When limited by the body, the metaphysician is among bodies but sees the intelligences behind them. When no longer so limited, he will be among the intelligences behind the physical. The word “behind” here does not indicate a position.


  1. George Breed said,

    January 28, 2009 at 4:37 am

    Perhaps “the intelligences” are similar to what Ibn ‘Arabi means by the Imaginal — the third realm in addition to the sensory and the rational.

  2. January 28, 2009 at 5:35 am

    We understand them as “not knowing by receiving information from physical things”. We know the physical only by being informed by it, they know the physical without being informed by it.

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