Curriculum Vitæ

Personals :

Wim van den Dungen
philosopher

born in Antwerp

Belgian
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Languages :

Dutch, French, English, passive German, Middle Dutch, Middle Egyptian, basic Sanskrit

Academics :

Bachelor of Applied Economic Sciences
(BA, 1981 - RUCA)
Bachelor of Philosophy
(BA, 1983 - UFSIA, MCL)
Master of Philosophy
Departement of Logic & Epistemology
(MA, 1985, RUG, CL)

Thesis : On the Categories 'Rationality'
& 'Irrationality'
(1985, RUG, CL)

• Sociology of Music
(1985 - RUG - Sabbe)
• Esthetics of Music
(1985 - RUG - Broeckx)

• 1983 - 1987 : courses in Sanskrit (RUG - Jozef Deleu), Middle Egyptian (RUG - Herman De Meulenaere), Middle Dutch (UFSIA - Joseph Alaerts), the practice of Biofeedback (Maxwell Cade) and Depth Psychology

• 1984 : course in Hermeneutics of Religious Texts : Seven Ways of Holy Love by Beatrice of Nazareth (UFSIA - Alaerts)

• 1986 - 1990 : scientific collaborator RUG studying the cognitive aspects of love-mysticism, thesis reworked as : Kennis & Minne Mystiek (1994, Dutch)
 • 1975 - 1993 : autodidact study of musical composition

Activities :

• 1981 - 1986 : Chairman of the VAG, Vlaams Astrologisch Genootschap, initiating a standard course on Western Astrology and a moral code covering its consult-context
• 1984 - 1986 : Vice-Chairman of the FAG, Federatie van Astrologische Groeperingen in het Nederlands Taalgebied
• 1985 : publication of Wetenschapsfilosofie en Astrologie, Arcturus/VAG.
• 1995 - 2000 : advisor to Global (Help) Projects NGO

• 1990 - : advisor to Taurus Consulting Agency
• 2002 - : webmastering www.sofiatopia.org
• 2005 - : mentor
• 2006 - : practicing Buddhist
• 2008 - : practicing Ch'i Kung
• 2015 - : indie author

Trying to understand my astrological birth chart (1975) prompted me to study Western astrology. Between 1979 & 1982, a Dutch course in Classical  Western Astrology got published. Between 1985 & 1994, a number of in-depth studies on astrology were finalized (all in Dutch). They became part of my studies in epistemology. Details can be found here.

The first philosophical text was Schetsen van een Absurde Wereldbeschouwing ("Sketches of an Absurd World View", 1981). It was rather absurdist & nihilist.

In 1983, College Tractaat ("College Tractate") was written. Is a philosophical system of no-system possible ?

Due to the practice of yoga, a strong interest in the actuality of mystical experience rose.

Three years later, the Proto-Tractatus Logico-Comicus (1986) emerged. Inviting much more study, this English text sketched the contours of what was intended.

In 1992, integrating the study of the epistemology of mystical experience (mysticology), the Tractatus Logico Tragi-Comicus emerged.

Besides a considerable reorganization of themes, again years of work lay ahead. From 1993 onward, the Dutch texts were privately published.

From the 9th of April 1996 onward, the report on these ongoing studies, exclusively existing in cyberspace, is freely available on the WWW.

This solved the issue of being read, and so interact with a community of sign-interpreters.

In 2002, www.sofiatopia.org was coined.

The logic, epistemology & method of this effort is critical :

Criticosynthesis (2008)
Critique of a Metaphysics of Process (2012)
Book of Lemmas (2014)

Over the years, these various studies called for subdomains covering :

Philosophy, Ancient Egyptian Sapience, Neurophilosophy, Buddhadharma, Hermeticism and recently Music.

At present, the total website consists of c.9300 PDF pages. On average, c.1 GB is transferred daily (webstatistics).

Work is ongoing.
Thank you for reading.

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"Experience is not what happens to You ; it's what You do with what happens to You." - Huxley


"All of the great empires of the future will be empires of the mind." - Churchill


freedom of speech l liberty l democracy l solidarity l spirituality

Escaping the dogmas and directives of any organized religion, church, lodge, temple, cult, sect, lineage, spiritual school or sectarian organization, and avoiding commercial & political pressures, my aim is free study tributing an ongoing renewal. I keep far from the fads and follies of academic bureaucracy and its frantic competition for grants & tenure.


"2 extremes : to exclude reason, to admit reason only." - Pascal


CORPUS

Available text can thematically be divided in :


PNEUMA

potent synthesis of the CORPUS

accommodating the view of totality and infinity
aimed at by SPIRA

Criticosynthesis (2008)


SPIRA

view on reality in terms of the PNEUMA based on the CORPUS

Critique of a Metaphysics of Process (2012)
The Book of Lemmas
(2014)


"Do not think of the past and do not think of the future, matters of the past have already ceased and the future has not yet come. In the present moment one should attend with mindfulness to the lack of stability of whatever phenomenon there are ; the wise awaken in this way." - the Buddha


The proposed criticism puts aside dogmatism & skepticism, and their ontologies, the extremes of eternalism (essences exist forever) & nihilism (nothing stable can be found). This Middle Way is backed by the normative disciplines of epistemology, ethics & esthetics. Such demarcations allow for a contemporary metaphysics and its validation.

