Due to death in the author’s family, publication and preorders have been temporarily postponed until further notice, although you can still read about the upcoming text and classes on the site.
The printed text is over 315 pages, contains 50 illustrations including photographs, sketches, and hieroglyphs as part of the philosophical analysis. Both paperback and hardback versions will be available, and preorder options for these will be forthcoming. The estimated retail list price for the paperback textbook at this time is $24.95, with a premium price upgrade for the hardcover edition.
Although articulated in different ways, the ancient philosophy and language of holism is rooted in observing and learning to study, read and interpret universal patterns. This timeless and enduring worldview is inclusive rather than exclusionary, and will provide readers access to these age-old ways of ‘seeing’, perceiving and engaging the kosmos.
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 modern humankind 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.
This 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 and analyzing the metaphysics, epistemology, and psychological frameworks of various Greek and Egyptian schools of thought, the book offers a unique educational resource that can be utilized as an instructional text. Yet it is also intended as a trade book accessible to a general educated populace, toward promoting a greater understanding of these age-old roots of holism to a broader audience. The text thus also contains a glossary to familiarize readers with key technical terms and ideas utilized within the disciplines of philosophy and Egyptology.
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 selected Greek and Egyptian schools of thought 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 Egyptian & Greek schools of thought, which is of particular relevance to the interdisciplinary fields of ancient philosophy, Egyptology, Africana studies, as well as 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 will later be offered 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. Registration will be available on site and secure payment via PayPal after subsequent book publication.
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