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The Greeks and the irrational.

Author: E R Dodds
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 1951.
Series: Sather classical lectures, 25.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this philosophy classic, which was first published in 1951, E.R. Dodds takes on the traditional view of Greek culture as a triumph of rationalism. Using the analytical tools of modern anthropology and psychology, Dodds asks, "Why should we attribute to the ancient Greeks an immunity from 'primitive' modes of thought which we do not find in any society open to our direct observation?" Praised by reviewers as "an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: E R Dodds
ISBN: 0520003276 9780520003279
OCLC Number: 223313797
Description: ix, 327 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: Agamemnon's apology --
From shame-culture to guilt-culture --
The blassings of madness --
Dream-pattern and culture-patern --
The Greek shamans and the origin of puritanism --
Rationalism and reaction in the Classical Age --
Plato, the irrational soul, and the inherited conglomerate --
The fear of freedom --
Maenadism --
Theurgy.
Series Title: Sather classical lectures, 25.

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"In this philosophy classic, which was first published in 1951, E.R. Dodds takes on the traditional view of Greek culture as a triumph of rationalism. Using the analytical tools of modern anthropology and psychology, Dodds asks, "Why should we attribute to the ancient Greeks an immunity from 'primitive' modes of thought which we do not find in any society open to our direct observation?" Praised by reviewers as "an event in modern Greek scholarship" and "a book which it would be difficult to over-praise," The Greeks and the Irrational was Volume 25 of the Sather Classical Lectures series."--GoogleBooks.

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"An event in modern Greek scholarship . . . thoughtful, well-documented, and beautifully written."--"Classical Outlook

 
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