The Philosophers' Secret Fire: A History of the Imagination

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Ivan R. Dee, 2002 - History - 322 pages
13 Reviews
Mr. Harpur links together fields as far apart as Greek philosophy and depth psychology, Renaissance magic and tribal ritual, Romantic poetry and the ecstasy of the shaman, to trace how societies over time have used myths to make sense of the world. "Harpur leads us through history's secret chambers with such grace of language and insight that we forget the hour.... I would make Harpur's book required reading for every student of philosophy, depth psychology, and history." Dianne Skafte."

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Review: The Philosopher's Secret Fire: A History of the Imagination

User Review  - Jesse Whyte - Goodreads

I really wanted to like this book, but strong writing, interesting content, and the occasional insight cannot overcome the glaring lack of structure or continuity that makes a book into a book. Don't ... Read full review

Review: The Philosopher's Secret Fire: A History of the Imagination

User Review  - Ben - Goodreads

I found this a frustrating read. I liked his attempt to challenge perceptions of reality, in the same way that Robert Anton Wilson does in his best work. I liked the way he untangles a thread that ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Concerning Zombis
19
The Soul of the World
35
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Patrick Harpur's Daimonic Reality was critically acclaimed. He lives in Dorchester, England.

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