Download e-book for iPad: Ancient Philosophy of Religion: The History of Western by Graham Oppy, N. N. Trakakis

By Graham Oppy, N. N. Trakakis

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The origins of the Western philosophical culture lie within the historical Greco-Roman global. This quantity presents a special perception into the existence and writings of a various staff of philosophers in antiquity and provides the most recent considering on their perspectives on God, the gods, non secular trust and perform. starting with the 'pre-Socratics', the amount then explores the influential contributions made to the Western philosophy of faith through the 3 towering figures of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. The chapters that persist with hide the the major philosophers of the most important faculties of the traditional international - Epicureanism, Stoicism, Neoplatonism and the early Christian Church. "Ancient Philosophy of faith" can be of curiosity to students and scholars of Philosophy, Classics and faith, whereas last obtainable to any drawn to the wealthy cultural history of historic non secular proposal.

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Persephone’s robe), symbolizes the surface of the earth and its seasonal recovery by means of crops, flowers and other vegetation. A fourth title, Sacred Discourse (Hieros Logos), “should be a narrative about the gods, or at least a theological exposition of some kind, giving a basis for religious observances” (West 1983: 13). Given the Orphic and poetic character of this work, a theologia of a mythical rather than a physical type should be supposed here, leading up to a corresponding cultic theopraxia within the limits of the civic religion, but the fifth (unfortunately too general) title, Physics (Physika), leaves open the possibility that there also existed a more philosophical account of the nature (physis) of both the gods and the cosmos, perhaps comparable to Presocratic natural theology.

Aristoxenus’ reports about the Pythagoreans of the fourth century bce (Wehrli 1945: frs 33–4), as well as the opening lines of the Pythagorean Golden Verses, a late document of disputed dating, show that the Pythagoreans were interested, perhaps already from Pythagoras’ time, not only in gods but also in all kinds of divine beings (kreittones), especially daimones, heroes and the (divinized) souls of the dead, which are set in a hierarchical order. This distinction of separate ‘classes’ of the divine had obvious consequences for the establishment of a ‘protocol of worship’ within the context of a civic theology.

32 pythagoras fying Pythagoras with the Hyperborean Apollo) sees Pythagoras as a super-human being, in the literal sense of the word, and if we are not supposed to recognize in him a daimōn, then we have to see him at least as a divine man (theios anēr). To return to demonology proper, early Pythagoreans seem to have believed that the daimones inhabit the moon, that the air is full of them (as well as of souls of heroes), that they send dreams, signs and diseases to human beings and beasts, and that their number within a certain region remains constant (Brenk 1986: 2095).

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