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 Post subject: Axial Age
PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 10:08 pm 
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Was riding to Cleveland with my wife last night and was listening to pod cast "On Being" and the guest mentioned the Axial Age, a theory put forth by Karl Kaspers. Was curious if anyone else had read about the theory, or Jaspers's book on the subject.

Just trying figure out how I missed it. I would like to think I have portion of clue, but this one passed me bye. It was put forth in 1949, so it is relatively new.


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 Post subject: Re: Axial Age
PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 11:21 pm 
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I've never heard the term before but the age it refers to is the period sometimes referred to as “the Writings.” It was the period when Judaism began to develop the idea of the spokesman, foretelling, and a promise of an afterlife.

That was certainly a pivotal period in the development of modern religion.


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 Post subject: Re: Axial Age
PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:30 am 
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It's sort of an interesting argument. "Something" was going on that brought about the Prophetic tradition in Judaism, causes a lot of new traditions in the East (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism), stirs new directions in Greek/Western philosophy, etc. All this happening around the 6th century BCE. Jaspers never really had a theory for what exactly that is, but it was happening in many parts of the world at once. Lots of wandering scholars and sages with new ideas about that 'philosophy of life' stuff.

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