- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (25 April 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140195904
- ISBN-13: 978-0140195903
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,203,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Philosophers' Secret Fire: A History of the Human Imagination Paperback – 25 Apr 2002
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Patrick Harpur has written two novels and edited a modern alchemical journal. He is the author of DAIMONIC REALITY [Viking/Arkana]. He lives in Dorset.
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While _Daemonic Reality_ emphasized the modern phenomena that seem to represent "break-outs" from the otherworld (UFO's, crypto-zoological species, Marian apparitions, angels, etc.), this volume goes into more historical and philosophical depth. It is a roundabout approach, but then it almost has to be for such a complex and unusual subject. Modern language and mindsets are simply inadequate for the purpose. Indeed, the book appropriately mirrors a hermetic labyrinth in its approach.
Yet debunking the hyper-rational and ultra-materialistic world of modern scientism isn't the foremost objective here. The author is primarily trying to give us some sense of the mind-set of traditional man, of a supernatural world that existed in close communion with the natural world and human society. Our western religious and scientific tradition has driven a wedge between us and both nature and heaven. This is an alien and unbalanced state for a person, or a society. This seems to be why the old immortal daemons periodically break through the veil into our false, shallow, consensus reality. They are trying to awaken us.
Yes, we are truly initiated by what we cannot control....
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