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Brendan Cathbad Myers's interest in mythology and ethics was inspired by Celtic storytelling and culture, taught to him by his Irish parents as a child. His Ph.D. doctorate is in ethics and philosophy. He has appeared on many US radio stations and podcasts, and writes a regular column in several Pagan magazines. He lives in Gatineau, Canada.
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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Moon Books (November 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178099317X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780993171
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lenora on November 19, 2013
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The Sub-heading for this book is: A history of Pagan Philosophy, from the Iron Age to the 21st Century - and it certainly does what it says on the tin! This is a weighty book and yet it is also a very lucid introduction to a vast range of philosophers and proto-philosophers from the ancient to modern. Myers traces the roots and branches of Pagan thinking and philosophy over several thousand years - analysing the various philosophical arguments and propositions presented in the various sources: from the Classical world and its renowned philosophers such as Plato and Socrates, through the lacuna in pagan writings during the Christian era, to the stirrings of pagan philosophy found in 'Barbarian' works of the Irish Wisdom Texts and Poetic Eddas. He follows the route of pagan thought through to the Age of Reason and to the Nature writers of nineteenth century America - who brought nature to the fore in their world view.

Myers explores the nineteenth and twentieth century revivals of paganism via Madame Blavatsky, James Frazer and Robert Graves, Aleister Crowley, Gerald Gardiner and Doreen Valiente and brings the work right up to the present day via the birth of modern Neo-Paganism. Finally he considers whether Pagan Philosophy has developed a critical tradition (with argument, criticism, counter-criticism etc shaping and re-developing/re-interpreting ideas) whilst being effectively denied the institutional support of museums, universities and the like due to the ascendancy of Christianity for much of recent history.

I have to say, this book took me a while to read. Although I had heard of most of the philosophers mentioned (and even read some of them) I have never studied philosophy so, frankly, don't really understand it very much!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kirk S. Thomas on December 3, 2013
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The is a very deep, yet very readable book. I managed to polish it off in a couple of leisurely afternoons, which, frankly, surprised me. And I must admit that I enjoyed every minute of it. I'm not all that well versed in philosophy, but Dr. Meyers managed to explain it all to me in a painless and fascinating way. For those who are interested in the whole historical arc of pagan philosophy, and even those who simply want an easy-to-read overview of just what pagan philosophy might be about, this is a must-read book. The only question for modern Pagans becomes, where do we go from here?

Rev. Kirk Thomas
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gregory S Catalone on March 4, 2014
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Dr. Myers has succeeded, once again, in delivering Philosophy in a very accessible and meaningful way to non-philosophers.

In The Earth, The Gods and The Soul, we are treated to the history of Pagan thinking and philosophy over several thousand years: starting before the time of Socrates thru the present. I was a mazed at the actual volume of material that was drawn from. Myers is able to find the most pertinent examples from a surprisingly large population and present it in an intelligent and useful way. We are pointed to philisophical, religious and social movements as well as numerous ancient and not-so-ancient texts in addition to individuals. We are also shown the development and evolution of pagan thought through time.

After having read this, I really do have a better (if rudimentary) grasp on the subject. Myers writing style is accessible while still staying focused. He has been able to distill a huge amount of material into a single, concise overview. While you will not become an expert on the subject, you will learn the breadth of it and know where to continue your studies. Personally, I'm now waiting for Myers to write the more focused volumes that this book begs for!

College level philosophy is not a pre-requisite to gain value from this book. I highly recommend this to anyone interested.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura on July 17, 2014
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That's a great book if you want to understand the history of pagan philosophy, and very informative. I like the way the author explains things, it's easy to understand. It also have a long and interesting list of other books you can read if you want to dig deeper in some specific issue. It seems that Brendan Myers did a really good and extensive research.
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