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2012: en historisk tilnærming til moderne apokalyptisk mytologi

august 6, 2008

Av Paul Laffoley, besøk hans galleri.

By asking the question of what some of the early historical influences on the founding authors of 2012 apocalypticism have been, one inevitably encounters the name of the French Jesuit priest, paleontologist and philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955).

In the 1960’s and ’70’s de Chardin enjoyed a brief period of posthumous popularity amongst a minority of the intellectual elite (or perhaps, «fringe»?) of the time, after which he seems to have been slowly forgotten again, until recently gaining some renewed attention through the work of the American perennialist philosopher Ken Wilber[14]. I have no intention here of giving a complete account of the complex system of thought Teilhard has developed, but I merely want to point towards his pervasive influence on some of the major representatives of the 2012 phenomenon[15], especially Terence McKenna and José Argüelles, both of whom will be introduced in the next chapter.

‘The 2012 Phenomenon’: A historical and typological approach to a modern apocalyptic mythology av Sacha Defesche ved Department of Religious Studies, Subdepartment History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, M.A. Program Mysticism and Western Esotericism på University of Amsterdam – virker som spennende lesning fra Skepsis.

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