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Author MacDonald, Paul S., 1951- author.

Title History of the concept of mind. Volume 2, The heterodox and occult tradition / Paul S. MacDonald
Edition First edition
Published London : Routledge, 2019
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Contents Introduction: The Heterodox Tradition in Western Philosophy Chapter 1 Ideas About Human Nature in the Ancient Near East Chapter 2 The Ancient and Medieval Horizon of the Shamanic Soul Chapter 3 Secret Teachings about the Soul in the Post-Classical World Chapter 4 Byzantine Doctrines of Mind, Soul and Spirit Chapter 5 Christian Mystical Ideas About the Soul's Ascent Chapter 6 Magical Ideas about the Soul from Isidore to Goethe, Chapter 7 Plurality of Dualisms and Duality of Life
Summary Exploring the 'roads less travelled', MacDonald continues his monumental essay in the history of ideas. The history of heterodox ideas about the concept of mind takes the reader from the earliest records about human nature in Ancient Egypt, the Ancient Near East, and the Zoroastrian religion, through the secret teachings in the Hermetic and Gnostic scriptures, and into the transformation of ideas about the mind, soul and spirit in the late antique and early medieval epochs. These transitions include discussion of the influence of Central Asian shamanism, Manichean ideas about the soul in light and darkness, and Neoplatonic theurgy, 'working-on-god-within'. Sections on the medieval period are concerned with the rediscovery of magical practices and occult doctrines from Roger Bacon to Francis Bacon, the adaptation of Neoplatonic and esoteric ideas in the medieval Christian mystics, and the survival of these ideas mixed with natural science in the works of von Helmont, Leibniz and Goethe. The book concludes with an investigation of the many forms of dualism in accounts of the human mind and soul, and the concept of dual-life which underpins our aspiration to understand how humans could have an immortal nature like the gods
Talks about the history of heterodox ideas about the concept of mind. This book concludes with an investigation of the many forms of dualism in accounts of the human mind and soul, and the concept of dual-life which underpins our aspiration to understand how humans could have an immortal nature like the gods
Notes Paul S. MacDonald is Lecturer in Philosophy at Murdoch University, Australia
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Subject Mind and body.
Philosophy of mind -- History.
Mind and body.
PHILOSOPHY / General
PHILOSOPHY / Mind & Body
Philosophy of mind.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
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