Posted by David Bell on April 17, 2000 at 21:57:50:
In Reply to: Re: Historical intelectual connections posted by Jonah Winters on April 12, 2000 at 01:17:59:
For Tolstoy etc., I would recommend starting with Mojan Momen (ed.)'s "The Babi and Baha'i Religions 1844-1944: Some Contemporary Western Accounts" (George Ronald: Oxford, 1981). A number of Western intellectuals seem to have been interested in the Babi movement, of which Benjamin Jowett might have most interest specifically to philosophers. For some reason the Baha'i religion has attracted much less attention than the Babi religion from philosophers, theologians, transpersonal psychologists, and other spiritual seeker types. Meanwhile the Baha'is themselves have not yet produced much of interest specifically to philosophers, although there are a few Baha'i philosophy professors out there who might surprise us.
I happen to know of a recent philosophy dissertation for the University of South Africa which argued for a Babi influence on Nietzsche's "Also sprach Zarathustra." Let me know if you'd like more info on this.
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