Tertium Organum – P. D. Ouspensky (1923) (2nd ed)


Tertium Organum – P. D. Ouspensky (1923) (2nd ed)


Title: Tertium Organum: A Key to the Enigmas of the World

Author: P. D. Ouspensky, Nicholas Bessaraboff and Claude Bragdon (trans.)

Publisher: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1923. 2nd edition, revised.

Condition: Hardcover, no dust jacket. Noticeable wear, but book is well-bound and text is clean. Bookplate on endpaper, “Alfred & Frances Pape). Inscription on ffep. 336pp., with a foldout table. App 10″ by 6.5”.

SKU: ouspensky-tertium Categories: ,

Contents (summarized):

  1. Describes epistemology, Kant’s system, positive philosophy
  2. Hinton, the geometrical conception of space, matter and motion
  3. The fourth dimension, and its relation to three-dimensional bodies
  4. The fourth dimension, concepts of space and time, “time-sense”, “space-sense”
  5. Four-dimensional space, the temporal body, difference between 3D and 4D
  6. Investigating higher dimensions, an amgle as motion
  7. Mathematical definition of dimensions, non-Euclidian geometry vs metageometry, our psyche
  8. Sensation, perception, conception, intuition, the animal psyche
  9. Animals and perception
  10. The spatial understanding of time, mechanical motion and life, the four-dimensional sphere
  11. Science and the problem of the fourth dimension, the new physics, relativity
  12. Analysis of phenomena, life, consciousness, transformation of energy
  13. The apparent and hidden side of life, the artificial world created by science
  14. The relationship of phenomena which appear unrelated, Plato, occult understanding
  15. Occultism and love, love and death, the creative force of love, Nietzsche
  16. Brain and consciousness, unity of the world, rational and irrational actions
  17. A living and rational universe, animated nature, the face of Mahadeva, Zendavesta
  18. Pure and impure emotions, personal and super-personal emotions, moral esthetics, knowlege of God and knowledge of Beauty
  19. The intellectual method, objective knowledge, Plotinus, dreams, waking consciousness, nirvana
  20. The sense of infinity, mathematics, transfinite numbers
  21. Man’s transition to higher logic, Organon of Aristotle and Novum Organum of Bacon
  22. Theosophy of Max Muller, ancient India, and overview of mystics
  23. Cosmic consciousness of Dr. Bucke

About Ouspensky (from Wikipedia):

Pyotr Demianovich Ouspenskii (5 March 1878 – 2 October 1947), was a Russian esotericist known for his expositions of the early work of the Greek-Armenian teacher of esoteric doctrine George Gurdjieff, whom he met in Moscow in 1915.

All in all, Ouspensky studied the Gurdjieff system directly under Gurdjieff’s own supervision for a period of ten years, from 1915 to 1924. His book In Search of the Miraculous recounts what he learned from Gurdjieff during those years. While lecturing in London in 1924, he announced that he would continue independently the way he had begun in 1921. Some, including his close pupil Rodney Collin, say that he finally gave up the system in 1947, just before his death, but his own recorded words on the subject (“A Record of Meetings”, published posthumously) do not clearly endorse this judgement, nor does Ouspensky’s emphasis on “you must make a new beginning” after confessing “I’ve left the system”.