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A collection of the Thelemic Union’s materials for self-study. [Still in progress.]

Thelemic works 

Philosophy

List compiled by Frater Aletheia

  • Pierre Hadot, Philosophy as a Way of Life — Demonstrates the deep connection between philosophy and spiritual practices in the ancient world, and how this connection between philosophy and spiritual practices has covertly survived into contemporary philosophy in figures such as Nietzsche and Foucault. Thelemites will find many continuities between the conception of ancient philosophy outlined herein and the Thelemic tradition. [Amazon]
  • Graham Priest, Beyond the Limits of Thought — Argues that at the limit of thought lies contradiction and that the pursuit of such limits leads to conceptual innovation. Relevant in regards to Crowley’s own views on logic and the abyss. Feel free to skip over the formal logic bits if that’s not your bag. Touches on both Western and Eastern philosophy. [Amazon]
  • Nietzsche, The Genealogy of Morals — Arguably the most philosophical of Nietzsche’s works. It’s relevance to Thelema should be self-evident. Read it. [Amazon]
  • Bertrand Russell, A History of Western Philosophy — Stunning overview of the Western philosophical tradition. Although Russell’s biases bleed through at times, it is nonetheless an invaluable read for anyone interested in Western philosophy and the foundations of Western thought. [Amazon]
  • Plato, The Symposium — You’ll be hard pressed to find a more philosophical account of Agape anywhere else.[Amazon]
  • Jean-Francois Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition — The Postmodern Condition. Examines the collapse of “meta-narratives’ for culture and society. Anyone concerned with status of knowledge in contemporary life, and the epistemic dizziness it produces, should read it for its courageous, rigorous and critical appraisal of contemporary discourse. [Amazon]

Psychology

List compiled by T Omphalos

  • Neuropsychology:
    • Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat — Demonstrates how the brain constrains ones neurocognitive functioning and thus possibilities of your mind. [Amazon]
    • Elkhonon Goldberg, The New Executive Brain — shows the importance of the frontal lobes and its executive functions in the modern world and how it is only becoming more and more important. [Amazon]
  • Cognitive Psychology: 
    • Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow — Gives an introduction to how your cognitive functions governs the everyday operarions of the mind. [Amazon]
  • Learning Psychology:
    • B.F. Skinner, Beyond Freedom & Dignity — Shows how behavior is selected and why issues of dignity arising from the impossibility of free will is less important than living a well life. [Amazon]

Biographies

Aleister Crowley

  • Richard Kaczynski, Perdurabo: Revised & Expanded — The gold standard of Aleister Crowley biographers by Dr. Kaczynski with all the historical details. A definite must-read for all history junkies. [Amazon]
  • Thomas Churton, Aleister Crowley: The Biography — Churton writes his biography with a more literary than historical style, and enjoys looking into lesser-known aspects of Crowley’s life. The style is a bit lighter nad less dense than Perdurabo and serves as a perfect companion thereto. [Amazon]

World Religions

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