Esotericism in Philosophy: Pythagoras and Parmenides

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Philosophy is taken to be the paragon of rational argumentation and logical analysis but I want to explore the esoteric and mystical aspect of ancient Greek philosophy – a dimension often ignored or unstressed . This is the first in a series that will explore this more arcane side of western philosophy from ancient Greece to contemporary analytic and continental schools.

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Kirk, Raven and Schofield – The Presocratic Philosophers: A Critical History with a Selection of Texts – 978-0521274555
Philosophy Before Socrates – Richard D. McKirahan – 978-1603841825
Eric Dodds – The Greeks and the Irrational – 978-0520242302
Walter Burkert – Lore and Science in Ancient Pythagoreanism – 978-0674539181
Charles Kahn – Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans – 978-0872205758
Peter Kingsley – Ancient Philosophy, Mystery, and Magic: Empedocles and Pythagorean Tradition – 978-0198150817
Parmenides – Martin Heidegger – 978-0253212146 (caveat lector!)

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