no Platonic or Zoroastrian traditions?

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no Platonic or Zoroastrian traditions?

Post by Nicholas » Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:32 am

One major path missing is the Platonic, Neo-Platonic, Stoic, Pythagorean, et al - in short the Greek philosophers. Their influence was powerful on Christianity for a 1500 years or so and still bubbles up nowadays.

Another one missing is Zoroastrianism.
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Re: no Platonic or Zoroastrian traditions?

Post by Nicholas » Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:16 pm

Just bumping this up in hopes, that now with more workers on this site, some rearranging of posts and topics, even adding missing topics etc. will occur.
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Re: no Platonic or Zoroastrian traditions?

Post by caodemarte » Tue Oct 25, 2016 2:47 am

Just a note that Zoroastrianism is still practiced in India and there are even a some families in Sri Lanka. I am not sure of the number of Zoroasterians in Iran, although the current regime often proscribes its practices and decries its influence.

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Re: no Platonic or Zoroastrian traditions?

Post by Wayfarer » Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:09 am

I have developed an amateur interest in Platonism and Greek Philosophy. I say 'amateur' because the requirements to understand it are actually very steep. But I have a real affinity for Platonism, the forms, the Ideas, the nature of rationality, and so on. Really it is a unique cultural heritage. Nowadays Western philosophy has been practically ruined by materialism, although there are a few die-hards around still. But materialism can never even begin to understand the first thing about Plato, to even begin to understand it, you would have to abandon materialism first.

Here's a really good lecture by a current expert on Platonism. It is dense but if you're patient it is well worth listening too. (Also the passage starting at around 38:40 is a really good classical Arisotelean criticism of materialism - 'if materialism were true, you could not think.')

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Re: no Platonic or Zoroastrian traditions?

Post by Nicholas » Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:18 pm

Yes, Lloyd Gerson's (U. of Toronto) writings on the Greeks are valuable!
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