Gnosticism and Materialism
Jan 18, 2022
You can now watch this seminar for fee on our Youtube Channel
How can gnosticism - often perceived as an anti-materialist heresy - help us to think about what materialism might mean for today, in a world in which the virtual has transformed our understanding of reality? By revisiting some of the ideas of gnostic thinkers (and their critics), in particular anti-cosmism and the perennial conceptual 'threat' of dualism, we can shed light upon what knowledge means, where gnostic ideas remain today, in our apparently secular age, and adopt a critical conception of materialism tempered by concerns largely regarded as 'fringe' beliefs. This paper will draw on the work of Georges Bataille, Ioan P. Couliano, Hans Jonas and others.