Looking For Mr Wednesday: Towards An Odian Philosophical Framework

Sharp, Christopher Jon (2013) Looking For Mr Wednesday: Towards An Odian Philosophical Framework. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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    The thesis explores the theory and praxis of Odianism in order to articulate the
    fundamentals of a possible philosophical framework underpinning the Odian paradigm of
    reality. It is argued that Odian magical praxis needs to be understood as a discrete
    category of experience offering a specific understanding of and a particular route to selfbecoming.
    Magic is a problematic category to define and shares fuzzy boundaries with a number of
    other concepts related to non-ordinary states of consciousness. The thesis seeks initially
    to clarify the specific nature of magic and to contextualise Odianism within the broader
    Western Mystery Tradition.
    The main body of the thesis considers the philosophical framework proposed by
    contemporary Odianism. This narrowing of focus is inevitably limiting, but necessary to
    allow a sufficiently detailed examination of a particular approach to magical praxis.
    The thesis explores Odian epistemological, ontological and ethical positions. Odian
    magical praxis is examined in the context of those philosophical perspectives. Particular
    attention is paid to the concept of Odian self-development or Self-becoming. It is argued
    that Odianism regards non-ordinary consciousness as essential to all forms of magical
    praxis. The thesis concludes by exploring the wider relevance and value of Odian
    perspectives and of magical praxis in general.

    Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Language and Communication Studies
    Depositing User: Mia Reeves
    Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2014 14:42
    Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 14:42
    URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/49482

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