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Zeitschrift für Spiritualität und Transzendentale Psychologie 2011, 1 (1) /
Journal for Spirituality and Transcendental Psychology 1 (1), 2011





Is Transcendental Psychology Metaphysics?

About the Continuation of the Enlightenment by Other Means

               (Translation of:  Ist Transzendentale Psychologie Metaphysik?)              

 

Edgar W. Harnack

 

Abstract

Within the scope of a transcendental psychology (Harnack 2011a) the question arises whether introducing an axiom of transcendence for social-scientific reflection and research would not be a step back behind the Enlightenment and its postulate of metaphysical freedom of science. The article in contrast opines that freedom from metaphysics is often implicitly equated with the ideology of a (naive) materialism, while a non-materialist world view, nevertheless, can very well renounce metaphysics and make at the same time transcendence the axiom of a research program. The thesis is expatiated by the differential meanings of the concepts “religion” and “transcendence” within „religious experience“. Through transcendental experience, so we conclude, transcendence can be embedded in a research program free of metaphysics without loss of specific (spiritual) content.

 

Keywords: Transcendental psychology, metaphysics, Enlightenment, religious experience, spiritual experience, transcendence





 

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About the author:

E. W. Harnack holds a University degree in psychology and works as a licensed psychotherapist, certified clinical supervisor and independent scholar in Berlin, Germany.



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