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Adventure of the Human Intellect : Self, Society, and the Divine in Ancient World Cultures (Hardcover)

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The Ancient World: comparative Histories

The Adventure of The Human Intellect

Self, Society, and the Divine in Ancient world Cultures

How can we achieve a truly global account of the intellectual "adventure" of ancient man? Few people have an answer, but this important volume sets us on the right course. Peter Fibiger Bang universal empire

In 1946, a series of lectures by scholars affiliated with the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute were assembled into a volume tilled The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man. The lectures explored themes of intellectual history and the development of abstract reasoning among the Figyptians, Mesopotamians, and Hebrews.

In The Adventure of the Human Intellect, fourteen scholars, led by editor Kurt A. Raaflaub, engage with the themes of that nearly seventy-year-old volume to bring its ideas into the twenty-first Century. This work offers a new approach to an old debate about the beginnings of intellectual history and rational thinking, bringing to bear modern theoretical approaches, up-to-date evidence, and the results of recent scholarship. The work is broader in scope than the 19-16 original, including discussion of civilizations from both The Old and New Worlds. It examines the world views of ten ancient or early societies, reconstructed from their own texts, concerning the place of human beings in society and state, in nature and cosmos, in space and time, in life and death, and in relation to those in power and the world of the divine, and the illuminates a wide array of responses to particular environments, circumstances, and challenges. The Adventure of the Human Intellect focuses on ancient responses to widely differing conditions, as they manifest in social practiced and cultural products, and in which relationships between religion, science, cosmology, and politics are permeable. Comprehensive, nuanced, and contemporary, this volume brings together leading specialists in the field to explore The very beginnings of intellectual history from a twenty-first century perspective.

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