Hellenic Philosophy: Origin And Character by Christos C. Evangeliou PDF

By Christos C. Evangeliou

ISBN-10: 0754658473

ISBN-13: 9780754658474

Tracing the ancient starting place and the severe improvement of Hellenic philosophy from obscure and indeterminate beginnings to its classical adulthood and fruition within the minds, phrases and works of the Athenian philosophers, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, this booklet argues that dignified the Aristocracy, respectful critique and unfettered freedom of notion and expression in actual fact outlined the nature of Classical Hellenic philosophy and that this distinguishes it from philosophies of alternative eras. Evangeliou examines the old impact of Hellenic philosophy and its complicated international kinfolk to different non-Hellenic philosophies of Africa, Asia and Europe and likewise considers how modern and politically delicate concerns relate to the character of Western tradition and ecu philosophy. Radical and revisionary in nature, this paintings demanding situations a few of the lengthy loved myths in regards to the impact of Classical Hellenic philosophy at the culture of Western concept.

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Suffice here to say that, for the next four centuries, Christian Alexandria (together with Antioch, Corinth, and Carthage), fought and conquered pagan Rome with the newly forged spiritual weapons of Christian theology, until Constantinople, as the New Rome, took its place in 330 AD. Then, proud Alexandria fought the New Rome alone over the question of “Christian Orthodoxy,” for three more centuries. When it lost the decisive spiritual battle of Monophysitic Christology, Alexandria opened its gates and welcomed the fanatical followers of Mohammed’s successors in 642.

212-245. This tendency to use philosophical language and logical syllogisms in religious debates gave rise to the heresies of Christian Gnosticism, so much so that Harnak’s characterization of the two movements as “the chronic” and “the acute” Hellenization of the Church seems proper. On this see H. Jonas, The Gnostic Religion, 2nd revised edn (Boston, 1963), p. 36; and “Plotinus’ Anti-Gnostic Polemic and Porphyry’s Against the Christians,” in Neoplatonism and Gnosticism, R. Wallis and J. Bregman, eds (Albany, NY, 1992), pp.

He later became known as Hermes Trismegistus. I. Baumgarten, The Phoenician History of Philo of Byblus: A Commentary (Leiden, 1981), p. 18, (25). The Origin of Hellenic Philosophy 45 53. Phaedrus, 274c-d. 54. ” Thus sings the Chorus in Sophocles’ Antigone, indicating the close connection, which existed between philosophy and poetry as they were understood by the Hellenes. The inspired poet, the prudent lawgiver, the natural philosopher, and the dialectical metaphysician each had a claim to “wisdom,” which was almost equal to that of Prometheus, the great benefactor of mankind.

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