In fact, Asals goes so far as to write that acceptance of the double never occurs and cannot occur in O'Connor's fiction because the double is "the supreme triumph of the hylic
, the final encompassing of the self by the world of matter" (120):
Borrowing from the Neoplatonists, this philosophy incorporated religious doctrines and probably orbited three analogous levels: "the divine (the sphere of light), the ethereal (the eight celestial spheres), and the hylic
(the sublunar core in which matter is involved in constant process of change)".
The term hylic (from [phrase ommitted], meaning crude undifferentiated material) was applied to tumors that appeared to be derived from connective tissues.
The terms in question are 'hylic' and 'lepidic,' meaning respectively a pulplike type of structure and a covering-cell type of structure without embryo implications."
For Plutarch, Isis' association with the moon marks her as an intermediary deity whose more ready contact with the hylic
world allows her ultimately to point the worshipper to the highest level of deity which for her is represented by her brother/consort Osiris, who is associated with the sun.
Irenaeus coined the term gnostikoi, those capable of learning, to identify various schools making this claim, some of whom also claimed certain other perspectives, including docetism (Christ appeared to have been human with a human body and to have died on the cross); a tri-fold hierarchical theological anthropology in which humans fell into the classes of pneumatic (spiritual), psychic (ensouled), or hylic
(material); and a spiritualized soteriology that denied the resurrection of the body and assured salvation for the pneumatics alone.
Vehicles of consciousness: The concept of hylic
To put is simply, a discarnate supersensory hylic
ponderable somatic macrocosm that lifts the nebula tectonics to a sphere never before encountered on a rubbish dump.
There are four prevalent interpretations of the Canticle's Wife in the Latin Christian tradition up to fray Luis' time: (1) an allegory of the Church; (2) a symbol of the soul; (3) a reference to the Virgin Mary; and (4) the hylic
intellect in scholastic psychology.