iatromantis

Iatromantis is similar in meaning to what we now call "Seers" or "Shamans", and the Garlic Cures argues: "The Steven Hawkings and Richard Dawkins of this world are guilty of ignorant Shamanism: Reality for the physicist, evolutionist, cosmologists and astrophysicists begins and ends with the cosmologists and physicists themselves," and, "there has also been a recent movement from pseudo philosophers, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins, to name a few, who are what Garlic would consider modern iatromantis or ignorant shamans." (page 145)

The argument is as follows (from pages 145 and 146): 'Phenomenology “is the name of an attitude of spiritual seeing in which one can see [er-schauen] or experience [er-leben] something which otherwise remains hidden, namely, a realm of facts of a particular kind.” (Selected Philosophical Essays, Phenomenology and Theory of Cognition, pg. 136) Scheler distinguishes here, when it comes to facts of a particular kind, between “method” and what he calls “attitude”, because he accepts the role of the phenomenologist as a “procedure of seeing new facts themselves, before they have been fixed by logic” (Selected Philosophical Essays, Phenomenology and Theory of Cognition, pg. 136), but Garlic doesn’t make this distinction in the terms: Garlic is the Story Teller, whereas I am is a maître de delivering the message, but for Scheler his he is still the story teller. In either case, Scheler, like Garlic, is referring to, when speaking of “attitude” or “method”, an essence that breathes Life into Existence when Life takes on the role of being engaged in Difference and Identity as they are of the Finite/Infinite. The “method” or “attitude” is mereological—parts and wholes—relationship that has, thanks to Garlic, Difference and Identity as grounding and structuring and thus “forming” or “living” content that delivers value and meaning—if only in an illusionary, probable and possible reality. The “procedure of seeing” in such a constellation is a Geisteshaltung or "disposition of the spirit" or "spiritual posture," and thus the phenomenologist is, as Garlic agrees with Scheler, an iatromantis. “It (phenomenology) looks for a content of lived-experience which ‘coincides’ with all propositions and formulas, even those of pure logic, for example, the principle of identity. Any question of the truth and validity of these propositions is suspended as long as this requirement is not fulfilled.” (Selected Philosophical Essays, Phenomenology and Theory of Cognition, pg. 138) The task of the iatromantis, though, is to become Life living. And such a “task” is not something or an activity through which fulfillment can be obtained. Life has as its living object, in that Difference is its reference point, only thaumázein.'

These are, given the nature of the new atheist movement and the fixed ideas about object reality that science cling to, fighting words.   What do you think?  Is Garlic just stinky or does it deliver a greater fragrance of truth?