Platonic Mysticism

Contemplative Science, Philosophy, Literature, and Art

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Arthur Versluis
SUNY Series in Western Esoteric Traditions
  • Albany, NY: 
    State University of New York Press
    , September
     2017.
     172 pages.
     $80.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9781438466330.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

Restores the Platonic history and context of mysticism and shows how it helps us understand more deeply the humanities as a whole, from philosophy and literature to art.

In Platonic Mysticism, Arthur Versluisclearly and tautly argues that mysticism must be properly understood as belonging to the great tradition of Platonism. He demonstrates how mysticism was historically understood in Western philosophical and religious traditions and emphatically rejects externalist approaches to esoteric religion. Instead he develops a new theoretical-critical model for understanding mystical literature and the humanities as a whole, from philosophy and literature to art. A sequel to his Restoring Paradise, this is an audacious book that places Platonic mysticism in the context of contemporary cognitive and other approaches to the study of religion, and presents an emerging model for the new field of contemplative science.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Arthur Versluis is professor and chair in the department of religious studies at Michigan State University. He is the author of Restoring Paradise: Western Esotericism, Literature, Art, and Consciousness and Wisdom’s Children: A Christian Esoteric Tradition, both also published by SUNY Press.

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