This title offers a lucid presentation of the first and most influential attempts to weave together philosophical thought on God, reason and happiness. Becoming god was an ideal of many ancient Greek philosophers, as was the life of reason, which they equated with divinity. This book argues that their rival accounts of this equation depended on their divergent attitudes toward time. Affirming it, Heraclitus developed a paradoxical style of reasoning - chiasmus - that was the activity of his becoming god. Denying it as contradictory, Parmenides sought to purify thinking of all contradiction, offering eternity to those who would follow him. Plato did, fusing this pure style of reasoning - consistency - with a Pythagorean program of purification and divinization that would then influence philosophers from Aristotle to Kant. Those interested in Greek philosophical and religious thought will find fresh interpretations of its early figures, as well as a lucid presentation of the first and most influential attempts to link together divinity, rationality, and selfhood. "Bloomsbury Studies in Ancient Philosophy" presents cutting edge scholarship in the history of ancient philosophy.The wholly original arguments, perspectives and research findings in titles in this series make it an important and stimulating resource for students and academics from across the fields of Philosophy and Classical Studies.
Becoming God by Patrick Lee Miller was published by Continuum in July 2012. The ISBN for Becoming God is 9781441152701.