Iamblichus, the exhortation to philosophy: including the letters of Iamblichus and Proclus' commentary on the Chaldean oracles

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Phanes Press, 1988 - Philosophy - 128 pages
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In providing an exhortation as to why one ought to practice Platonic philosophy (and, when Iamblichus says "philosophy," he means "philosophy qua theurgy) this tract of Iamblichus has no peers. The ... Read full review

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Foreword by Joscelyn Godwin
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The Exhortation to Philosophy
21
The Golden Verses of Pythagoras
113
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The translator of this work, Thomas Taylor, is known for his authoritative translations of the Platonists; he was practically the sole source of Neo-Platonic thought in the transcendentalist movement of New England. Iamblichus' "Life of Pythagoras" was a constant source of inspiration to the transcendentalists and a major influence on their writings throughout the Nineteenth Century. Taylor's work was enthusiastically acclaimed by Emerson, who referred to the translator as "a Greek born out of his time, and dropped on the ridicule of a blind and frivolous age.

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