which one critic or another may further count up against me, I shall not mention at all. It does not surprise me to be condemned from one side as a "Mystic" and from the other as a "Materialist." When I find that the Jesuit Father Miiller has solved a difficult chemical problem, and I therefore in this particular matter agree with him unreservedly, one can hardly condemn me as an adherent of Jesuitism without being reckoned a fool by those who have insight.

I hope to have shown in this book that one may be a faithful adherent of the scientific conception of the world and yet be able to seek out those paths to the Soul along which Mysticism, rightly understood, leads. I even go further and say: Only he who knows the Spirit, in the sense of true Mysticism, can attain a full understanding of the facts of Nature. But one must not confuse true Mysticism with the ''pseudo-mysticism" of ill-ordered minds.

This book takes on the following subject areas in an effort to link Renaissance mysticism with modern thought and theory:

Introduction
Meister Eckhart
Friendship with God: Tauler, Suso, and Ruysbroeck
Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa
Agrippa von Nettesheim and Theophrastus Paracelsus
Valentine Weigel and Jacob Boehme
Giordano Bruno and Angelus Silesius
Afterword

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015895827
Publisher:
Balefire Publishing
Publication date:
10/29/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
290
File size:
15 MB
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Meet the Author

Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner (February 1861 – 30 March 1925) was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, and esotericist. Steiner gained initial recognition as a literary critic and cultural philosopher. At the beginning of the 20th century, he founded a spiritual movement, Anthroposophy, as an esoteric philosophy growing out of idealist philosophy and with links to Theosophy.

Steiner led this movement through several phases. In the first, more philosophically oriented phase, Steiner attempted to find a synthesis between science and mysticism; his philosophical work of these years, which he termed spiritual science, sought to provide a connection between the cognitive path of Western philosophy and the inner and spiritual needs of the human being. In a second phase, beginning around 1907, he began working collaboratively in a variety of artistic media, including drama, the movement arts (developing a new artistic form, eurythmy) and architecture, culminating in the building of the Goetheanum, a cultural centre to house all the arts. In the third phase of his work, beginning after World War One, Steiner worked to establish various practical endeavors, including Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture, and anthroposophical medicine.

Steiner advocated a form of ethical individualism, to which he later brought a more explicitly spiritual component. He based his epistemology on Johann Wolfgang Goethe's world view, in which “Thinking … is no more and no less an organ of perception than the eye or ear. Just as the eye perceives colours and the ear sounds, so thinking perceives ideas.” A consistent thread that runs from his earliest philosophical phase through his later spiritual orientation is the goal of demonstrating that there are no essential limits to human knowledge.

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