Sunday, April 01, 2007

Esoteric, academic, and emergent

Matthew Newsham Says: March 31st, 2007 at 9:32 am The baptism of academia does not automatically make you smart or relevant in all fields of study- especially newly emergent ones.
The distinction between what is called esoteric, academic, and emergent needs to be clearly understood in the context of the diverse writings that fall under the rubric of spirituality. Their standard academic nomenclature is philosophy which has been segregated variously as, metaphysics, ontology or phenomenology. Since the academia, world over, is predominantly dominated by leftists, atheists, and secularists, a large body of identical literature remains outside the university syllabi, which we might call, esoteric.

What has been referred to as emergent is, though young, it might prove to be profound in the days to come, but mere popularity can not be a yardstick for its inclusion under either of the above generic terms. But the important aspect to be remembered is that none of the three areas is superior by itself as each has its own merit and validity. [TNM]

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