Without falling into the traps of modern idealism or modern realism, not ensnared by spiritualism (mentalism) or materialism, this work pays tribute to the spirit of creative advance.



Publications


"Eadem mutata resurgo!" ("I arise again the same though changed !").
motto of the Collège de Pataphysique of Paris


Traditional Books


(1) Het Open Hart
2015, Nederlands, 272p


Print on Demand Books (POD)


POD :

(1) Ancient Egyptian Readings
2016, English, 250p

(2) The Yoga-Sūtra of Patañjali : Translations
2016, English, 113p

(3) The Yoga-Sūtra of Patañjali : Translations and Commentary
2016, English, 344p

(4) Q1 : the Heart of the Gospel
2016, English, 64p

(5) On Seven Ways of Holy Love
2016, English, 106p

(6) Ten Ox-Herding Images
2016, English, 96p

(7) Thirty Verses on Conscious Life
2016, English, 170p

(7) Book of Lemmas
2016, English, 422p

(8) Regulæ
2016, English, 80p


Electronic Publishing (EPUB)


EPUB :

(1) An Ontology of the Moment
(2015, English)


"The evidence for Extra Sensoric Perception (ESP) and Psychokinesis (PK) -and I have presented only brief summaries of a few examples of it- seems to be adequate. Serious attention to the evidence should be convincing to all except those who are irreversibly committed to the worldview of materialism and sensationalism, according to which ESP and PK are impossible in principle." - Griffin, D.R. : Parapsychology, Philosophy and Spirituality : a Postmodern Exploration, State University of New York Press - New York, 1997, p.89.


WWW Publications


WEBBOOKS


(0) Tractatus Logico Tragi-Comicus
(1992, 145p, English)
(1) Knowledge and Love-Mysticism
(1994, 416p, Dutch)
(2) Prolegomena
(1994, 216p, Dutch)
(3) The Seven Ways : an Interpretation
(1995, 214p, Dutch)
(4) Knowledge
(1995, 456p, Dutch)
(5) Chaos
(1996, 330p, Dutch)
(6) The Pyramid Texts of Unas
(2006, 758KB, English)
(7) Neurophilosophy of Sensation
(2007, 1MB, English)
(8) Commentary on the Pyramid Texts of Unas
(2007, 324KB, English)
(9) Criticosynthesis
(2008, 587p, English)
(10) Critique of a Metaphysics of Process
(2012, 512p, English)
(11) The Yoga-Sûtra of Patañjali : a Buddhist Commentary
(2014, 716KB, English)
(12) The Book of Lemmas
(2014, 797KB, English)

(13) Practicing the Buddhadharma
(2014, English, 1803KB)


WEBPAPERS


(01) A Cybernetical Anthropology
(1993, 113p, Dutch)
(02) An Aesthetic of the Excellent & the Sublime
(1993, 72p, Dutch)
(03) Sepher Yetzirah
(1993, 72p, Dutch)
(04) On Seven Ways of Holy Love
(1993, 41p, Dutch)
(05) Q1
(1996, 32p, Dutch)
(06) YHVH
(1995, 10p, English)
(07) The Mystical Theology
(1996, 102p, Dutch)
(08) Introduction to Classical Yoga
(1997, English)
(09) Singularity & Plurality in the Name(s) of the Divine
(1997, English)
(10)
Essay on Theodicy : the Scandal of Evil ?
(1998 - 2004, English)

(11) Towards the Jubilee of the Historical Jesus ?
(1998, English)
(12) From the Jesus-people to Early Christianity
(1998 - 2004, English)
(13) The Wisdom Discourse or the "Logia Iesu"
(1998 - 2004, English)
(14) Identifying the Historical Jesus
(1998 - 2004, English)
(15) The "Words of Jesus" : an Interpretation
(1998 - 2004, English)
(16) Jesus the Christ : a theology
(1998 - 2004, English)
(17) Essay on Sufi Themes
(1999, English)
(18) On Being and the Majesty of the Worlds
(1999, English)
(19)
Against the Free Will
(1999, English)
(20) On the Water of Life
(2000, English)
(21) On the Polished Mirror
(2000, English)
(22) The Yoga-Sûtra of Patañjali
(1997, English)
(23) Q1
(1997, English)
(24) Le Yoga-Sûtra de Patañjali
(1997, French)
(25) The Gospel of (according to) Thomas
(1997, English)
(26) On Seven Ways of Holy Love
(1998, English)
(27) The Third Life
(1998, Dutch & English)
(28) The Rules of the Game of True Knowing
(1999, Dutch & English)
(29) The Theology of Memphis
(2001, English)
(30) The Didache
(2001, English)
(31) The Great Hymn to the Aten
(2001, English)
(32) Discourse of a Man with his Ba
(2001, English)
(33) To Become A Magician
(2001, English)
(34) On the Shabaka Stone
(2001, English)
(35) Portal to a Colorful Recital
(2002, English)
(36) Tabula Smaragdina
(2002, English)
(37) The Creative Verb in Kemet
(2002, English)
(38) The Cannibal Hymn
(2002, English)
(39) Amun, the Great God, Hidden, One and Millions
(2002, English)
(40) The Scales of the Balance of Wisdom
(2002, English)
(41) The Maxims of Good Discourse of Ptahhotep
(2002, English)

