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The Transcendental Philosophy of Franklin Merrell-Wolff
The Transcendental Philosophy of Franklin Merrell-Wolff
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Ron Leonard - Author
SUNY series in Western Esoteric Traditions
Price: $58.50 
Hardcover - 389 pages
Release Date: July 1999
ISBN10: 0-7914-4215-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4215-9

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Paperback - 389 pages
Release Date: July 1999
ISBN10: 0-7914-4216-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4216-6

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This book provides a critical exposition of the philosophy of Franklin Merrell-Wolff, a twentieth-century mystic and philosopher--an exceedingly rare and fruitful combination. Wolff's training in philosophy and science convinced him that it was important to ground his thought in immediate awareness to avoid the pitfalls of mere intellectual speculation. As a mystic, he included firsthand accounts of his experiences and transformations, the sort of invaluable primary data that is most often lacking in a mystic's writings.

Ron Leonard discusses Wolff's influences and realizations and uses phenomenological and analytic methods to explore the implications of his work within the contemporary philosophical context. In particular, Leonard focuses on Wolff's two primary claims: (1) that Consciousness, transcending the subject-object structure, is primary, and (2) that there is in mystical experience a means of knowing other than sensation and conception. This book explores the accounts of Wolff's grounding in the immediacy of his Realizations, and the nature and philosophical significance of mysticism for our understanding of knowledge, reality, and ourselves.

"Ron Leonard does an outstanding job of explicating the philosophy of Wolff, as well as bringing this philosophy to bear on central issues in the study of mysticism. He also does an excellent job of weaving contemporary philosophical programs--such as phenomenology, theories of the self, egological/nonegological theories of consciousness, and the religious use of language into his analysis." -- Robert A. Holland, Hofstra University

"I like the author's ability to express Wolff's mystical experiences and the philosophy following these experiences clearly and his ability to integrate these experiences into a coherent philosophical system. Leonard's ability to analyze Wolff's use of pure mathematics in his transcendental experiences is admirable." -- Joan Price, Mesa Community College

Ron Leonard teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. A Unique Philosopher

Wolff's Philosophical Significance
Synopsis

2. Franklin Wolff: Life and Influences

Overview
Biography
Theosophy
Pythagoras
Immanuel Kant
Samkara
Minor Influences
Summary

3. Realization

The Nature of Mystical Realization
Description and Interpretation
I Am Atman
I Am Nirvana
Substantiality is Inversely Proportional to Ponderability
I Am THAT
The High Indifference
Permanent Result of the Five Realizations
Philosophical Implications

4. Mysticism and Philosophy

Mysticism
Philosophy

5. Mystical Language

Ineffability
Strategies of Expression
Symbolic Language
Genres of Wolff's Formulation
Critical Evaluation

6. Transcendence of the Self

Foundations of Wolff's Philosophy
Phenomenology
Consciousness
Self
Subject and Object

7. Primacy of Consciousness

Primordial Consciousness
Origin and Nature of Ego
Phenomenology of Mysticism
Metaphysical Implications

8. The Noetic Thesis

Mysticism and Noesis
Introception
Knowledge-through-Identity
Kant and Samkara
Authority of Realization
Conclusion

9. Introceptualism

Wolff's Philosophical Legacy
Oroboros

Notes

Selected Sources

Index



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