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This monograph is a exposition of philosophy as Orphean madness, what Plato called erotike mania: Nov 26, Maan Kawas rated it it was amazing. This book contains fascinating insights in A book on the religious, mystic origins and substance of philosophy.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want uzdaivnys read. He gives an electrifying sense of the vitality of ancient philosophy, and conveys the depth and profundity of its spiritual roots. Uzdavijys Spirit Thomas Yellowtail. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Adam rated it it was amazing Dec 24, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
Return to Book Page. Although the book is a heavy read, akgis is so informative and enlightening, and it made feel that I want to read more. Orpheus and the Roots of Platonism Want to Read saving…. I was deeply put off by his argument by apposition. The Golden Chain of the title refers to the ancient belief that such philosophy transmits a heritage of unitive knowledge through a succession of enlightened teachers and students.
The book demonstrates through excerpts from the great Pythagorean and Platonic writers that to these thinkers philosophy is a way of life and a means of spiritual realisation-not the dry rationalistic mental exercise philosophy has become in the modern world.
The foreword is by John Finamore. Jul 01, Jose Luis Belmonte rated it it was amazing. He strings thoughts together by association, making no effort whatsoever to motivate or explain why a mystical rite of classical antiquity necessarily had any algia to the teachings of a Persian Sufi in the eleventh century.
All this is very contestable because the little we know of Parmenides, the Orphics, and the Algia is fragmentary and inevitably interpreted through a European lens across several millenia. I believe his basic intuition is sound, and I found his effort to expound on the nature of philosophic thought with respect to its transcendental content, and his deft navigation of diverse traditions by which it played out in different forms, to be at times virtuosic.
Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Here poetic madness meets religious initiation and Platonic philosophy. West, while praising similarly speculative authors like Jan Assmann, whom he quotes liberally.
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Out front, a large, bearish man with a booming voice, a shaggy beard and unruly hair, energetically gesticulating as he answers a question about some recondite aspect of ancient Egyptian cosmology or Pythagorean mathematics or Babylonian funerary rites. Each question or comment from his interlocutors sets off a phosphoric chain-reaction of coruscating ideas, dazzling his listeners with the fizz and sparkle of his insights, his discourse punctuated with rumbling laughter. The talk endlessly ramifies in many directions as the speaker explicates his subject with the most infectious enthusiasm. He was appointed through the beneficence of a private donor who wanted to encourage the study of Tradition in all its manifold aspects. In this small but lively program Algis was able to find some kindred spirits who shared his unyielding conviction that there could be no more noble intellectual task than inquiry into the perennial wisdom which informs all integral mythological, religious and esoteric traditions. More than half a century ago, Ananda Coomaraswamy, the great art historian and perennialist, wrote this: …there is a universally intelligible language, not only verbal but also visual, of the fundamental ideas on which the different civilisations have been founded.
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By extension, it covers the range of attitudes to all traditional and philosophical ideas of Asian countries. In addition, one can speak really, not only metaphorically of the social imperialism of modern democracy, the mental imperialism of Postmodernism, the totalitarian imperialism of mass-media magic and so on. In fact, Orientalistic studies often were motivated by the quest for truth and knowledge and constituted part of the counter-culture directed against the predominated Western attitudes, be they imperialistic, positivistic, or rationalistic. However, in spite of frequent accusations for the supposed irrationality and wanting to escape into unreality, the Orientalism of the 18th—19th centuries was associated with the affirmation of intellect and reason, in contrast to the perceived irrationalities of European ideologies and institutions, such as the aggressive and simple-minded Christian missionary activities. The East ought to be happy if it still remains spiritually attractive in spite of all disillusion that derives from the immediate encounter with the modernized East along with its countless stupidities.