Episode 15: Classical Contemplation

March 04, 2021 01:16:22
Episode 15: Classical Contemplation
Latter-day Contemplation
Episode 15: Classical Contemplation

Mar 04 2021 | 01:16:22

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Riley Risto

Show Notes

Riley and Christopher and guest, Travis Patten, go all the way back to Classical Antiquity to explore contemplation from the incubation practices of Presocratic philosophers Parmenides and Empedocles—something like today’s sensory deprivation tanks—to the influence of the Late Antique philosopher Plotinus on the mystical traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Plotinus’s invitation is to “withdraw into yourself and look” to see that “we are not separated from spirit, we are in it” since “to set oneself above intellect,” rather, “ is immediately to fall outside it.”

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