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Aristeia Press is an independent publishing house for independent minds.
Aristeia Press wants to be a weapon, a tool for our readers, for those who want to fight against ignorance, meaninglessness and the prevailing nihilism shadowing over us. We will accomplish our aim by choosing books intended to help us achieve excellence.
The name Aristeia defines our mission. In Greek epic literature, Aristeia is the moment when the hero gives his best in battle. Aristeia comes from the Greek word areté meaning excellence. Translated into modern terms, it entails giving our best at all times, turning our lives into our moment of Aristeia.
To achieve excellence we need to train ourselves to attain discipline and knowledge. Paideia was the comprehensive education that boys underwent to become men. This training included physical, mental, moral and spiritual training. The ideal was to achieve perfection, what we know as virtue. Virtue comes from Vir and means Man in Latin. Virility also comes from that root, and once was intimately linked to virtue. It did not have a moral connotation but rather meant perfection and excellence. Virility is strength, potential, power and bravery, all of them qualities that define Man.
In Ancient Greece, the Aristos were the best, strongest, most courageous, most skilled men, those who stood out for their integrity and for being better trained both physically and intellectually. At Aristeia Press we want to provide the necessary weapons for you to become Aristos. Our mission is to awaken your enthusiasm (Enthusiasm comes from En-theou-asthma, i.e. to have god within), strengthen your desire to improve yourself and expand the awareness of your possibilities.
There was a time when the government class was formed by the aristocracy, by those who had conquered excellence: Aristos + kratos, (power or government). That form of government has ceased to exist. Today, the mission of every man is to rule himself.
Only after conquering areté or excellence can we rule our lives and become aristocrats: We are aristocrats because we master our destiny, and we do so by leaving behind everything that does not make us greater, wiser, stronger, more beautiful, honest, more manly.
The books that we read forge our character and define who we are. They are our weapons.
Aristeia is our mission.
Welcome to Aristeia Press, the press of the Aristos.
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'The Outsider’s way of thinking is called existentialism. But it might as easily be called religion. It is a way of thought which, like the religious way, regards man as involved in the universe, not just a spectator and observer, a sort of naturalist looking at the universe through a magnifying-glass and murmuring: “Mmm. Most interesting.”'
Religion and the Rebel by Colin Wilson is now available in Aristeia Press. amzn.eu/brTd9xa
"A man’s temperament gives him the power to become more alive or less alive. He can drift, give way to every sensual urge, and become little better than a cow; or he can discipline himself, exercise his intelligence, and raise himself to a higher form of life, automatically recognised by other men as a leader. "
Religion and the Rebel by Colin Wilson. The perfect book for those who want to start the New Year with lucid concepts and meaningful thoughts. amzn.eu/brTd9xa
It is a special time of the year. We all have dreams and wishes, and everything seems possible. It is. We can choose who we want to be and who we want to become. We have in our hands the power to create ourselves.
Colin Wilson said something about Bernard Shaw that we love, that he was a beacon "of cool common sense in a world of emotional confusion”. Fascinating!
Let’s choose consciously who we want to be next year and what are we going to do to achieve it.
Happy Christmas and Happy New Year from Aristeia Press!
Socrates argued that each human soul already contains the knowledge of all things and that is only a matter of "getting it out”. But to “get it out” we need to ask ourselves the right questions. Only then can we give birth to our true self. It is not just a matter of having a clear image of who we are but also of who we want to become. That’s why the ideal is so important. The ideal moves us forward and helps us access our hidden treasures. Books have been since the beginning of time the best tool to help us unlock our powers and our wisdom. So it is "quite" simple: Ask the right questions and read the right books. Religion and the Rebel by Colin Wilson is available in Amazon. http://amzn.eu/brTd9xa
You can now buy Religion and the Rebel by Colin Wilson in one of our favourite bookstores, Watkins Books. Established in 1893 it is one of the world's oldest and leading independent bookshops specialising in new and antiquarian titles in the Mind, Body, Spirit field. Located in the picturesque Cecil Court, just a few steps from the National Portrait Gallery, Watkins is a place where you can find peace, wisdom and knowledge. We are proud to have our books in such a distinguished space.
Last weekend we visited Joy Wilson, Colin Wilson’s wife, at her house in Cornwall. It was a real treat to have lunch with her, to talk about their amazing lives and also to see where Wilson lived and worked. Wilson moved from the hectic life in London to Cornwall in 1957. The press, the fans and their friends made it impossible for him to find the peace and solitude a writer needs to create. It was in Cornwall, in a house by the sea, a landscape surrounded by pine trees and palm trees where he wrote Religion and the Rebel, and of course the rest of his remarkable books. It’s been a special weekend and a special experience to visit the home of one of the most original and bold writers of our time. Thank you Joy Wilson.
