- Tapa blanda: 288 páginas
- Editor: Dover Publications Inc. (28 de mayo de 2004)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0486433722
- ISBN-13: 978-0486433721
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From Religion to Philosophy: A Study in the Origins of Western Speculation (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 28 may 2004
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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.
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Because this work is nearly a hundred years old, there are a few sections which are fairly dated. In particular, the attempts to trace the origin of religious thought seem to be quite out of date. However, these are largely marginal issues regarding Cornford's main case, and his detailed review of Greek religious and philosophical cosmologies is well done.
This work is not comprehensive. I am aware of many more parallels between Greek religious and philosophical thought than are found in this book However, the goal of the author was not to simply list these but to show that the origins of classical philosophy lie in collective representations of the cosmos inherited from the religious sphere.
I would highly recommend this work.
At one point in this epic account Cornford explains that ancient Greek philosophers did not argue so much as describe since their ideas were merely logical articulations of Greek religion. Unfortunately, Cornford tends to engage in this kind of philosophizing himself. One can see an example of asserting rather than arguing throughout his account of the evolution of Greek religion.
This book is then not so much an exercise in classical scholarship as a philosophic account of its own. Like the The Genealogy of Morals or Beyond Good and Evil, Cornford has an overt philosophic perspective on ancient Greek culture that he would like to see applied to early twentieth century Europe.
This is not to say that this book is not worth reading. Friedrich Nietzsche’s explorations of Greek culture have become genuine classics. But the prospective reader should know that this book aspires more to be a classic than an exercise in classical scholarship. With a proper knowledge of its genre, one can appreciate the sweeping nature of Cornford’s theories on the genesis of Greek religion and philosophy.