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The Clairvoyant States of Franz Kafka

June O. Leavitt

in The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199827831
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919444 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827831.003.0010
The Clairvoyant States of Franz Kafka

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This chapter presents the classical theory about clairvoyance and contrasts it to Kafka’s confession to Rudolph Steiner about being clairvoyant and to the discourse on clairvoyance popularized by the modern Theosophical movement. The chapter analyzes the statement that Kafka made to Steiner during their meeting that his soul yearned for “Theosophy,” in light of the tremendous impact which the founder of modern Theosophy, Madame H.P. Blavatsky, made on European arts, literature and culture.

Keywords: Kafka; Rudolph Steiner; theosophy; prague; occult; psychic; mystical state; mystical experience; abstract expressionism; spiritualism

Chapter.  7207 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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