There is a resurgent interest in Colin Wilson's work around the world. His novels and non-fiction are being published again everywhere and his philosophy, which he called New Existentialism is now more relevant than ever. Valancourt Books is publishing his novels in USA, next year the Second International Colin Wilson Conference will be held at the University of Nottingham thanks to Colin Stanley, Wilson's bibliographer, Pablo Behrens has directed the film Adrift in Soho, co...ming soon, based on a novel by Wilson, Gary Lachman, writer and historian has recently published Beyond the Robot a biography on Wilson and Aristeia Press is publishing his most significant non-fiction work.
Religion and the Rebel is now available after 27 years out of print and we are publishing in the next months two of his most momentous titles: The Age of Defeat and The New Existentialism. Stay wide awake!
Thank you Gary Lachman for your comments about Religion and the Rebel on your new post and thank you for the well documented historical introduction you have written for this new edition published by Aristeia Press. https://garylachman.co.uk/…/lost-knowledge-dust-and-religi…/
‘It is in these last volumes that Toynbee completes his concept of history. Now he is more candid about his notion that all history is the manifestation of God in matter. The aim for the individual — at any time and in any place — is the vision of God; the only thing worth striving for is sainthood. And it is significant that Jung’s theory of ‘psychological types’ was one of the major influences on his religious thinking. Jung’s psychological types correspond roughly to the three types of Outsider that I have named: the ‘physical,’ the ‘emotional’ and the ‘intellectual.’ From Religion and the Rebel by Colin Wilson. Buy at amzn.eu/brTd9xa
"The struggle of life to assert itself into the world of activity by means of memory and consciousness is the ultimate definition of the ideal of heroism. The heroic is the struggle of Value against the unmeaning. The Outsider’s lust for the heroic is the lust of life itself." Religion and the Rebel by Colin Wilson. Now available around the world!
"The creative minority is the few individuals who are capable of meeting the challenges that confront a society. How do they do this? Once again, the reason is of immense interest in a study of the Outsider: by a process of ‘withdrawal and return.’ These solitary creative individuals withdraw from society into solitude and there wrestle with the problems alone. There, in solitude their vitality and insight increases; and when they emerge, it is with the power to stimulate the rest of society to overcome the challenges." Religion and the Rebel by Colin Wilson. Now available in Amazon, IBooks,B&N...
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Religion and the Rebel by Colin Wilson is on sale from today in all formats! After 27 years out of print readers all over the world can take home one of the most fascinating and lucid books ever written. A book where the protagonists are us and our need for transcendence, for excellence, and for consciousness. With clear and enjoyable language this book gives us an insight into the work and lives of great men and p...resents us with the tools to become greater ourselves. --- And now an existentialist revelation: Among all the things we are bombarded with every day this is something for you and your own enrichment. Sharpen your attention and judgment to be able to discern when you have been offered something remarkable. Our aim is to contribute to the creation of the New Men. Because in case you didn’t know something mighty serious is happening now in the world. And not everything is as bad as it sounds.
To celebrate the launch of Religion and the Rebel by Colin Wilson published by Aristeia Press after 27 years out of print, we are giving away 2 copies in Goodreads. Enter the Giveaway to win a copy of this unique book, full of passionate knowledge and insight about what makes us human. Religion and the Rebel successor to the internationally acclaimed bestseller The Outsider is a read for those who love to be alone with a book, learning about themselves and discovering how great men in their incessant search for meaning arrived to beautiful and bold conclusions on how to live their lives more fully and consciously. Visit www.Aristeia-Press.
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Religion in its true sense is about our relationship with the sacred. To live life to the full is to understand the scope of our transcendental dimensions. Our sense of the sacred is what makes us Men. To honour who we are we must always seek knowledge and greatness. Ignorance and lack of education is unforgivable. Today we have at our reach everything we need to lead a richer and higher life. What we choose to read, to watch, to listen to, is what we are. In our "high cultur...e” reside our most precious achievements and values. To ignore it and choose a vulgar and mediocre option to fill our time is to lower ourselves. Thus, watch yourself closely.
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"The purest religion of any age lies in the hands of its spiritual rebels. The twentieth century is no exception. Nietzsche and Shaw both believed that the force behind life aims at the creation of higher and higher types of men — and ultimately, at the Superman, or Saint, or god."
Religion and the Rebel by Colin Wilson available now to pre-order in Amazon Kindle. On sale 10-10-17. Visit us in www. Aristeia-Press. Com
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