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Author Marvell, Leon.

Title Transfigured light : philosophy, cybernetics and the hermetic imaginary / Leon Marvell
Published Bethesda : Academica Press, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 311 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction: ideal objects and their forebears -- Ideal objects or history in four dimensions -- Ioan P. Couliano -- Continuity-deformation -- Oswald Spengler -- Expanding history : Le Goff, and the paradigm shift -- Hermeticism and the postmodern -- Yates and Kuhn -- A postmodern science -- Figuration and the imaginary -- W.G. Leibniz, Robert Fludd and the metaphysics of light -- Spirit of the beehive : hermetic resonances in cybernetics, AI & cyberspace -- Esoteric machines -- Rarefaction of the imaginary -- The singularity and big numbers -- Virtual mind -- The intelligential and the actual -- Vortices of the hermetic imaginary -- Hour of the swarm -- Hoffmeyer -- Hermetic bio-semiosis -- Bateson -- Serres -- Hermetic informatics -- Negentropy and the intelligential world -- Conclusion -- Body doubles -- Vertigral architectonics : an introduction -- The vertigral index of the subtle body -- Origins of the pneumatic economy -- The subtle body as psychonaut -- A challenge to Cartesian corporeality -- Corporeality and semiosis -- Tantric luciform corporeity -- The celestial nervous system -- Conclusion -- Metaphysical geometry, alien attractors and the shape of the world soul -- The progressivist account of philosophy -- The eclipse of the phantasmic -- The infinite circle -- Hieratic space -- The shape of the anima mundi -- Arbor vitae -- The seven catastrophes of the world -- Conclusion -- The gnostic alchemy of Robert Fludd -- The radiation economy -- Imaginal logic of an ideal object : matter and light -- The philosophical hyle and the metaphysics of light -- Rays and lights : the gnostic alchemy of Truth's golden harrow -- Origins of Fludd's radiation economy -- Hypostaseis of Christ -- Baptismal irradiation -- Neo-mikrokosmos -- Rays and vibrations -- Conclusion -- The gnostic Leibniz, or What is it like to be an atom? -- Leibniz and his times -- Leibniz and alchemy -- Monads and the alien light -- Kabbalistic monads -- Knorr von Rosenroth -- What shape is a monad? -- Kabbalistic canalisation -- Pneumatic fields -- Conclusion
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-298) and index
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Subject Hermetism.
Form Electronic book