The Psyche in Antiquity: Early Greek Philosophy: From Thales to Plotinus

The Psyche in Antiquity: Early Greek Philosophy: From Thales to Plotinus

Edward F. Edinger

Language: English

Pages: 362

ISBN: 2:00264153

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Redeems the relevance of Greek philosophy to everyday, modern life. The purpose of this book is not to study philosophy, but rather to track the psyshe as it manifests in the archetypal ideas that so gripped the early Greeks. Dr. Edinger's unique perpective redeems the relvance of this bedrock of the Western psyche by relating the Greeks' ideas to modern psychological experience.













of Mysterium Coniunctionis, in which he talks about the three stages of the coniunctio. The first stage of the coniunctio actually is a separatio. It is expressed by a separation of a pair of opposites, thought of as either mind and body or soul and body. The central idea is that mind and body or spirit and matter if you will, have to undergo separation from their original state of mutual contamination before they can undergo a union, a conscious coniunctio. This purification by separatio can be

stain of unholy fables in his words: they are pure and free from impiety." [Homer said some rather disagreeable things about the gods, but Heraclitus defends him, saying:] Apollo is the sun; the "far-darter" is the sun sending forth his rays: when it is said that Apollo slew men with his arrows, it is meant that there was a pestilence in the heat of summer-time. Athene is thought: when it is said that Athene came to Telamachus, it is meant only that the young man then first began 127Letters, vol.

Anaximander, a student of Thales, lived from about 560 B.C. and Anaximenes, a student of Anaximander, lived about 546 B.C. As a group they brought to birth two primordial concepts: physis and arche. Physis (in Latin, natura; in English, nature) is a profoundly complex and ambiguous term with a number of references. First, it is used for the source, origin, descent and lineage of something. Secondly, it refers to the natural, original condition of something, to a state or character of an entity,

mechanisms are defective in those individuals, which is probably the basis of the genetic factor in schizophrenia. There is a widespread perception, with some truth to it, that genius and madness are very close together, and that sometimes one merges into the other. This 137 Ibid., p. 6. 138 "A Psychological Approach to the Dogma of the Trinity," Psychology and Religion, CW 11, par. 252. 139 Glatzer, The Essential Philo, p. 6. Page 95 would seem to be an occasion where the protective mechanisms

Holy Spirit, indicates that the masculine spiritual principle has an inclination to"inclines"to the feminine. Thus, the masculine principle does not haughtily remain aloof from the matriarchal feminine, but bends down to her and allows himself to be regenerated as a son in her womb. In response to that gesture of generosity, the matriarchal principle replies in kind and does not insist on generating a daughter, but meets the masculine principle halfway by generating a son. Those unfamiliar with

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