Tertium Organum, The Third Canon of Thought : A Key to the Enigmas of the World by P. D. Ouspensky


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Alfred A. Knopf, 1947. Translated from Russian by Nicolas Bessaraboff & Claude Bragdon. 307 pages. Includes fold-out table to the rear; 'Four Forms Of The Manifestation Of Consciousness'. Front hinge weakened, some marks to cover. Internally clean throughout. 

'Ouspensky combines advanced science and maths with Eastern mysticism, symbols, art, and Western spiritual traditions to create one of the most unique and interesting books one is likely to encounter. 

He points the reader toward higher dimensional realities. "Time is really motion in extra-dimensional space .. our perception confuses this Dimension with Time, but with an evolution of consciousness, it can be perceived." This profound thought argues the actual physical location of the "Fourth Dimension".

The title of this book, Tertium Organum, boldly refers no less to a reorganisation of all knowledge, but it is primarily a study of psychology, more specifically the psychology of a higher-mind. With remarkable scope and sophistication, Ouspensky shows us how vast and strange our universe really is.

A widely travelled Russian born philosopher, he made his way to London after the Bolshevik Revolution. His lectures there were attended by such literary figures as Aldous Huxley, T. S. Eliot, and Gerald Heard. His influence on the literary scene of the 1920s and 1930s, as well as on the Russian avant-garde was immense but still very little known. It was said of Ouspensky that, though 'nonreligious', he had one prayer: not to become famous during his lifetime.

He was associated with Gurdjieff for many years, but ultimately separated both from the man and the philosophy. Ouspensky's work stands apart and above, as writing of rare lucidity and clarity.'

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