The preview feature of the upcoming text The Ancient Art of Holistic Thinking: Philosophies of Holism in Ancient Egypt & Greece has been temporarily removed due to delay in publication. However, this option will again be available to sample preview online at my Smashwords author page when the release of text is pending, and ebook versions will also be offered on other major sites.
While the modern world is still in the budding stages of developing a holistic worldview, the philosophies of ancient Egypt (Kemet) and Greece reveal a beautiful, dynamic and integrated perspective of the kosmos that contemporary man has much to learn from. Not only did these ancient cultures articulate a conscious realization of the interconnectedness or harmony of all things in the cosmos, key ancient texts reveal a fundamental recognition of wisdom written within the ‘Book of Nature’ via a symbolic language. Their ancient models also express a deep understanding of the human psyche, the interrelations of body, mind and emotions and from which the modern world can also learn.
Although eastern philosophies such as yoga, Taoism and Buddhism have become popularized in the West in recent decades, as well as various mind-body approaches to well-being they espouse, the legacy of ancient Greek philosophy (from which the term holism itself is derived) and ancient Egyptian holistic philosophy are much less familiar in mainstream contemporary culture.
The new book, The Ancient Art of Holistic Thinking: Philosophies of Holism in Ancient Egypt & Greece aims to assist with filling this gap in awareness. Written within an academic context, the book offers a unique educational resource that can be utilized both as an instructional textbook, as well as a trade book to promote greater understanding of these age-old roots of holism to a general educated populace.
While investigating from a philosophical lens, the text also draws upon early natural science, mathematical reasoning, myth art and religion as expressed through a survey of various Greek and Egyptian ideologies in the ancient world (Platonic, Presocratic, Pythagorean, and Egyptian). By first establishing a foundational common conceptual ground through the age-old worldview of holism, the text traces shared key, premises as expressed via different contexts in the ancient and classical world. Following this process, the text demonstrates that the timeless ideal and core framework of holism remained remarkably consistent for thousands of years, from ca. 3rd millennia BCE – 4th century CE, and reveals little recognized intersections and parallels between ancient Greek & Egyptian philosophy.
Moreover, through detailed analysis, The Ancient Art of Holistic Thinking ultimately opens up a vital connective dialogue between ancient Greek & Egyptian schools of thought, which is of particular relevance to the interdisciplinary fields of ancient philosophy, Egyptology, Africana, multicultural and comparative studies. The text will also appeal to those interested in the intersections of art/image and symbolic communication methods of the psyche, as well as the budding genre of holistic philosophy overall.
A 12-14 week online course is also planned for those who would like to participate in a formal, guided study of the material, and explore how these ancient wisdom teachings may apply and be integrated into their own viewpoints and experience in today’s modern world.
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