Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Emergence of the Fourth DimensionHigher Spatial Thinking in the Fin de Siècle$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Mark Blacklock

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198755487

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198755487.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 02 April 2020

Through

Through

The Theosophical Society, Authority, and Mediation

Chapter:
(p.135) 5 Through
Source:
The Emergence of the Fourth Dimension
Author(s):

Mark Blacklock

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198755487.003.0006

Chapter 5 considers the development in popular occultism of higher spatial ideas, with an emphasis on the Theosophical Society’s correlation of the fourth dimension with the astral plane. In so doing it describes the theoretical alignment of various speculated supernatural phenomena with higher-dimensioned space and the elaboration of these relationships in overlapping social groupings and a popular but contested body of literature. This chapter stresses a shift in rhetorical emphasis: in these accounts we have moved beyond speculation and into the presentation as empirical of ideas that maintain no basis in the empirical. The popular impact of the appropriation of higher spatial ideas by leading figures in the Theosophical Society and far briefer but no less important engagements on the part of figures whose influence in the period has long been established—Edward Carpenter and W.T. Stead—describes the elaboration and cross-fertilization of these ideas.

Keywords:   Theosophical Society, Edward Carpenter, W.T. Stead, the astral plane, C.W. Leadbeater, Annie Besant

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .