Roots of Western Mysticism

Week 2

READING: Parmenides, On Nature, Plato, Phaedrus excerpt, Cave Allegory; Plotinus, Enneads: On Beauty (html, pdf), On The Good or the One (html, pdf)

Mystical Traditions (pdf)

Early Stirrings of Mystical Thought in the West

 

Jewish Roots of Mysticism

Mysticism at the Birth of Christianity

Neo-Platonism

Plotinus and the Sacred Nature of Beauty