The Greeks and the Irrational (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, May 17, 2004 - History - 335 pages
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In this philosophy classic, which was first published in 1951, E. R. Dodds takes on the traditional view of Greek culture as a triumph of rationalism. Using the analytical tools of modern anthropology and psychology, Dodds asks, "Why should we attribute to the ancient Greeks an immunity from 'primitive' modes of thought which we do not find in any society open to our direct observation?" Praised by reviewers as "an event in modern Greek scholarship" and "a book which it would be difficult to over-praise," "The Greeks and the Irrational "was Volume 25 of the Sather Classical Lectures series.
  

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User Review  - Vidar - Goodreads

Lots of interesting tidbits, the description of dionisian ecstasy on page 273 gives headbanging in heavymetal a classical precedent it seems :) Read full review

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User Review  - Vincent - Goodreads

κάλλος!! St. Basil would affirm. Read full review

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Contents

Agamemnons Apology
1
From ShameCulture to GuiltCulture
28
The Blessings of Madness
64
DreamPattern and CulturePattern
102
The Greek Shamans and the Origin of Puritanism
135
Rationalism and Reaction in the Classical Age
179
Plato the Irrational Soul and the Inherited Conglomerate
207
The Fear of Freedom
236
Maenadism
270
Theurgy
283
INDEX
315
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Page 3 - not I was the cause of this act, but Zeus and my portion and the Erinys who walks in darkness: they it was who in the assembly put wild ate in my understanding, on that day when I arbitrarily took Achilles
Page 1 - Individuality is founded in feeling; and the recesses of feeling, the darker, blinder strata of character, are the only places in the world in which we catch real fact in the making, and directly perceive how events happen, and how work is actually done.

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Preface to Plato
Eric A. HAVELOCK
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