Transformations of Mind: Philosophy as Spiritual Practice

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 28, 2000 - Religion - 293 pages
The book offers a conception of philosophy as a form of self-enquiry which begins not in reflection, but in silence and meditation, conceived as conditions for the emergence and cessation of contending states of mind which influence perception and action. The philosopher thus becomes a kind of cartographer of a shifting interior landscape. This underlying perspective explains the personal nature of the writing and its mixing of genres. The book draws on both the Greek and Buddhist traditions, recognising that it is time for Western thinkers to acknowledge and respond to an intercultural canon. It aims to integrate ethics and a non-theistic philosophy of religion through the medium of aesthetics, mapping Buddhist 'mindfulness' and the Greek virtues and vices of temperance and licentiousness, continence and incontinence, onto an account of the development of moral sentiments and their relation to practical judgement in the context of oppressive political and social realities.

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Contents

A philosophy that is not a philosophy
8
Contrary states
26
you hear the grating roar
39
The energy for war
63
The division of the soul
72
Wandering between two worlds
92
Kants aesthetic ideas
101
And his rational ones
116
Theism nontheism and Haldanes Fork
149
Erotic reformations
171
A language of grasping and nongrasping
200
sinne like clouds ecdipsd my mind
230
Concentration continence and arousal
256
Uneasily he retraces his steps
271
References
287
Index
290

Arnolds recast religion
132

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