Sunday 31 August 2008

The Daemon in Antiquity

Ab antiquo,  Ab aeterno " From the ancient, from eternity"

It is interesting that the daimon or daemon which appears in classical Greek philosophy and mythology bears those  traits which can be understood now,  in the 21st century,  within the framework of the Peakian dyad and Imax.  And yet the latter  in no way alters the timeless quality of the ancient reflections;  rather,  it adds the dimensions of technology and quantum scientific theory :  Thus is the daemon expanded.  It fills history.   Meade has written an excellent essay called On the Daemon;  it appears in the online journal of Philosophy and Theology,  Theandros.  Some of what is found therein:

Plotinus in the Ennead 3.4 speaks of the daimon in terms of the principle of Unity:  the soul of man is a miscrocosm,  and thus does the daemon partake of all the powers in the cosmos,  or at least has access to them.  Plato's Pheado 107d and the Timeaus 90a speak of the daemon as being that which,  at the moment of death,  leads the man to the gathering of dead souls.  It is spoken of as a guardian,  a higher self,  and partaking in the transcendent qualities of the soul.  

The daimon of Socrates was seen as the indwelling spirit of genius which guided him. 

A wonderful essay appears online,  by a professor of philosophy,  Rick  ( I will have to check his surname!)  entitled,  On Daemons and the Heraclitean Flux.  The author is of course referring to that greatest of all Pre-Socratics,  Heraclitus,  and his idea of the transitory and fluctuating nature of the world of appearances.  Within this essay,  he weaves the theme of fatherlessness in his boyhood, and in our culture.  As  I read him,   I am brought at once back to my student days,  steeped in early Greek thinking;  yet also to 2007,  and the finding of an essay called Cheating the Ferryman  by Anthony Peake.  The philosophical /Heraclitean essay ends with the assertion,  Sol fide?  Nope:  Sol Immanuel.  God with us!    And to me,  this is what makes Peakian theory so beautiful:  spirituality is no longer at war with science,  nor is it given over to rank new age drek:  but it is indwelling,  within the dyad,  as was the daemon of Socratis.  Sol Immanuel!    I think that there is much that is philosophical which may yet be tapped into,  in terms of further lectures and writings by Tony  ( which is why I have saved many essays,  along with commentary by yours truly,  for future use-lol!);    and it is always a thrill for me  -  when reading some of these  wonderful essays,  and the quotes of the best sages of antiquity  -  to see traces of the ideas of Anthony Peake,  sofly glowing from them.   


Anthony Peake said...

Susan Marie: As usual you create an amazing contribution to this blog that makes me feel both proud and humble that you group my writing with these giants of intellectual thought. When I started upon the road to writing ITLAD I never in my wildest dreams expected it to strike so strongly in the hearts and minds of of individuals such as yourself.

Thank you so much for this ....

SM Kovalinsky said...

I in turn thank you, Tony; as I never imagined that my husband's death would lead to finding an author like yourself; so inspiring, and so uncanny in his ability to invoke all of philosophy and life for me. So there, we are even now, ha ha !

Karl Le Marcs said...

Premise: If we accept Time to be a construct of Consciousness (and it is difficult not to) then Quantum Mechanics shows that observation by a Consciousness creates reality, not just in the now (How Soon Is Now and How Soon Is Now (2) - The Phantom Premise) but also retrospectively.

However, as Einstein rightly pointed out, Time is relative and also not of the linear "Time's Arrow" variety, but is curved and bent and all wobbly!
(not a direct quote)

So, if Time is indeed all here there and everywhere then such cause & effect processes begin to be viewable in new lights to a degree that Socrates' Daimon may well have been retroactively influenced by Tony's Daemon......


johar said...

And Tony may have been influenced by Socrates daemon, not to mention your expanded CtCW theory!!

Karl Le Marcs said...

Johar: JoJo! Hmmm!

I presume you meant "Socrates Daimon", and I told you not to mention my expanded CtCw theory!
*oh dear Spike Milligan, how we all laughed*

Anyway.......yes, absolutely, the past affects the future as the future affects the past (given the circular or non-linear aspects of Time outside of Subjective Consciousness)

All we have is the now, but as I stated all those posts ago, just How Soon Is Now?

SM Kovalinsky said...

I have no doubt - none at all, but this is a matter of the heart, and not logic - that the daemon (daimon) of Socrates and the P K Dick who dreamt of his Anarch Peak, were influenced retroactively by Anthony Peake, and his daemon. Gurdjieff knew this was possible; Jung understood it; as did Rudolf Steiner, even the young Plato, when he spoke of "catching up with oneself", and made of reincarnation a beautifully sophisticated doctrine. "How Soon is Now?" : a beautiful title, a beautiful essay, beautiful Morrisey song. But also the question: when does "now" become "here": Nietzche knew, he experienced that time was an illusion, as he ascended the high mountains. I have told Tony openly ( he NEVER replies to this one comment, never addresses it) that he reached back to PK Dick and gave him the name of Anarch Peak. It is his modesty, which he has in abundance. Does not want to admit what he has done.