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Spheres and Bubbles: Emanuel Swedenborg’s Theory of Matter and the Metaphors of the Mind

Dunér, David LU (2013) In Emanuel Swedenborg—Exploring a “World Memory”. Context, Content, Contribution p.12-33
Abstract
What is matter? One of the major themes in Emanuel Swedenborg’s thinking is the

relation between the material and the immaterial, body and soul. During all his life, as

a scientist and a visionary, Swedenborg (1688–1772) pondered on these questions. How

can we get knowledge about the invisible? The world beyond the scope of our senses?

The issue here is to explain the cognitive foundation of his matter theory expressed in

his early scientific works, written before he became a visionary and mystic. Namely, I

do not want to know just what he thought, but also how. In focus is the relation between

environment and cognition that gives rise to theories of nature: how we think... (More)
What is matter? One of the major themes in Emanuel Swedenborg’s thinking is the

relation between the material and the immaterial, body and soul. During all his life, as

a scientist and a visionary, Swedenborg (1688–1772) pondered on these questions. How

can we get knowledge about the invisible? The world beyond the scope of our senses?

The issue here is to explain the cognitive foundation of his matter theory expressed in

his early scientific works, written before he became a visionary and mystic. Namely, I

do not want to know just what he thought, but also how. In focus is the relation between

environment and cognition that gives rise to theories of nature: how we think about

that we can not see; how we understand the invisible through the visible. From the

known we understand the unknown. (Less)
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  abstract     = {What is matter? One of the major themes in Emanuel Swedenborg’s thinking is the<br/><br>
relation between the material and the immaterial, body and soul. During all his life, as<br/><br>
a scientist and a visionary, Swedenborg (1688–1772) pondered on these questions. How<br/><br>
can we get knowledge about the invisible? The world beyond the scope of our senses?<br/><br>
The issue here is to explain the cognitive foundation of his matter theory expressed in<br/><br>
his early scientific works, written before he became a visionary and mystic. Namely, I<br/><br>
do not want to know just what he thought, but also how. In focus is the relation between<br/><br>
environment and cognition that gives rise to theories of nature: how we think about<br/><br>
that we can not see; how we understand the invisible through the visible. From the<br/><br>
known we understand the unknown.},
  author       = {Dunér, David},
  editor       = {Grandin, Karl},
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  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {12--33},
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  series       = {Emanuel Swedenborg—Exploring a “World Memory”. Context, Content, Contribution},
  title        = {Spheres and Bubbles: Emanuel Swedenborg’s Theory of Matter and the Metaphors of the Mind},
  year         = {2013},
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