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"The importance of [Luchte's] new book is based on his synthetic approach to the fragmentary traces of the Pythagorean movement. The symbol of transmigration is used as a hermeneutic key which gives access to the 'family similarity' (in the sense of Wittgenstein) of Pythagoras' seemingly heterogeneous teaching on mathematics, music, cosmology, ethics, theology, and the soul. He seeks to reconstruct Pythagoras' philosophy against the background of a 'magical' concept of thinking-practice which does not simply depict a 'given' reality, but considers philosophical concepts as part of a 'way of life' (Pierre Hadot) or as tools to be used in 'spiritual exercises' (Michel Foucault)." — Johannes Hoff, University of Wales, Lampeter, UK

"Resisting mightily the lure of logical, mathematical, or scientific philosophy, Luchte offers a poetico-phenomenological exploration of the doctrine that souls migrate to another body when the old one dies, as an intimate philosophical interpretation or hermeneutics of tragic existence. His emphasis on the body and praxis in the Pythagorean bios precludes the link with Plato that so many philosophers long for. Among his topics are the emergence of mystic cults and the immortal soul, the alleged critique of Pythagoras by Parmenides, the Pythagorean divine between earth and sky, the Platonic rupture, and Plotinus and the ascent of the soul toward the one." -Eithne O'Leyne, BOOK NEWS, Inc.



James Luchte writes about Pythagorus and the theory of transmigration with a wide range of cultural reference and a Socratic sense of the important of philosophy as an activity: this is a stimulating essay on the history of ideas.
(The Anglo-Hellenic Review)

“The importance of [Luchte’s] new book is based on his synthetic approach to the fragmentary traces of the Pythagorean movement. The symbol of transmigration is used as a hermeneutic key which gives access to the 'family similarity’ (in the sense of Wittgenstein) of Pythagoras’ seemingly heterogeneous teaching on mathematics, music, cosmology, ethics, theology, and the soul. He seeks to reconstruct Pythagoras’ philosophy against the background of a 'magical’ concept of thinking-practice which does not simply depict a 'given’ reality, but considers philosophical concepts as part of a 'way of life’ (Pierre Hadot) or as tools to be used in 'spiritual exercises’ (Michel Foucault).” – Johannes Hoff, University of Wales, Lampeter, UK

James Luchte writes about Pythagorus and the theory of transmigration with a wide range of cultural reference and a Socratic sense of the important of philosophy as an activity: this is a stimulating essay on the history of ideas.
(Sanford Lakoff)

About the Author

James Luchte is Lecturer of Philosophy and Programme Co-ordinator of the MA in European Philosophy at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David, in Wales. His other publications include The Peacock and the Buffalo: The Poetry of Nietzsche (translator), Pythagoras and the Doctrine of Transmigration, Heidegger's Early Philosophy: The Phenomenology of Ecstatic Temporality, Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra: Before Sunrise (editor) and Kant's Critique of Pure Reason: A Reader's Guide (all Continuum). He has also published numerous articles on various topics in European Philosophy.

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  • Series: Bloomsbury Studies in Ancient Philosophy
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (October 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082646436X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826464361
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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James Luchte is a philosopher, political thinker, writer and poet.

He is engaged in the philosophy of existence (Early Greek thought, Marx, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Bataille, Foucault and Deleuze) and the role of language, action and art in the disclosure of truth and in the transformation of reality.

Currently, he is Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

His books include Mortal Thought: Holderlin and Philosophy (2016), Marx and the Revolution of the Sacred (2015), Of the Feral Children: A Mayan Farce (2012/2015), Early Greek Thought: Before the Dawn (2011), The Peacock and the Buffalo: The Poetry of Nietzsche (bi-lingual second edition, 2010), Pythagoras and the Doctrine of Transmigration (2009), Heidegger's Early Philosophy: The Phenomenology of Ecstatic Temporality (2008), Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra: Before Sunrise (2008), and Kant's Critique of Pure Reason (2007).

To read his essays, visit his website James Luchte: Philosophy at http://luchte.wordpress.com.

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James Luchte's "Pythagoras the Doctrine of Transmigration," subtitled "Wandering Souls," is a carefully researched and deeply poetic archaeology of the soul as the Pythagoreans almost certainly experienced it. Luchte takes the reader directly to the central Pythagorean metaphor for gaining oneness with the All--the functionally termless wandering of "each" soul through innumerable physical configurations in a partially recollected, yet largely unconscious, quest over eons to eventually acquire the totality of the experiences of all manifested entities--and thereby recover the knowledge of the Divine, the absolute Memory of the primordial Whole. By transporting the reader inside the Pythagorean mind, Luchte's account neutralizes more superficial, and sterile, renderings of who Pythagoras was and what he taught. "Pythagoras" is a riveting and haunting exploration of the twilight nature of Nature, Itself, in Luchte's mirror, thoroughly and irremediably haunted.
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