Esoteric Philosophical Lecture series
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I came across these when looking for videos on Neoplatonism. This account has uploaded a ton of lectures by Manly P. Hall on various esoteric philosophies.

Doctrines of Neoplatonism:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL...sCph5eLmos

The Universe according to Esoteric Philosophy:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL...KxXvwwUXx3

Doctrines of Hermes Trismegistus:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL...fXXKA8AzxW

Pythagorean Theory of Number:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL...qbLjXaBnEe

And quite a few more if you go to the playlists on this channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/BrockSart
"The Heart of Jesus is closer to you when you suffer, than when you are full of joy." - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (St. Matt. 7:15)

"There can be nothing more dangerous than those heretics who admit nearly the whole series of doctrine, and yet by one word, as with a drop of poison, taint the real and simple Faith taught by Our Lord and handed down by Apostolic tradition." - Pope Leo XIII, Satis Cognitum
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You might be interested in what Lyndon LaRouche had to say about Aristotle versus Plato.
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(10-26-2020, 04:06 PM)Lenny Belardo Wrote: You might be interested in what Lyndon LaRouche had to say about Aristotle versus Plato.

Please elaborate. Do you have any links/books/videos to recommend?
"The Heart of Jesus is closer to you when you suffer, than when you are full of joy." - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (St. Matt. 7:15)

"There can be nothing more dangerous than those heretics who admit nearly the whole series of doctrine, and yet by one word, as with a drop of poison, taint the real and simple Faith taught by Our Lord and handed down by Apostolic tradition." - Pope Leo XIII, Satis Cognitum
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(10-26-2020, 03:02 PM)Augustinian Wrote: I came across these when looking for videos on Neoplatonism. This account has uploaded a ton of lectures by Manly P. Hall on various esoteric philosophies.

Doctrines of Neoplatonism:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL...sCph5eLmos

The Universe according to Esoteric Philosophy:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL...KxXvwwUXx3

Doctrines of Hermes Trismegistus:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL...fXXKA8AzxW

Pythagorean Theory of Number:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL...qbLjXaBnEe

And quite a few more if you go to the playlists on this channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/BrockSart

Are you sure you can listen to this guy for a long time without detrimental effects for your spiritual life? I guess you just want to "know the enemy"...but still, it might be harmful.
"Cor Jesu Rex Et Centrum Omnium Cordium, miserére nobis "

“To pray is to shed blood.” - Silouan the Athonite
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(10-28-2020, 07:40 AM)JosefSilouan Wrote:
(10-26-2020, 03:02 PM)Augustinian Wrote: I came across these when looking for videos on Neoplatonism. This account has uploaded a ton of lectures by Manly P. Hall on various esoteric philosophies.

Doctrines of Neoplatonism:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL...sCph5eLmos

The Universe according to Esoteric Philosophy:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL...KxXvwwUXx3

Doctrines of Hermes Trismegistus:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL...fXXKA8AzxW

Pythagorean Theory of Number:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL...qbLjXaBnEe

And quite a few more if you go to the playlists on this channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/BrockSart

Are you sure you can listen to this guy for a long time without detrimental effects for your spiritual life? I guess you just want to "know the enemy"...but still, it might be harmful.
I listen to it more or less to understand the philosophies he talks about, neoplatonism, ideas from Pythagoras, and even the so-called writings of Hermes Trismegistus had a strong influence on the early Church and the Fathers up into the Renaissance, especially St. Augustine. It also corresponds with my own research into Platonism, as I am planning on reading Marsilio Ficino's Platonic Theology as well. Provided one is researching it along the lines of pure philosophical understanding, I don't see the harm really.
"The Heart of Jesus is closer to you when you suffer, than when you are full of joy." - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (St. Matt. 7:15)

"There can be nothing more dangerous than those heretics who admit nearly the whole series of doctrine, and yet by one word, as with a drop of poison, taint the real and simple Faith taught by Our Lord and handed down by Apostolic tradition." - Pope Leo XIII, Satis Cognitum
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Manley Hall was a leading freemason. I have read a lot of this kind of literature, and there is a lot of (satanic?) untruth mixed in between otherwise interesting speculations. Whenever I read stuff like that (even with the best intentions), it had subtle negative effects on my spiritual life.

Regarding Platonism, my favourite is this audio course by Peter Kreeft: The Platonic Tradition
"Cor Jesu Rex Et Centrum Omnium Cordium, miserére nobis "

“To pray is to shed blood.” - Silouan the Athonite
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(10-28-2020, 09:49 AM)JosefSilouan Wrote: Manley Hall is a leading freemason. I have read a lot of this kind of literature, and there is a lot of (satanic?) untruth mixed in between otherwise interesting speculations. Whenever I read stuff like that (even with the best intentions), it had subtle negative effects on my spiritual life.

Regarding Platonism, my favourite is this audio course by Peter Kreeft: The Platonic Tradition
And I suppose it's best for you to avoid it then. I personally haven't seen much of an effect once I've understood where they go astray, and honestly, its a reservation that should be had when dealing with any non-Catholic sources of information.

I have watched Dr. Kreeft's series on Plato, which is quite good.
"The Heart of Jesus is closer to you when you suffer, than when you are full of joy." - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (St. Matt. 7:15)

"There can be nothing more dangerous than those heretics who admit nearly the whole series of doctrine, and yet by one word, as with a drop of poison, taint the real and simple Faith taught by Our Lord and handed down by Apostolic tradition." - Pope Leo XIII, Satis Cognitum
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Platonism while alluring at first, I simply found lacking that Aristotle was able to sufficiently supplant.
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(10-29-2020, 12:16 AM)austenbosten Wrote: Platonism while alluring at first, I simply found lacking that Aristotle was able to sufficiently supplant.
The problem I have with Aristotelianism is that it is too focused on the creature and not enough on the transcendent. Not to say I reject the conclusions of those who utilize Aristotle, St. Bonaventure being my favorite theologian along with Augustine, but there is the argument to be made that too much Aristotle led to things such as nominalism, and obviously, Averroism.

Bonaventure is the one who actually shared this view. That while the methods, and many conclusions, of Aristotle have merit and perfect the foundations of Platonism, such as essences being immanent, as well as the clarity of terminology; he ultimately leaned more toward the Platonism of Augustine due to its inherent upward focus in metaphysics. It has this focus more on the supernatural order over that of the natural, material order. I especially appreciate the fixation on spirit over matter, which works well with the detachment of the Carmelite spirituality that I overall (attempt) to adhere to. Albeit, admitting that it is taken to an extreme with the Neoplatonists who despised matter as some sort of prison to be cast off.
"The Heart of Jesus is closer to you when you suffer, than when you are full of joy." - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (St. Matt. 7:15)

"There can be nothing more dangerous than those heretics who admit nearly the whole series of doctrine, and yet by one word, as with a drop of poison, taint the real and simple Faith taught by Our Lord and handed down by Apostolic tradition." - Pope Leo XIII, Satis Cognitum
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Philosophical philistine that I am, I must ask what is the problem people have with Aristotle? I've noticed that folks either love him or hate him. Hylomorphism, the Ethics, and the overall "christianization" (what a loathsome word) of Aristotelianism via St. Thomas and the Thomistic School have been great boons to the faith. 

And Augustinian, how was Aristotle the progenitor of nominalism? Wouldn't we lay the blame for this invention on Abelard and Occam?
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