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by ScottRoberts
Wed Nov 24, 2021 1:02 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Phenomenological idealism: definitions of common terms
Replies: 152
Views: 1488

Re: Phenomenological idealism: definitions of common terms

findingblanks wrote: Tue Nov 23, 2021 4:40 pm Yeah, exactly. I was merely pointing out that if Scott was suggesting that Steiner wanted his core philosophical texts not to be read as epistemology, this would be off.
Yes, which is why I didn't suggest it.
by ScottRoberts
Wed Nov 24, 2021 12:55 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Criticism
Replies: 796
Views: 7015

Re: Criticism

I have reservations about Jasper’s theory of Axial Age, but for here I’m limiting my discussion to the Greeks from Homer to Socrates, which is in that time frame. All we know of the Greeks of that time is from the fragments of poems and philosophy and can make no conclusions about how the general p...
by ScottRoberts
Tue Nov 23, 2021 3:37 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Criticism
Replies: 796
Views: 7015

Re: Criticism

From the above, I would take exception to your claim that these Pre-Socratic Greeks were naive Idealists. This would not be possible until Socrates. Homer’s gods were physical, not transcendent, beings of elemental power, living atop Mt. Olympus. Dionysus was a physical power inherent in music and ...
by ScottRoberts
Mon Nov 22, 2021 4:43 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Phenomenological idealism: definitions of common terms
Replies: 152
Views: 1488

Re: Phenomenological idealism: definitions of common terms

Re: Imagination, I still need to figure it out, will read PoF about it. PoF doesn't get into Imagination (or the higher rungs, Inspiration and Intuition). For that you'll want his Outline of Occult Science , also available at rsarchive.org. Scott, I assume you know the PoF well, and I get that the ...
by ScottRoberts
Mon Nov 22, 2021 4:26 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Phenomenological idealism: definitions of common terms
Replies: 152
Views: 1488

Re: Phenomenological idealism: definitions of common terms

But I'm actually thinking about a synthetic kind of idealism combining both into one whole. This is why I got interested in studying the PoF. Nothing would prevent us from assuming that the reality is both Absolute Awareness and Absolute Idea, with Awareness being one aspect of reality (formless) a...
by ScottRoberts
Mon Nov 22, 2021 3:02 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Phenomenological idealism: definitions of common terms
Replies: 152
Views: 1488

Re: Phenomenological idealism: definitions of common terms

I’m studying this paper that is basically commentaries on PoF epistemology. Very interesting and revealing. There is a lot there, I will only emphasize the relevant points. I’ll be posing a series of posts on the subject. Step 1.Thinking and Reality. ... A couple of comments: I want to make sure yo...
by ScottRoberts
Sun Nov 21, 2021 3:45 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Phenomenological idealism: definitions of common terms
Replies: 152
Views: 1488

Re: Phenomenological idealism: definitions of common terms

Cleric, I understand what you are saying. Indeed, the ability of consciousness to cognate and experience meanings is amazing an mysterious and allows for the rich and interconnected universe of meanings to exist in consciousness. However, in philosophical terms phenomenology does not study the mean...
by ScottRoberts
Thu Nov 18, 2021 11:18 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Criticism
Replies: 796
Views: 7015

Re: Criticism

Appearances can be deceiving which, with some thought, can be corrected, for example, the sun appearing to revolve around the earth. For us (most of us), some energy appears to us as having no conscious aspect. But this was not necessarily always the case. As consciousness evolves, so do appearance...
by ScottRoberts
Thu Nov 18, 2021 1:57 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Criticism
Replies: 796
Views: 7015

Re: Criticism

Non-metaphysical thought holds fast to what is experienced in the physical world. In our experience we encounter energy with no signs of consciousness, and we experience consciousness which is grounded in energy. That in itself reveals consciousness to be reducible to energy, and thus physical. ......
by ScottRoberts
Wed Nov 17, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Criticism
Replies: 796
Views: 7015

Re: Criticism

No, we wouldn’t need to show that, just that energy is a necessary condition for consciousness, which shows energy to be more fundamental. There can be energy with no consciousness, but no consciousness without energy. How is this not a metaphysical claim, given that there is the possibility that a...