Contingent Immaterialism

Mijuskovic’s second major work on the simplicity argument was published ten years after his first. Contingent Immaterialism is predominantly based upon previous articles and is a comprehensive look at the fifth through seventh uses of the simplicity argument.

The structure of the book is divided into three sections, the first two are pertinent to the philosophical dimensions of the simplicity argument and the third delves into its implications for contemporary clinical therapy. The second through fourth chapters each tackle a particular use. The fifth chapter is a republished version of “The Simplicity Argument versus a Materialist Theory of Consciousness.” The sixth chapter begins the transition from the simplicity argument to loneliness that continues a progression of thought through the end of the book. It focuses upon three aspects of consciousness which have a quality of transcendence: meanings, time and freedom. It is in these last chapters that the reader gets a clearer sense of the influence of existentialism upon Mijuskovic’s thought. The seventh chapter continues the discussion of time that the fourth chapter introduces, but it builds upon the case for the immateriality of the space-time continuum through further examination of Heidegger, Kant, Bergson and Husserl. The last chapter discusses the psycho-social implications of the previous chapters and offers an interdisciplinary survey of the inherent loneliness of man as it is manifested in philosophy, psychology and literature.

Contingent Immaterialism is a bridge between the philosophy and psychology of the simplicity argument. Mijuskovic’s third book Loneliness is a further exploration of the logical conclusion of solipsism. Individuals are basically left to consider one of two alternatives. The mind is inaccessible from outside human contact or the mind is only accessible to God.[1] Whether one is inclined to believe the former or the latter largely depends upon his or her religious convictions. If solipsism is the ultimate state of human consciousness, loneliness is a huge motivating factor for human behavior. The isolated state of mental life results in pursuits of pleasure and connectedness through friendship, marriage, and sexual relations.

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