Mysticism in the philosophy of William Ernest Hocking
Rice, Roland Preston
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Hocking's mysticism is a support to his idealism. It holds together the world which reason splits apart. Yet the operation of mysticism is within reason itself. It is in idea first, but the meaning-for-reality which is a part of every idea is given up to reason. Through reason the implicit purposes which are contained in idea are given up to the judgment of experience and are there made explicit. The value for wholeness which is contained in idea becomes differentiated through the judgment of experience into that intimate object whom the mystic calls God, a "Thou", not a mere Absolute, a mere necessity. But wholeness, as applied to God, means wholeness of function in righteousness. In this kind of wholeness the finite self can "participate" without losing any of his own value, increasing his value for individual selfhood as he participates in God.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University