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Title: Becoming God: Pure Reason in Ancient Greek Philosophy
Author: Miller, Patrick Lee
Publisher: Continuum International Pub Inc; Publication Date: 2011
Hardcover; ISBN: 9781847061645
Volumes: 1; Pages: 208
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Becoming god was an ideal of many ancient Greek philosophers, as was the life of reason, which they often equated with divinity. This book presents their rival accounts of god, reason, and the best life, arguing that each depended on an attitude toward time. Beginning with Heraclitus, whose paradoxical style of reasoning--chiasmus--sought to unite us with his immanent god, it then examines the succession of philosophers who followed Parmenides and the Pythagoreans, purifying reason of all contradiction, finding god to be the transcendent activity of self-contemplation, and seeking happiness in the divine life of eternal reason. Plato and Aristotle are shown refining this tradition, but its highest expression is granted to Plotinus, who nonetheless returned the rejected chiasmus of Heraclitus to god, enjoining us once again to aim beyond pure reason for our consummation.
Those interested in Greek philosophical and religious thought will find fresh interpretations of its major figures, as well as a lucid presentation of the first and most influential attempts to link together divinity, rationality, and complete happiness.
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3. Parmenides and Pythagoreans