A book on the religious, mystic origins and substance of philosophy This is a critical survey of ancient and modern sources and of scholarly works dealing with Orpheus and everything related to this major figure of ancient Greek myth, religion and philosophy Here poetic madness meets religious initiation and Platonic philosophy This book contains fascinating insights into the usually downplaid relations between Egyptian initiation, Greek mysteries and Plato s philosophy and followers, right into Hellenistic Neoplatonic and Hermetic developments....
|Title||:||Orpheus and the Roots of Platonism|
|Publisher||:||The Matheson Trust December 1, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||118 pages|
|File Size||:||680 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Orpheus and the Roots of Platonism Reviews
Amazon user reviews of Mr. Uzdavinys's monograph show that, for a certain type of reader, this brief book repays close study. The monograph is not intended for beginners; rather for a species of seasoned scholars. It favors an audience already familiar with its subject matter and vocabulary, some of its terms being defined in (and -- if Google be a guide -- only in) the same author's Dictionary of Spiritual Terms. Here's a sample from page 3: "The telestic madness is anagogic, and leads the soul to its forgotten origins through the theurgic rites of ascent or other sacramental means of purification. The inspired telestic liturgies (telestike, hieratike telesiourgia, theophoria) are not necessarily to be regarded straightforwardly as 'operations on the gods', thus deliberately and incorrectly equating the animated cultic statues located in the context of particular ritual communications with the invisible metaphysical principles themselves. Otherwise, tacitly or not, the polemical premises for a certain iconoclastic bias are maintained."
Clearly a master on the subject. Not many books show the relationship between Orpheus and Platonism in such a concise and clear way.
The author was not only an astute scholar, but combined noetic wisdom in this insightful exposé of the Orphic-Pythagorean-Platonic tradition or "stream of consciousness." Modern academia would be well advised to reconsider the true function of philosophy as an aspect of the perinneal wisdom and its transformative power as opposed to the current vogue of dry intellectualism.
This is an amazing book that sheds light on the ambiguity of the Orphic beliefs. It shows how it seem to have started in Egypt, bu the main source of what we know are in the Platonic dialogues. It was amazing to see the circle of birth, life and death; the punishment or reward in between, and how Plato thought that if you were a philosopher for three life times in a row you would become the God that was trapped in your flesh. Once one would have achieved apotheosis then at the end of that life time they would be able to dine in the Tower of Cronus with the rest of the Gods.
Here is a book which defies the general modern scholarly consensus (which tends to view philosophy--even its history!--through a post-enlightenment lens). Algis Uzdavinys does not see the origins of philosophy in Greek rationalism in and of itself; rather he looks to the Orphic mysteries (which bear significant similarities with the Egyptian/Babylonian mysteries) as instrumental in the origins of the Platonic philosophy and hence all ancient thinking. This thesis therefore proposes that mantic religion and scientific thinking are not so diametrically opposed as modern academics assume. In fact, it is not their separation which makes ancient philosophy, philosophy; it is, however, their unity which makes for the most complete philosophical system. This book is highly recommended along with 'Philosophy and Theurgy' and 'Philosophy as a Rite of Rebirth' by the same author.
This is an excellent book as far as employing content to show another way to trace the line from religious thought to philosophical contemplation as to what that meant both religiously and philosophically.