The Mystic Ideal Type of Reality
The mystic ideal type of reality is rooted in transcendence as the legitimate essence of what is considered to be real. This type of reality is expressed in metonymic verbal structures and symbols, as worldly references that are put for a reality that lies beyond the world. However, metonymy always remains short of conveying the experience of what Voegelin calls “hierophany,” or universal openness of the self, conceived of as interaction with the divine root to human existence. Mystic reality is experienced in spiritual Enlightenment that can only be reified synchronically in an ongoing eternal present moment, which views past and future as determining worldly life. From the mystic perspective, the latter is seen as an illusion of our attachment to our external mundane needs, which are temporary, and so they ultimately lack the permanent and real essence of transcendence. In the second section of chapter 4, I have discussed the transhistorical conception of the synchronic aspect of time, or the simultaneous order of events in time, in contrast to the sequential order of events in legitimate time as diachrony in history.
KeywordsPolitical Philosophy Ethical Reflection Historical Type Cognitive Element External Good
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