Scientology & Philosophy: An Experiential Overview

Scientology & Philosophy: An Experiential Overview

by Jason Horvatic

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Overview

Scientology is a subject few have not now heard of. Proposed as a religion, it receives regular public beatings for its reported zealotry, particularly amongst its inner acolytes. Stories of personal struggle, financial hardship and familial turmoil are abundant, and in the public eye the subject as a whole seems largely tainted.

Yet through all the sorrow and joy that is the lot of any religion, it remains true that undergirding the belief structure almost always lies pure philosophy. In other words, philosophy is—amongst other things—the predecessor to religion.

Stifled underneath the often emotionally-charged conversation surrounding Scientology, its basic philosophical postulations have been kept largely out of the limelight. Often caricatured away from their original accentuations—on the order of “Christians primarily believe that Moses literally parted the Red Sea”—the philosophical roots of Scientology lay wide-open for inquiry, unshackled from religious adulation in their original form.

Scientology & Philosophy: An Experiential Overview treats the philosophy of Scientology within the context of wider philosophical discussion, shedding light—in a balanced manner—on what the everyday Scientologist philosophically holds dear.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648728627
Publisher: Jason Horvatic
Publication date: 12/10/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 225
File size: 645 KB

About the Author

Jason Horvatic was raised a second-generation Scientologist. Educated in both Scientology and secular schools, he has worked for the Church of Scientology on multiple occasions, whilst also pursuing an eclectic secular life. His passions are philosophy (both religious and secular) and music, which he finds hard to keep away from.

Table of Contents

Preface i
Introduction 1

PART I: PHILOSOPHY
Patterns of Thought 9
On Emotion 19
Life & The Universe 29
Death, Immortality & God 51
Logic & Truth 61
Ethics & Aesthetics 71
Politics & Economics 85

PART II: CONTRIBUTION
Introduction 95
Experiences 101
Critiques of the Lived Philosophy 123
Critiques of Criticisms 135
Plateaued Conclusions 139
Epilogue 151

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