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Healing Hypotheses  

APPENDIX N

MODERN WORLD AND NEW THOUGHT

Items most closely related to the "Metaphysical Movement" are indented once, wars twice; New Thought-related people are bolded; many important people, events, and books are omitted; dates of periods are highly debatable.

 

THE RENAISSANCE (1453 [fall of Constantinople]-1690
[Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding])
 
1463-1536 Erasmus: humanistic church reformer
1473-1543 Copernicus: heliocentric astronomy
1483-1546 Luther: Started Protestant Reformation
1509-1564 Calvin: absolute God, predestination
1519-1522 Conquest of Mexico
1548-1600 Bruno: infinite living universe, monads
1562-1598 Wars of Religion
1564-1642 Galileo
1618-1648 Thirty Years' War
1642-1649 English Civil War
1642-1727 Newton (1687 Principia)
 
THE ENLIGHTENMENT   (1690-1781 [Kant's Critique of Pure Reason])
 
CONTINENTAL RATIONALISM
1596-1650 Descartes: metaphysical dualism: thought (mind) and extension (matter)
1632-1677 Spinoza: rationalistic pantheist
1644-1716 Leibniz: panpsychistic idealist
 
BRITISH EMPIRICISM
1561-1626 Francis Bacon: empiricist; knowledge is

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power
1588-1679 Hobbes: materialist
1632-1704 Locke: empiricist, mataphysical dualist
1685-1753 Berkeley: idealist; to be is to perceive or to be perceived
1711-1776 Hume: phenomenalist (Locke - material substance = Berkeley; Berkeley - spiritual substance = Hume)
 
OTHER
1651 Hobbes, Leviathan
1688-1772 Swedenborg
1689-1755 Montesquieu
1694-1778 Voltaire
1703-1758 Edwards
1706-1790 Franklin
1712-1778 Rousseau
1724-1804 Kant
1733-1815         Mesmer
1741 Handel, Messiah
1747 LaMettrie, Man a Machine
1748-1832 Bentham
1762-1814 Fichte
1768-1834 Schleiermacher
1771 Swedenborg, True Christian Religion
1770-1831 Hegel
1772-1833 Ram Mohan Roy
1775-1783                 American Revolution
1775-1854 Schelling
1788-1860 Schopenhauer
1789-1802                 French Revolution
1792-1867 Victor Cousin
1795-1872         John Bovee Dods
1798-1857 Comte
1799-1888 A. Bronson Alcott
1802-1866         Quimby
1803 Dalton's atomic theory
1803-1882 Emerson

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1804-1872 Feuerbach
1805-1844 Joseph Smith
1806-1873 J. S. Mill
1807 Hegel, Phenomenology of Mind
1808 Goethe, Faust I
1809-1882 Charles Darwin
1810-1860 Theodore Parker
1812-1815                 War of 1812
1813-1855 Kierkegaard
1815-1903 Renouvier
1817-1862 Thoreau
1817-1881 Lotze
1817-1889         W. F. Evans
1817-1892 Baha' Ullah
1819 Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Idea
1818-1883 Karl Marx
1820-1903 Spencer
1820-1895 Engels
1821-1910         M. B. Eddy
1824 Beethoven, 9th Symphony; Byron, Don Juan
1826-1910         A. J. Davis
1830-33 Lyell, The Principles of Geology
1831-1891         Blavatsky
1832 Charles Babbage conceived the computer
1833 Wm. Whewell coined term "scientist"
1836-1886 Ramakrishna
1836 E m e r s o n,  N a t u r e,  s t a r t e d 
Transcendentalism
1838-1900 Sidgwick
1838-1893         J. A. Dresser
1842 Comte's materialistic positivism
1843-1935         A. G. S. Dresser
1846-1848                 Mexican War
1835-1909 W. T. Harris
c. 1838         Quimby came upon Mesmerism
1839-1914 C. S. Peirce
1840's         Quimby wrote "lecture notes"
1842-1910 William James

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1844-1900 Nietzsche
1844-1906         M. Cramer   Divine Science
1848-1906         A. B. Small    "       "
1854-1914         F. B. James   "       "
1861-1945         N. Brooks       "       "
1845-1931         M. Fillmore   Unity
1854-1948         C. Fillmore    "
1846-1888         Anna Kingsford
1847-1910 B. P. Bowne
1847-1916         T. Troward
1851 Melville, Moby-Dick
1852 Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin
1852-1933 Vaihinger
1853-1925         E. C. Hopkins
1854 Thoreau, Walden
1855-1916 J. Royce
1858-1947 Max Planck
1859 Darwin, The Origin of Species
1859-1938 S. Alexander 
1859-1938 Husserl
1859-65         Quimby wrote articles
1859-1941 Bergson
1859-1952 John Dewey
1861-1865                 U. S. Civil War
1861-1925 R. Steiner
1861-1947 Whitehead
1862-1902 Vivekananda
1862-1933         W. W. Atkinson
1864-1936 Unamuno
1866-1954         H. W. Dresser
1869         Evans, The Mental-Cure (1st proto-New Thought book)
1869-1948 Gandhi
1871-1960 Flewelling
1872-1950 Aurobindo
1872-1970 Russell
1873 James Clerk Maxwell, Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism (leading to

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relativity & quantum theory)
1874-1948 Berdyaev
1875         Eddy, Science and Health; Theosophical Society founded
1875-1965 Schweitzer
1878-1965 Butler
1879-1955 Einstein
1880-1936 Spengler
1882 (British) Society for Psychical Research started
1883-1973 Jaspers
1884-1953 Brightman
1884-1975 Wieman 
1884-1976 Bultmann
1885 American Society for Psychical Research started
1886-1965 Tillich
1886-1968 Barth
1887         J. Dresser, The True History of Mental Science
1887-1960         E. Holmes          Religious Science
1888-1975 Radhakrishnan
1889-1966 Brunner
1889-1951 Wittgenstein
1889-1975 Toynbee
1889-1976 Heidegger
1892         International Divine Science Association founded by Cramer
1892-1971 Niebuhr
1893 The World's Parliament of Religions (popularized Eastern Religions in U. S.)
1893-1985         Taniguchi         Seicho-No-Ie
1893 Hudson, The Law of Psychic Phenomena
1897 Hartshorne born
1898                Spanish-American War
1899         First "New Thought Convention," Hartford
1899         International Metaphysical League

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started, Boston
1900 Planck began quantum theory
1900 Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams
1901 Bucke, Cosmic Consciousness
1902 James The Varieties of Religious Experience
1905, 1907, & 1916 Einstein's theories of relativity
1905-1980 Sartre
1907 James, Pragmatism; Bergson, Creative Evolution
1908 Bowne, Personalism 
1910-1989 Bertocci
1914         Earlier associations became International New Thought Alliance
1914-1918                 World War I
1917-1922                 Russian Revolution and Civil War
1921         Dresser, The Quimby Manuscripts
1929 Whitehead, Process and Reality
1929 Hubble proved universe expanding
1935-1936                 Italo-Ethiopian War
1936-1939                 Spanish Civil War
1937-1945                 Second Sino-Japanese War
1939-1945                 World War II
1948-1949, 1956, 1967, 1973       Arab-Israel Wars
1950-1953                 Korean War
1960-1975                 Vietnam War
1987         

First paper on New Thought presented at an American Academy of Religion meeting, Boston, with start of discussions leading to founding of Society for the Study of Metaphysical Religion.

1988         Seale, P. P. Quimby: The Complete Writings
1991                 Persian Gulf War
1991         First public session of SSMR held, Tampa.

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