Eros and Psyche - An Essay on the Constitution and Destiny of Man
by Benchara Branford (9781406703276)

Eros and Psyche - An Essay on the Constitution and Destiny of Man
 
Benchara Branford
Release Date: 01 March 2007
Format: Paperback
Pages: 396
Category: Literature & Literary Studies
ISBN: 9781406703276
ISBN-10: 1406703273



EROS AND PSYCHE AN ESSAY ON THE CONSTITUTION AND DESTINY OF MAN BY Benchara Branford JNIVERSITY OF LONDON PRESS, LTD. 10 ii WARWICK LANE, LONDON, E. C. 4 934 rrintcd in Great liritaiu for the UNiVKitsiTY OF LONDON PRESS, LTD., by IIAZELL, WATSON AND VINEY, LTD., London and Aylesbury. DEDICATED IN LOVE AND GRATITUDE TdW MY WIFE AND DAUGHTER, WHO HAVE SHOWN ME THE GLORY OF NOBLE WOMANHOOD TO ORIENTAL READERS THE scope of this work is sufficiently indicated by the sub-title. The title itself, Eros and Psyche is purely symbolic, and appropriate to the Hellenic tradition in the philosophy of the Occident. The Orient has its parallel symbolisms in the Persian Zuhrah and Salaman the Indian Adi-Buddha and Prajna and the Chinese Tang and Tin, These four symbolic myths, fruitful of thought, are open to a variety of interpretations yet all are susceptible, it is believed, of a significance concordant with the present essay. Admirably harmonising with the macrocosm-microcosm postulate of the essay, the circular symbol on the title-page is taken from the profound medieval philosopher, Chu Hi, who signified thereby the revelation of the Supreme source of existence, wherein all the extremes meet symbolised by the circle, through the intervolutionary union of the Yang and the Yin symbolised by light and darkness. VII CONTENTS PAGE DEDICATION ....... v To ORIENTAL READERS ..... vii FRONTISPIECE TO ESSAY . x BOOK I OVERTURE ....... I BOOK II FACT AND MYTH ...... 79 BOOK III PAN . . . . . . . .123 BOOK IV PSYCHE ........ 193 BOOK V THE MISSION OF GENIUS .... 243 BOOK VI EROS 297 INDEX OF CHIEF PROPER NAMES . . . 373 IX Objective Subjective o H H O CJ BOOK I OVERTURE

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