our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness Phaedr. 244a

2011/10/14

The source of light is at home in the darkness.


There is no excusing classical scholars today for ignoring the developments in scientific theory and practice throughout the twentieth century, and continuing to pursue their own specialized interests apparently unaware of the fact that many people at the forefront of contemporary science are no longer able to accept that distinguishing between mind and matter represents a genuine approach to reality—let alone an achievement—or that the basic Aristotelian dictum of the 'excluded middle' (that something is either x or is not x, but cannot be both simultaneously) necessarily holds good. For anyone accustomed to the world of the Presocratics and also the world of modern science and cosmology, it is difficult not to notice how the second of these realms appears to moving closer and closer to the first with its increasing appeal to bold paradox, to the simple but also the enigmatic and—dare we say—mythological....
Peter Kingsley, Ancient Philosophy, Mystery, and Magic
review In the Dark Places of Wisdom by Peter Kingsley, Reviewed by Anne Baring