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Tertium Organum or the Third Canon of Thought and a Key to the Enigmas of the World.

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Translated from Russian. Introduction by Claude Bragdon. Partial Contents: The Mystery of Time and Space; Shadows and Reality; Occultism and Love; Animated Nature; Voices of the Stones; Mathematics of the Infinite; The Logic of Ecstasy; Mystical Theosophy; Cosmic Consciousness; The New Morality; Birth of the Superman. Originally published in 1920.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published November 30th 1921)
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Nick G
Apr 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A completely mind-blowing dose of non-fiction. Although dated, I cannot find anything more modern online or otherwise that refutes his reasoning. That said, this book involves a lot of reasoning that would be difficult, if not impossible, to support factually. Well grounded though, I can't wait to see how deep he can go...

...finally finished this work. I won't attempt to summarize the depth of what is covered in this book. I will only say that if you are a "thinker", constantly searching for mor
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Rich Schiavi
Mar 31, 2010 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
what i wouldn't give to have been a speck of dust in a room where Ouspensky and Gurdjieff were waxing on...
Bigmakmotorbreath
Dec 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Russian Theosophy at it's best. Read It>
Inka
Dec 21, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very hard book to read and comperhend. I am not too sure if I ever understand this book, might finish it in couple of years!
Sharon Moriarty
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stunning, Wondrous and Life Transforming

There are no words to describe the real import and content of this book, nor to remotely intuit the many dimensions of reality that its ideas are extended too. Many hidden dimensions of life and connection with the world of true causes, of which we as mankind? are not even dimly aware. It seems mankind (aka consciousness) has settled instead for the world of the finite, the phenomenal and the positivistic and Ouspensky clearly shows in a very limpid and pe
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Bruce Michael  Hubbell
Here you will find the mind of the 19th and 20th century philisopher/ Realizers like Ralph Waldo Emerson & Richard Bucke.

Peter D. Ouspensky (March 4, 1878–October 2, 1947), (Pyotr Demianovich Ouspenskii)a Russian philosopher,who invoked euclidean and non-euclidean geometry in his discussions of psychology and higher dimensions of existence. His first book, The Fourth Dimension, appeared in 1909; his second book, Tertium Organum, in 1912; and A New Model of the Universe in 1931. This last wo
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Mojtaba Andalib
this the real book and i will try to find original book over than 700 pages
Lionkhan-sama
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mind-blowing!
Reality-altering!
Mentally-stimulating!

This book is all that and so much more. Just a pure dive into metaphysics and paranormality, and what makes them a reality. The logical reasoning the author uses throughout this book is sound, and I cannot refute his arguments. I can only agree in amazement.
The author focuses on space and time, and how they are REALLY related, and all the derivations of such a relationship. Mind you, he looks at them from a purely UN-positivistic point of view,
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Dominik
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, mind-bending piece about nature of the world and consciousness. It's a must read challenge for all of the materialist science-believers that have fallen into the one-dimensional limited way of thinking and observing the world through the matter only. Ouspensky is succesfully showing the flaws of the positivistic, exact, science and philosophy by offering another, deeper way of thinking outside of the box.
Cheryl
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can sum up my impression of this book by quoting a sentence from it: "And truth itself is motion, and can never lead to arrestment, to the cessation of search."

This book, written in 1920, is timeless. It compels the reader to question, to disagree, to pursue. It is also a tool for measuring one's understanding of new concepts...opening the door for something more. I first read this book about 20 years ago, and I am amazed by my growth in consciousness, in awareness. What appeared obscure, the
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Jean Constant
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great beginning, I liked the author clarity, his reasoning and the ways he leads the reader through complex geometry concepts. However, he lost me half-way when he introduced the snail and its one-dimensional vision. Maybe it is to be taken in the particular context of the turn of the 1900’s when spirituality was very present in the mind of most scientists involved in the development of exact sciences, but it makes it a little challenging to accept by today’s metrics.
Antonio Iannarone
Sep 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How many times will I allow a Russian Theosophist to break my heart?

I followed his paces so faithfully! He measured his stride so! He spoke to me of his affairs with Kant and with Consciousness.

Ultimately, he believes we are all imperfectly-understanding emanations of the Cosmic Conscious... or of the First Intelligence... call Him what you will.

I still insist that he is the better of Edwin A Abbott (of Flatland acclaim).
Sandeep Saroha
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book. Never knew that the beyond can be deduced from philosophy and logic, and that too in such a beautiful manner. And the application of maths was just wow. Ouspensky used analogies very nicely. This book introduced me in much details to the world of beyond world
Andy
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Be very careful with this book. It will take you into a dangerous labyrinth that if you do not take precautions will trap you. He presents a grand problem, The Kantian Problem, but then takes a very wrong road to its resolution.
Jonathan Bermea
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, Excellent book!

It was the most exciting riveting and analytically challenging book I have ever read.....

I get excited just remembering back when I did read it- even though I did get a headache., I loved it!!!

Jonathan-
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Carlos
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una mirada diferente del universo y uno de sus misterios más insondables. El tiempo.
Barbara Paciotti
Another book I've had on my shelf for decades. Uses mathematics (Warning! high level math, in case you're numbers-challenged) to prove the existence of God!!
Shant
Apr 15, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Came upon this treasure while reading a short story titled, "My Shoe" by a very witty and insatiable writer William Saroyan. Will provide a review upon completion of it.
Rich
Jun 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as in search of the Miraculous, but interesting
Richard Tod
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
This book opened my mind like a crowbar opening a locked lid. It took lots of pressure but the sudden snap as my mind finally opened has changed my view of life, the world and the universe.
Dineshphoebus
Nov 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is the best book which analysed vedanta philosophy of shankaracharya through pure logic.
Sachin Modi
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. So many beautiful ideas, leaves you in wonder.
Jeremy
Dec 03, 2008 marked it as to-read
I started but have not picked it up in awhile so I will read it later.
Bill Gusky
Helped me think through multidimensional ideas. Otherwise this one's a relic.
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Pyotr Demianovich Ouspenskii (known in English as Peter D. Ouspensky, Пётр Демьянович Успенский; was a Russian mathematician and esotericist known for his expositions of the early work of the Greek-Armenian teacher of esoteric doctrine George Gurdjieff, whom he met in Moscow in 1915. He was associated with the ideas and practices originating with Gurdjieff from then on. He shared the (Gurdjieff) " ...more
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“Thus space and time, defining everything that we cognize by sensuous means, are in themselves just forms of consciousness, categories of our intellect, the prism through which we regard the world—or in other words space and time do not represent properties of the world, but just properties of our knowledge of the world gained through our sensuous organism. Consequently the world, until by these means we come into relation to it, has neither extension in space nor existence in time; these are properties which we add to it.” 0 likes
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