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19 Nov
1: In connection w #WorldPhilosophyDay, thought I'd share some notes on how the word "philosophy" has a history. The way we use it now was mainly inaugurated by Plato, largely as a creatively transformative enterprise, and then Aristotle, as largely a matter of logic & analysis.
2: Prior to them it was used somewhat loosely in connection with things like reading books (historically a new resource), speaking wittily, displaying curiosity, and/or being practiced in debates.
3/3: Scholar Livio Rossetti suggests the prolific production of writings by Aristotle's school contributed to shaping that school's use of the word from that point on.
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7 Oct
1/5

As Lisa notes in her essay, the word "mystic" is fairly recent. I offer a discussion of the related words, "mysticism" and "mystical" in a book I'm currently writing (addressed to my young adult daughter, who doesn't consider herself religious). Image
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... and as a slightly more technical footnote for the above: Image
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20 Feb
1/5` This piece shares useful historical and biographical information, especially for Aldous Huxley, and, importantly, it gives some attention to *practices* and *experiences.* However...
2` As a longtime student of contemplative practices, I'm too aware of the modern Western emphasis on "philosophy," "beliefs," "ideas," and "theories," and an implicit equation between "religions" and (conflicting) metaphysical notions.
3` Steven Katz' insistence that diff contemplative traditions are incompatible since "they are rooted in differences of language" is inadequate. Many contemplative experiences are quite literally too simple for words, so their resultant language is not a fitting comparison point.
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5 Feb
1/18) As I said in a reply here to Nate earlier today, there are ways I feel this is very much *the* question for us and our lives
2) He was asking it in connection with this interchange:
3) Sometimes when I'm leading a mediation group, I’ll say, “There’s a miracle going on, there really is, and it’s everything.” To that I’ll often add something like, “And whatever you do, don’t take my word for it — go look.”
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6 Feb 19
1/10* I don't know Carse's work well, but I find it odd he can say here "religion is poetry," but then go on to say religions are "absolutely" totally different from each other. One would imagine it possible for different poetic expressions to voice similar and same realizations.
2* From a book I'm writing on cross-cultural parallels in contemplative (meditative) practices, addressed as a letter of love to my young adult daughter, who understands herself to be atheist:
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17 Jan 19
1|Regarding "perennial wisdom" I personally find we're best served looking at the actual experiential practices the world's contemplatives engage in. And while there are many & great variety, it's not hard to find persons across cultures & centuries doing very similar techniques.
2| And those contemplative techniques are typically exercises in paying attention. They're an embodiment of honesty, & they include looking at how we look at & see things. In the end, they involve a kind of open-mindedness that's quite literally too simple & immediate for words.
3| Our words come later; our words are effectively artistic gestures towards something too original for ordinary, habitual language. I'm fond of saying, "If you take religious language literally, you're not taking it seriously enough."
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