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From Religion to Philosophy: A Study in the Origins of Western Speculation: F. M. Cornford
Dover Publications | ISBN: 0486433722 | 2004-04-30 | PDF (OCR) | 288 pages | 20.24 Mb
This exploration of early Western philosophy traces the religious roots of science and systematic speculation. Cornford, a distinguished historian of ancient philosophy, combines deep classical scholarship with anthropological and sociological insights to examine the mythic precursors of enduring metaphysical concepts - such as destiny, God, the soul, substance, nature, and immortality.
It is commonly accepted that the first attempts at rational inquiry took place six centuries before our era. With the advent of Greek Science and Philosophy some of the traditional belief systems were reevaluated and reshaped. But is there a real separation, a borderline between More...
the scientific (Ionian) and mystical (Italiote) systems of thought? Cornford's From Religion to Philosophy: A Study in the Origins of Western Speculation argues that these two seemingly separate provinces of thought are two successive phases in the development of human feelings and beliefs. His vast knowledge of classical philosophy, mythology, anthropology and sociology allow him to examine the common ground between supernatural beliefs and rational speculations of pre-Socratic philosophers. A remarkable study indeed!!!