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Peter Kingsley

I decided to start with the presocratics and vanished right into the rabbit hole. To get into the topic I decided (a few months ago) to do something I had wanted to do for a long time: read all the books by Peter Kingsley.

Some background first. Born in 1953 he was trained as a classicist and got his PhD from the University of London. From 1990 on he published a very impressive series of articles in scholarly journals, followed by his 1995 monograph Ancient Philosophy, Mystery, and Magic: Empedocles and Pythagorean Tradition. In the following years, Kingsley's annoyance with academia became increasingly evident, and his next book In the Dark Places of Wisdom(1999), on Parmenides, was published (like all his later books) not by an academic press but by the Golden Sufi Center. It was followed in 2003 by his large volume Reality and finally by a small book titled A Story Waiting to Pierce You: Mongolia, Tibet and the Destiny of the Western World published in 2010. By the second ha…

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