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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Abstract

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 13:42
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 13:42
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/49482
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