From Religion to Philosophy: A Study in the Origins of Western Speculation / Edition 1
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From Religion to Philosophy: A Study in the Origins of Western Speculation / Edition 1

by Francis MacDonald Cornford
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691020760

ISBN-13: 9780691020761

Pub. Date: 11/08/1991

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Although often considered as separate provinces of thought, religion and philosophy can be regarded as two successive phases of human feelings and beliefs. This book, written by a distinguished historian of ancient philosophy, chronicles the religious roots of science and systematic speculation. Francis Macdonald Cornford (1874-1943) illustrates the continuity between

Overview

Although often considered as separate provinces of thought, religion and philosophy can be regarded as two successive phases of human feelings and beliefs. This book, written by a distinguished historian of ancient philosophy, chronicles the religious roots of science and systematic speculation. Francis Macdonald Cornford (1874-1943) illustrates the continuity between rational speculation and its religious underpinnings, showing that the transition between supernatural beliefs and metaphysical thought was far from an abrupt shift.

Cornford traces the remarkable burst of abstract speculation among pre-Socratic thinkers of the sixth century B.C. from the religious thought of the preceding era in Greece. Combining deep classical scholarship with anthropological and sociological insights, he examines the mythic precursors of enduring metaphysical concepts such as destiny, God, the soul, substance, nature, and immortality. His original and engaging explorations profile the rise of a new spirit of rational inquiry from traditional beliefs, demonstrating that philosophy's modes of clear definition and explicit statement were already implicit in the unreasoned intuitions of mythology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691020761
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/08/1991
Series:
Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
285
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacev
I.Destiny and Law1
II.The Origin of Moira40
III.Nature, God, and Soul73
IV.The Datum of Philosophy124
V.The Scientific Tradition144
VI.The Mystical Tradition160
Index of Citations264
General Index270

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