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Lecture 4

HIST 2C Lecture 4: Mystics

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University of California - Los Angeles
Ruiz Teo

LECTURE 4 Discussion 2 perception of reality in the medieval period “Ceci n’est pas une pipe.” - Magritte “This is not a pipe” ~ an image / a representation (not something that is the real thing itself) “There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism” - Benjamin - are perceptions/images culturally relative? - how to define culture and analyze it? “I take culture to be those webs, and the analysis of it to be therefore a scientific process” - Clifford Geertz - Thick description: “an interworked systems of construable signs (what, ignoring provincial usages, I would call symbols), culture is not a power, something to which social events, be- haviors, institutions, or processes can be causally attributed; it is a context, something within which they can be intelligibly-that is, thickly-described.” 21 - how do you know what a chair is? - experience (you’ve seen a chair, you’ve used it, etc.) - question a cause / effect relationship to explain people’s actions - attributing the mystic experience to the outside instead of looking inside - question of description - Geertz: does not want to depend on causal attributions What is mysticism? - epiphany - prior belief - individual experience - “Mysticism is the direct intuition or experience of god, and a mystic is a person who has, to a greater or less degree, such a direct experience - one whose religion and life are centered, not merely on an accepted belief or practice, but on that which he re- gard as first hand personal experience” - Underhill pg 24-25 - direct experience, no on mediating it - a mystic dangerous for the church (?) ~ a relationship with god which no longer re- quires the church to tell you what and how to believe How do we know what reality is? - Platonism: mind ~ closer to mysticism (way of knowing god without knowing all these theories about god) - St. Augustine: church father (the only way you can know god is through love and personal experience) - truth is not outside but inside you (god is an experience within the mind) - real world (illusion) vs. ideas (true knowledge you have) - allegory of the cave: when you’re in the world, you are inside the cave and you do not know that there is actually sun/light/etc. outside ~ the mystic experience is stepping outside of the cave (the real world is a cave, true in the form you see it, but an illusion as you have not yet accessed what is real) ~ you have to move out of this world, but you have to come back as well (to narrate that to everybody else) - Aristotelianism / Scholasticism: 5 senses & sense perception ~ primary doctrine of the church from the 12th century onwards 22 - Thomas of Aquinas: church doctor known for his famous work: “Summa Theo- logical” (most elaborate explanation of the christian doctrine and the christian god) - defines god as “being” (exists, is the ultimate being, but we do not know what he looks like, what his qualities are, etc.) - something totally inaccessible (mysticism is an experience in which god is in- accessible in an accessible world) - even though Aristotelian, he says that mysticism is beyond the sense percep- tion (something that you cannot explain) - mysticism is questioning this doctrine by claiming to see god, something that is not sensible and tangible - Skepticism: they have their own opinion and don’t agree with
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