- Paperback: 326 pages
- Publisher: Angelico Press/Sophia Perennis (April 9, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1597310867
- ISBN-13: 978-1597310864
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Philosophy and Theurgy in Late Antiquity
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"This remarkable book reintroduces us to a Platonism long forgotten in the West. In a passionate tour de force of scholarship and insight, Algis Uzdavinys argues that philosophy was once a mystagogic rite of initiation transmitted by the great Neoplatonic teachers from Plotinus to Damascius. Uzdavinys's wide scholarship not only draws profound connections between Platonic philosophy, theurgy, and the ancient Egyptian wisdom that Platonists acknowledged as their source, he also draws illuminating parallels between theurgy and Indian Tantra. His enraptured prose leads us into the non-dual vision of the later Platonists where each of us is invited to become a link in the Golden Chain that extends from heaven to earth." -- Gregory Shaw, Stonehill College, author of Theurgy and the Soul
"This book clearly establishes three things: that traditional myth (as the Neoplatonists maintained) is the symbolic expression of metaphysics, as metaphysics is the exegesis of myth; that Greek philosophy was not an isolated 'miracle' but a reinterpretation of perennial themes common to the ancient Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Indian, and especially Egyptian religions; and that Platonic philosophical discourse was but one-half of a whole which included an invocatory/contemplative practice known as 'theurgy.'"
-- Charles Upton, author of Knowings
"In this most stimulating and wide-ranging work, Algis Uzdavinys, drawing on the resources of his enormous learning, leads Neoplatonic theurgy back to its roots in Ancient Egypt, thereby setting Platonic philosophy in a new and wider context. Students of Neoplatonism will find themselves much indebted to him, and all readers will find their outlook on life significantly changed."-- John M. Dillon, Trinity College, Dublin, author of The Middle Platonists
About the Author
Algis Uzdavinys was Head of the Department of Humanities at Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, Kaunas Faculty, in his native Lithuania, before his death in 2010. His research included work on Hellenic philosophy, especially Platonism and Neoplatonism, as well as traditional mythology and metaphysics, Sufism, and traditional art.
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The author put English transliterations of Greek and Egyptian words alongside his and his sources' English translations. I have a limited understanding of Greek but this was extremely helpful and illustrative for me. There are a few minor grammar mistakes (the author was Lithuanian) and a few book formatting mistakes, but neither significantly disrupted my reading.