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By Peter Chong-Beng Gan

This booklet represents a learn of Evelyn Underhill’s leading paintings on mysticism, utilizing Hegel’s dialectics and Kant’s thought of the chic as interpretive instruments. It particularly specializes in trendy beneficial properties of Underhill’s textual content: the outline of the magical lifestyles as one permeated via an excessive love among the mystic and countless truth, and the designated delineation of levels of mystical improvement. Given those beneficial properties, the textual content lends itself to a building of a priceless discourse predicated on dialecticism, sublimity, and mysticism. The booklet additionally articulates a couple of insights into the content material and nature of the writings of Christian mystics.

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41), “implies that things and beings merely realize a programme previously arranged”. Radical finalism, to an extent, harbours the principle of mechanicism. Its underlying premise is that if we were to take the universe as a whole system, then from the conception of the universe to its terminal point, a continuous progression of determined and connected events unfolds to fulfil a preestablished plan. Vitalism, on the other hand, rejects both radical finalism and mechanicism. There is no definitive proof defending vitalism’s contention of the existence of creative vital impulses that sidestep the deterministic flow of events.

Putting aside the problems associated with Hegel’s deduction of becoming from pure being, the fundamental operation of the mediating dialectic can still be said to sustain a process of mystical development in which being overlaps with and surpasses becoming. It might be contended that it is artificial to delineate being as the consolidated substantive of its formative process of becoming. Moreover, we recall Bergson’s assertion that the flow of consciousness is not a discontinuous succession of one discrete state of consciousness to the next but a co-mingling of qualitatively different elements of consciousness.

It is this difference that forms the transcendence of being concealed within the dialectical development of being1–becoming–being2. 4 Being and Becoming and the Mediating Dialectic In the context of mysticism and the explorations generated by some ideas in M, the preceding sections argued for specific ways of conceiving being and becoming. First, Bergson’s thesis on vitalism postulates the existence of transcendent realities within a realm constantly in flux. Second, being and becoming are dialectically related to one another in which being is immanent in and transcendent to becoming.

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