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Why Aisthesis?
by Admin User - Tuesday, 12 March 2013, 11:58 AM
The term "αἴσθησις" in the Greek is typically defined as follows:

αἴσθησις (genitive αἰσθήσεως) f, third declension; (aisthēsis)
Perception from the senses, feeling, hearing, seeing
Perception by the intellect as well as the senses
That which is perceived: scent
Ability to perceive: discernment
Cognition or discernment of moral discernment in ethical matters

or as follow:

sensation, perception, as an opposite of intellection ( noesis), understanding and pure thought; more loosely – any awareness; for Plato, some aistheseis have names, such as sights, sounds, smells, cold and heat, distress, pleasures, fears, but nameless aistheseis are countless ( Theaet.156b); for Plotinus, perceptions in this world are dim intellections ( noeseis), and intellections in the noetic world are vived perceptions; Philo of Alexandria postulates an Idea of aisthesis, along with an Idea of nous, in the Intellect of God ( Leg.Alleg.I.21-27).

Consequently, Aisthesis is coupled with Noesis into what our conception of "Gnostic" really is - it is not merely intellectual activity, such as the standard classroom study or deep research, but also those perceptions that are not intellectually based. For us, the idea of Gnosis and Gnosticism must contain both aspects.

Additionally, René Chambellant, from whom our Église Gnostique Apostlique is descended as the inheritor of Constant Chevillon and Jean Bricaud before him, had a favorite author: Paul Le Cour. His work was influential upon Chambellant, and it was called:

"Le Septième Sens: l'Aisthésis ou le Chemin de la Connaissance et de l'Amour"