Pythagoras and the Doctrine of Transmigration: Wandering Souls (Bloomsbury Studies in Ancient Philosophy)

Pythagoras and the Doctrine of Transmigration: Wandering Souls (Bloomsbury Studies in Ancient Philosophy)

James Luchte


The legendary narrative of transmigration tells the tale of myriad wandering souls, every one migrating from physique to physique alongside a direction of recurrence amid the turning into of the All.

In this hugely unique learn, James Luchte explores the ways that the concept that of transmigration is a vital motif in Pythagoras' philosophy, representing its primary which means. Luchte argues that the various strands of the story of transmigration come jointly within the Pythagorean philosophical move, revealing a solidarity within which, for Pythagoreans, life and eschatology are separated basically via forgetfulness. Such an interpretation that seeks to retrieve the team spirit of Pythagorean notion is going opposed to the grain of a long-standing culture of interpretation that initiatives upon Pythagoras the segregation of 'mysticism' and 'science'. Luchte lays out an alternate interpretation of Pythagorean philosophy as magical within the experience that it orchestrates a holistic harmonization of theoria and praxis and during this examining discloses the unconventional personality of Pythagorean philosophy.

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