While for modern wisdom the data, the empirical reality, the world of facts is only a limit to the activity of the spirit, indissolubly joined with this and infinitely removable from this, for the ancient wisdom being is all at once all that can be, is a given, and given are perfection and virtue, synonyms of being. Therefore ancient wisdom renounces to act in the world of change, which in essence is contrary and irreducible to being and to perfection, and erects dams to defend the spirit from its robbery.
Published in 1921 for the Atanòr publishing house and to this day never reprinted, Ancient Philosophers is not just an original profile historian-critic of the philosophy from Buddha to the Neoplatonic school e the compelling story of the main classical philosophical currents, but a personal story of the birth of ancient thought.
The essays of this volume they draw in an evocative way, and with some significant exclusions, among all those of Plato and Aristotle, some guidelines of ancient knowledge up to Christianity of the origins. Tilgher leads the reader on an intellectual adventure which follows the very fate of human history: starting from Buddhism, and therefore from Thales, first of the Seven Sages, passing through Anaximander, the first to “formulate a strictly philosophical concept of God ”, and then for Stoicism,“ a mighty effort to overcome dualism Aristotelian, where Greek thought had become entangled ”, and the doctrines of Epicurus, Plotinus, and Proclus, with whom Neoplatonism reaches its last expression and Greek philosophy closes "his glorious history returning, after an immense tour, to the beginning from which it was game ", we finally reach the birth and affirmation of Christianity, of which - the author notes acutely - "was the element apocalyptic, that is, basically moral ”, from which it never succeeded to free himself completely, which assured him of victory over other religions of the mysteries ".
Written in the postwar period, while civilization westerner was facing a crisis that would have upset it, Ancient Philosophers is a text that still arouses great and profound charm.
Format 15,5x21 - 240 pages
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