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Neo-Platonism and Huxley’s « Doors of Perception »

Aldous Huxley.


By Karel Vereycken, Founder Agora Erasmus


In 1954, British novelist Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) wrote his book, The doors of perception. There he details his experience with the hallucinogenic drug mescaline, originally obtained from peyote, the root of a Mexican cactus. Officially, Huxley was brought into drug experiences after discovering the [...]

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How “Neo-Platonism” gave Plato a bad name

Pictured from left to right in a detail from Domenico Ghirlandaio’s Zachariah in the Temple are Marsilio Ficino, Cristoforo Landino, Angelo Poliziano, and Demetrios Chalkondyles.

By Karel Vereycken, November 2005

After many years of laziness, I decided to study more closely a “black hole” in our epistemological clarity: the great fog [...]