To Think Like God
Pythagoras and Parmenides - The Origins of Philosophy Scholarly Fully
By (author) Arnold Hermann
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To Think Like God by Arnold Hermann
Book DescriptionTo Think Like God focuses on the emergence of philosophy as a speculative science, tracing its origins to the Greek colonies of Southern Italy, from the late 6th century to mid-5th century B.C.E. Special attention is paid to the sage Pythagoras and his movement, the poet Xenophanes of Colophon, and the lawmaker Parmenides of Elea. In their own ways, each thinker held that true insight, whether as wisdom or certainty, belonged not to mortal human beings but to the gods. The Pythagoreans sought to approach this otherworldly knowledge by studying numerical relationships, believing them to govern the universe, and that those who know the number of a thing know its true nature. Yet their quest was a hopeless one, bogged down by cultism, numerology, political conspiracies, bloody uprisings, and exile. Above all, number did not turn out as the most reliable of mediums; it was certainly not a key to the realm of the divine. Thus, their contributions to philosophy's inception, while much better publicized, were not the most significant. That particular role was reserved for an unusual challenge and the elaborate reaction it provoked. The challenge came from Xenophanes, who had argued that reliable truth was beyond mortal reach, because even if by accident a human being should state what is exactly the case, he had no way of knowing that he did, all things being susceptible to opinion. This dilemma is sure to have bothered a legislative mind like that of Parmenides, and we find him introducing techniques for testing the veracity of statements. These methods were meant to be carried out by reasoning and argument alone, without relying on physical evidence or mortal sense-perception, which was deemed untrustworthy. Reason was that one faculty shared by gods and humans alike. In time, Parmenides' ingenious arguments have earned him the title of the first logician and metaphysician whose influence on subsequent thinkers was immeasurable. Parmenides taught us that philosophy was not about claims but about proof, which also makes him the father of theoretical science-which, curiously, began as a quest into the mind of God.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781930972001
(235mm x 165mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Parmenides Publishing
Publisher: Parmenides Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Arnold Hermann
Plato's 'Parmenides', Paperback (September 2010)
This translation is the result of a collaboration between Arnold Hermann and Sylvana Chrysakopoulou. Heeding the challenge of balancing intelligibility with faithfulness - while maintaining sufficient consistency to allow the discernment of technical terms - great pains have been taken to secure both accuracy and accessibility.
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By taking the reader back to the Greek colonies of Southern Italy more than 500 years BCE, the author, with unparalleled insight, tells the story of the Pythagorean quest for otherworldly knowledge - a tale of cultism, political conspiracies, and bloody uprisings that eventually culminate in tragic failure.
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Author Biography - Arnold Hermann
Arnold Hermann is an independent researcher and philosopher specializing in Presocratic philosophy, Metaphysics, and methods of thinking. He is the author of To Think Like God: Pythagoras and Parmenides-The Origins of Philosophy (Parmenides Publishing, 2004 & 2005), both the illustrated as well as the fully annotated edition. He is currently working on Plato's Eleatic Project.
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