The Origins of European Thought about the Body, the Mind, the Soul, the World, Time, and Fate: New Interpretations of Greek, Roman and kindred evidence, also of some basic Jewish and Christian beliefs. Philosophy, Richard Broxton ONIANS.
The Origins of European Thought about the Body, the Mind, the Soul, the World, Time, and Fate: New Interpretations of Greek, Roman and kindred evidence, also of some basic Jewish and Christian beliefs.

The Origins of European Thought about the Body, the Mind, the Soul, the World, Time, and Fate: New Interpretations of Greek, Roman and kindred evidence, also of some basic Jewish and Christian beliefs.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1954. Second Edition. Hardcover. Large thick octavo. xviii + 584pp. Blue cloth with gilt lettering and rules to spine. Index. A study of metaphysical thought in the ancient world, and the way it shaped later philosophy and religion. From the Preface: "What is the nature of the mind? What are its processes? What is the soul? What is the nature of life? What happens at death and after? What is the significance of the body and of its various parts in men, in animals, in plants? What is the form of the world and how did it originate? By what forces and what means are human destinies determined? What are universals? What is time? This book began in an attempt to discover the earliest answers of the Greeks and of the Romans to these fundamental questions, the beliefs which for centuries satisfied their minds and governed their actions. These beliefs appear to have been embodied in and to explain also a multitude of words and passages in literature, of theories in later philosophy and science, and of legends, myths, and customs. To the faithful eye and the sympathetic imagination there emerges a strange vision, a remarkable system of beliefs, coherent in itself and, when we grasp the appearances of things strangely conspiring, not unreasonable.... This vision seems to have been largely shared by other peoples, including Semites and, among 'Indo-Europeans', our own Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic ancestors. For, while I have looked first and hardest at the relevant phenomena of experience and at the Greek and Roman evidence, I have adduced evidence also from other languages and literatures .. The work may be of some interest to scholars in these fields and to philosophers, anthropologists, historians of science, and students of religion, as well as to the plain man who would penetrate into prehistoric times and the beginnings of our civilisation. There are a good many things of general interest by the way (e.g. the explanations of magic, of the attitude to sex, of Hell-fire, of the Holy Spirit, of the belief that Christ is the son of God). Cloth a little rubbed, spine sunned, spine ends and corners lightly bruised and chafed, page edges & endpapers darkened, owner's name blind sealed on lower edge of front blank, pages toned - but unmarked. Overall a tight, clean VG+ copy. (no dust jacket). Item #64191

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