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Esotericism contrasted with Occult Literalism

Esotericism contrasted with Occult Literalism

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Plato, in his dialogue Alcibíades (circa 390 BC), uses the expression ta esô meaning "the inner things", andin his dialogue Theaetetus (circa 360 BC) he uses ta exô meaning "the outside things". Aristotle applied thisdistinction to his own writings. The probable first appearance of the Greek adjective esôterikos is in Lucianof Samosata's "The Auction of Lives", § 26 (also called "The Auction of the Philosophical Schools"),written around AD 166.[5]In the dictionary sense of the term, "esoterism" signifies the holding of esoteric opinions or beliefs,[1] andderives from the Greek σωτερικός (esôterikos), a compound of σω (esô): "within", thus "pertaining to
 the more inward", mystic. Its antonym is "exoteric".
es·o·ter·ic (s-trk)adj.1.a. Intended for or understood by only a particular group: an esoteric cult. See Synonyms at mysterious. b. Of or relating to that which is known by a restricted number of people.2.a. Confined to a small group: esoteric interests. b. Not publicly disclosed; confidential.
Exoteric refers to knowledge that is outside of and independent from anyone's experience and can beascertained by anyone; cf. common sense. It is distinguished from internal esoteric knowledge. Exotericrelates to "external reality" as opposed to one's own thoughts or feelings. It is knowledge that is public asopposed to secret or cabalistic. It is not required that exoteric knowledge come easily or automatically, butit should be referenceable or reproducible.~
ex·o·ter·ic [ek-suh-ter-ik] Show IPAadjective1.suitable for or communicated to the general public.2.not belonging, limited, or pertaining to the inner or select circle, as of disciples or intimates.3. popular; simple; commonplace.4. pertaining to the outside; exterior; external.
 
Contextualism describes a collection of views in philosophy which emphasize the context in which anaction, utterance, or expression occurs, and argues that, in some important respect, the action, utterance, or expression can only be understood relative to that context.[1] Contextualist views hold that philosophicallycontroversial concepts, such as "meaning P", "knowing that P", "having a reason to A", and possibly even"being true" or "being right" only have meaning relative to a specified context. Some philosophers[2] holdthat context-dependence may lead to relativism;[3] nevertheless, contextualist views are increasingly popular within philosophy.[4]~
context
(n.)early 15c., from Latin contextus "a joining together," originally pp. of contexere "to weave together," fromcom- "together" (see com-) + texere "to weave" (see texture).~
text
(n.)late 14c., "wording of anything written," from Old French texte, Old North French tixte (12c.), fromMedieval Latin textus "the Scriptures, text, treatise," in Late Latin "written account, content, charactersused in a document," from Latin textus "style or texture of a work," literally "thing woven," from pp. stemof texere "to weave," from PIE root *tek- "make" (see texture).
“An ancient metaphor: thought is a thread, and the raconteur is a spinner of yarns -- butthe true storyteller, the poet, is a weaver. The scribes made this old and audibleabstraction into a new and visible fact. After long practice, their work took on such aneven, flexible texture that they called the written page a textus, which means cloth.[Robert Bringhurst, "The Elements of Typographic Style"]~ http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=text&allowed_in_frame=0
lit·er·al·ism (ltr--lzm)n.1. Adherence to the explicit sense of a given text or doctrine.2. Literal portrayal; realism.
Simulacra are copies that depict things that either had no reality to begin with, or that no longer have anoriginal.[1] Simulation is the imitation of the operation of a real-world process or system over time.[2]~
 
Esotericism, a contrast to Occult LiteralismBy: Seth MorisThe first step is the step most important. Before the first step, there is nothing. Not being accustomed to writing these kind of papers with any real degree of official or academic discipline, I will have to trudge ahead to simply attempt to transmit what it is Ihold in my mind onto digital ‘paper’ in hopes I can define my terms, and make themapparent to any discerning reader.Firstly, while traditional occult/esoteric/philosophical literature has existed in onefor or another for quite some time, depending on how one defines the occult and defineits relation to the other two concepts, only relatively recently in the scope of humanhistory has both the religious and cultural attitude of the masses tolerant enough to acceptthe existence of occult lore as well as the technology to easily (at virtually no cost) findand access the text within these texts.It is, however, the authors opinion that the texts of old that became commonaccess suffered not only from inaccurate interpretation from the masses/laity who werenot initiated into occult orders that saw the tomes and their contents as a dangerous anddevilish, but that with the modern revival of occult/esoteric interests that thesemisinterpretation has actually become an ‘in demand’ commodity, and that simulacra of the occult/esoteric doctrine have exponentially become valuable as a marketable product, but as simulacra they are essentially exoteric and while public they are no longer 'hidden’.I will go over a handful of a few terms, along with various other information, inhopes to illustrate how the esoteric ‘current’ has been severely thrown off course, andhow that while esoteric and occult teachings and practices seem more widespread thanever that these are by essence another form of literalist, exoteric texts.Text as opposed to ContextLiteralism as opposed to EsotericismSimulacra as opposed to SimulationIt is this author’s opinion that the idea of text must be distinguished from context.Text in itself is meaningless, as any person can find should they utter a strange andunknown sound to another person. This utterance will be able to be represented by

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