(42)
Hermes the Egyptian
(2002, English)
(43)
A Spiritual Brainmind
(2003, English)
(44)
Alexandro-Egyptian Hellenism and Hermetism
(2003, English
)
(45)
The Instruction of Amen-em-apt, son of Kanakht
(2003, English)
(46) The Instruction of Amenemhat
(2003, English)
(47) Christian Orthodoxy and the Holy Spirit
(2004, English
)
(48)
The Instruction to Merikare
(2004, English)
(49) Amduat : the Book of the Hidden Chamber
(2004, English)
(50) On Henotheism
(2004, English)

(51) Does the Divine exist ?
(2005, 615KB, English)
(52) Liber Nun : everlasting Abyss and eternal Pleroma
(2005, English)
(53) The Ten Keys : Egyptian roots of the Principia Hermetica
(2005, English)
(54) Amduat : Egyptian Pataphysics of Creation
(2005, English)
(55) Escaping Osiris
(2005, English)
(56) Epistemological Clearings
(2006, English)
(57) Behaviours : On Critical Ethics
(2006, English)
(58) The Book of the Heavenly Cow
(2006, English)
(59) Tabula Tabularum Esotericum
(2006, English)
(60) Intelligent Wisdom : from Myth to Nondual Thought
(2007, English)
(61) Sensations : On Critical Esthetics
(2007, English)
(62) Theory & Practice of Philosophy
(2007, English)
(63) Amduat : Summary & Commentary
(2008, English)
(64) Emptiness Panacea
(2008, English)
(65) The Window of the Good Heart
(2009, English)
(66) The Tao, Emptiness & Process Theology
(2009, English)
(67) On the Deity
(2009, English)
(68) The Adoration of Re
(2009, English)
(69) On Ultimate Logic
(2009, English)
(70) A Philosophy of the Mind and Its Brain
(2009, English)
(71)
The Farben Project : Retuning, Coloration & Psycho-Acoustics
(2014, English)
(72) Practicing the Buddhadharma (Ati-Yoga)
(2014, English)
(73)
Guided Insight Meditations (I) : Self-Emptiness
(2014, English)
(74) The Thirty Verses on Conscious Life : the Trimśikā of Vasubandhu
(2015, English)
(75)
The End of Physicalism
(2015, English)
(76) Awakening Precludes Psychopathy
(2015, English)


"Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius. (...) Music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music." - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


MUSICAL TRY-OUTS

(01) Joyful Trio (2013)
(02) Ending Winter (2013)
(03) Four Woodwinds (2013)
(04) For Choir & Flute (2013)
(05) Ave Maria for Soprano & Harp (2013)
(06) Buffonic Fugue (2013)
(07) River Scheldt (2013)
(08) Kekoe Zemaoe (2013)
(09) Hymn to Petrox (2013)
(10) Theme with Variations (2013)
(11)
Apeiron (2014)
(12)
Lady Macbeth (2014)
(13) Caritas Dei (2014)
(14) Aqua Sapientiae (2014)
(15) String Quartet n°1 (2014)
(16) Lux Fulgebit (2014)
(17) Three Minutes for Wind Quintet (2015)
(18) Duet for Violin and Clarinet in Bes (2015)
(19) Trio for Violin, Clarinet in Bes and Horn (2015)
(20) Trio for Violin, Cello and Clarinet in A (2015)


"Most men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up and continue as if nothing happened." - Churchill

 

first schoolday - 1966

"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the more often and steadily we reflect upon them : the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."
Kant, I. : Critique of Practical Reason, conclusion, on his tombstone.

"Thought is the enemy of compassion, obviously !" - Krishnamurti

"All I do is put in motion the heavenly mechanism in me, I'm not aware of how the thing works." - Chuang tzu

"No matter what the practice or teaching, ego loves to wait in ambush to appropriate spirituality for its own survival and gain."
Chögyam Trungpa : Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism.

"Work diligently on your salvation." -
Buddha Shakyamuni
"Be empty, that is all." - Chuang tzu


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