Metanoia, continuum and quaternity

(This is a translated excerpt from the essay “Espíritu del Cuaternario” (Spirit of quaternity)

After so many considerations on science we need to return to a more general perspective.

It was probably as a reaction against the intrinsic idealism encapsulated in the trinitarian symbol that a number of thinkers of diverse orientation turned in the twentieth century, and especially after the post-war period, towards quaternary schemes as symbols of totality. Jung was maybe the first perceiving the need for this shift, followed later by such well-known authors as Heidegger with his earth-heaven-celestial-mortal quaternity, or the Schumacher of the magnificent “Guide for the Perplexed” with his fourfold field of knowledge: inner self, inner world, outer self, outer world, opposed two by two as determinants of experience, appearance, communication and science.

Another one of those thinkers was Raymond Abellio, who also presented a quaternary model of perception and thus of knowledge, in which the mere relation between the object and the sense organ is always only a part of a larger proportion —a relation of relations— , since the object presupposes the world and the sensation of the organ a whole body that organizes it and gives it a definite sense:

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