Origins of Western civilization & shamanism

A Story Waiting to Pierce You: Mongolia,
Tibet and the Destiny of the Western World
is the fourth book by classicist and historian of
philosophy Peter Kingsley. Kingsley’s previous
books, including In the Dark Places of Wisdom
(1999) and Reality (2003), argue that the so-called
“Presocratic philosophers”, the founding fathers
of Western civilization, have been profoundly
misunderstood. As a result, we in the West have
misunderstood ourselves.
Modern scholars tend to present the Presocratic philosophers as
ingenious but primitive thinkers. They see the Presocratics as essentially
like themselves: as secularizing rationalists, or as intellectuals who
cared more for theory than for practice. But Kingsley’s work offers a
completely different picture: Parmenides, Empedocles, Pythagoras and
those like them were mystics and prophets, links in an ancient Western
esoteric and initiatory tradition. For them, science and philosophy
came from the sacred and were meant to lead back to the sacred—a
worldview that makes their writings nearly incomprehensible to those
who do not share it.

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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