Atlantis

Atlantis: An Interpretation by Manly P Hall, a 1976 revised edition pamphlet from the Philosophical Research Society, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Manly P Hall Atlantis

“The most famous of all accounts describing the condition of Atlantis and the causes for its destruction are to be found in the Critias and Timaeus of Plato. Most modern books dealing with the problem of Atlantis are built upon Plato’s description. The integrity and learning of this great philosopher can not be easily assailed. Had it not been for the weight of Plato’s authority, the whole subject would have been discredited by modern archaeologists.

There is, however, in fairness to both sides of the controversy, a certain weakness in Plato’s story. The thoughtful reader is impressed immediately by the allegorical and symbolic parts of the account. While these do not detract from the possibility that an Atlantic continent actually existed, they do present the necessary elements for an alternative interpretation. The anti-Atlantists content that in the Critias Plato takes a flight into fiction, in the words of Plutarch, ‘manuring the little seed of the Atlantis myth which Solon had discovered in the Egyptian temples.'” — Introduction