Monday, November 14, 2011

Graham, Daniel W. Review of Patrick Lee Miller, BECOMING GOD. NDPR (November 2011).

Miller, Patrick Lee.  Becoming God: Pure Reason in Early Greek Philosophy.  London: Continuum, 2011.

This book explores the notion, found in some early Greek philosophers, that humans can become divine or god-like through reason. Patrick Lee Miller of Duquesne University provides a general introductory chapter, followed by a chapter each devoted to Heraclitus, Parmenides and the Pythagoreans, and Plato, respectively. This is, then, something like a history of ideas focusing on some important philosophical themes and developments. The topic, if foreign to modern ways of thinking, is interesting precisely because it gets to the heart of some unique Greek concerns, and it exercises an influence into late antiquity and early Christian theology. . . .

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