A series of courses on those forces and substances of which many have thought the world most importantly composed.

  • Stone and Earth
  • Air and Wind
  • Water
  • Fire
  • Wood and Flesh
  • Ether, the quintessence, and fundamental forces
  • Food. You are what you eat

The approach in these course is phenomenological-philosophical and poetic rather than scientistic, though we will make use of some results of scientific research as these are appropriate. This means we will deal not only with the poetic images that writers and artists have created of these elementals, but also with the force they have in endowing the world with meaning and their relation to life.

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