Introduction to The Philosophy of The Numen


Editorial Note: We reproduce here a 2010 article by David Myatt (revised by him in January 2011) and which article – about his ‘numinous way’ – was one of the many he, post-2012, rejected when he evolved that ‘numinous way’ into his ‘philosophy of pathei-mathos’. In a 2014 note titled ‘Disclaimer’ he wrote: {quote} I reject and disown all my pre-2011 writings and effusions, with the exception of my Greek translations, the poetry included in the published collection ‘One Exquisite Silence’ (ISBN 978-1484179932), some private letters written between 2002 and 2011, and those few items about my since much revised ‘numinous way’ which are included in post-2012 publications such as ‘The Numinous Way of Pathei-Mathos’ (ISBN 978-1484096642). {/quote}

The reason for his rejection of this Introduction to the Philosophy of The Numen article seems inscrutable to us, given that it raises some interesting points which as far we know he has not subsequently returned to and given that – at least to us – it does not, with one exception, seem to conflict with his post-2012 writings about his ‘philosophy of pathei-mathos’. That exception is his paragraphs about democracy and ‘the state’ in footnote 7. Whatever the reason for its rejection, it reveals something about the evolution of his thought; an evolution he wrote about in his 2012 essay The Development of the Numinous Way.

The Philosophy of The Numen