Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man An Essay of Speculative Thought in the Ancient near East

ISBN-10: 0226260089
ISBN-13: 9780226260082
Edition: 1977 (Reprint)
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 1977
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/15/1977
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 410
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

The people in ancient times the phenomenal world was teeming with life; the thunderclap, the sudden shadow, the unknown and eerie clearing in the wood, all were living things. This unabridged edition traces the fascinating history of thought from the pre-scientific, personal concept of a "humanized" world to the achievement of detached intellectual reasoning. The authors describe and analyze the spiritual life of three ancient civilizations: the Egyptians, whose thinking was profoundly influenced by the daily rebirth of the sun and the annual rebirth of the Nile; the Mesopotamians, who believed the stars, moon, and stones were all citizens of a cosmic state; and the Hebrews, who transcended prevailing mythopoeic thought with their cosmogony of the will of God. In the concluding chapter the Frankforts show that the Greeks, with their intellectual courage, were the first culture to discover a realm of speculative thought in which myth was overcome.

Introduction
Myth and Reality Egypt
The Nature of the Universe
The Function of the State
The Values of Life Mesopotamia
The Cosmos as a State
The Function of the State
The Good Life The Hebrews
God
Man
Man in the World
Nation, Society, and Politics Conclusion
The Emancipation of Thought from Myth
Index

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